Bayern Munich usually deals out the thrashings in Germany, not the other way around. The Bavarian powerhouse got a taste of its own medicine on Wednesday when Borussia Monchengladbach knocked Bayern out of the German Cup with a fully deserved 5-0 victory in front of its ecstatic fans.
It was Bayerns biggest ever defeat in the competition, the first time it conceded five goals in the German Cup since the 2012 final, when Borussia Dortmund wrapped up a domestic league and cup double with a 5-2 win. Bayern responded by winning the league, cup and Champions League treble the following year and every league title since.
Gladbach raced into an early three-goal lead with Kouadio Kon opening the scoring in the second minute, Ramy Bensebaini adding another goal in the 15th and then converting a penalty in the 21st.
It could have been more with the home team also missing two good chances in between.
It was the 35th minute before Bayern managed a shot at goal, with Serge Gnabry testing Yann Sommer in the Gladbach goal. Leon Goretzka forced a good save from Sommer after the break, but Bayerns revival was brief.
Breel Embolo made it 4-0 in the 51st and grabbed his second goal six minutes later with Manuel Neuer preventing worse as he saved from Dennis Zakaria.
The home fans sang Oh, wie ist das schn! (Oh, how wonderful this is!)” and can now look forward with optimism to the draw for the third round on Sunday.
Bayern was again without coach Julian Nagelsmann on the sideline due to his coronavirus infection, but he was able to communicate with his assistant, Dino Toppmller, who filled in.
Bayern started with both Lucas Hernandez and Joshua Kimmich in the lineup. The former found out earlier Tuesday that he would not face prison for violating a restraining order as he won his appeal in Madrid, and Kimmich made his first appearance since causing a furor over the weekend by voicing his concerns about getting a vaccine against the coronavirus.
Gladbach was one of only two teams to take points off Bayern in the league this season. The teams drew 1-1 in the opening game.
LEVERKUSEN ALSO OUT
Second-division club Karlsruher SC knocked Bayer Leverkusen out with a hard-fought 2-1 win. Its been a bad 10 days for Leverkusen, which started with a 5-1 rout at home to Bayern. The team hasnt won in three games since.
Union Berlin needed extra time to win 3-1 at third-division club Waldhof Mannheim.
Augsburg defeated Bochum 5-4 on penalties after their game finished 2-2 with extra time.
Christopher Buchtmann scored in extra time for St. Pauli to win 3-2 at second-division Dynamo Dresden.
Anthony Modeste scored two for Cologne to beat Bundesliga rival Stuttgart 2-0, and Hannover defeated Fortuna Dsseldorf 3-0.
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