Third division team 1. FC Saarbrücken beats Bayern Munich 2-1 and knocks the defending champions out of the German Cup.
Konrad Laimer and Bayern Munich have been sensationally eliminated from the German Football Cup – again. The Munich team lost 1:2 (1:1) to third division side Saarbrücken on Wednesday evening, and as has happened in the past three years, the team fell short long before the final. Three days before facing Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, the cup winners found it tougher in the second round match, which had been in jeopardy for an extended period due to torrential rain. Thomas Muller’s lead (16) was not enough for the visitors, who rested their star striker, Harry Kane. Patrick Sontheimer equalized for the third division team before the break (45 + 1), then Marcel Gauss (96) shot the ball into luck. Matthijs de Ligt’s knee injury spoiled Bayern’s evening, and Laimer replaced him in the 24th minute.
Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen showed no weakness with a 5-2 win away to third-tier club Sandhausen. Werkself achieved their clear victory in the end only with three late goals scored by Adam Hlozek (85th) and Amine Adly (88th and 92nd). Borussia Dortmund narrowly preserved its 1-0 victory over Hoffenheim in front of its fans, and the winning goal was scored by Marco Reus, who was eventually replaced by Marcel Sabitzer. On the other hand, Freiburg failed at home to second division club Paderborn 1:3. Freiburg’s attack with Junior Adamo (substituted at half-time) and Michael Gregoritsch remained pale, and defender Philipp Lenhardt was replaced at half-time when the score was 0-2. Karim Onisiwu was unable to play a decisive role for his club Mainz in the second division Hertha Berlin, as he played for the entire season in the 0-3 (0-1) defeat. Former Austrian Haris Tabakovich scored two goals. (Abba)
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