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VfL Bochum 1-2 Bayern Munich: Initial reactions and observations

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Gnabry and Müller snatch late goals to save Bayern from an early exit in the DFB Pokal against a 2.Bundesliga side.

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Full-time — The game ends 2-1 and Bayern progress to the next round of the Pokal. A thrilling game in which Bayern fought until the end and showed character to come back from 1-0 down and win the game. Kudos to Bochum for playing with their hearts on their sleeves and taking the game to Bayern. Here are some initial observations:

  • Bayern made Bochum look like prime Atletico Madrid out there. This was possibly one of the worst performances of the decade from Bayern Munich, and its consequences could be far-reaching.
  • Alphonso Davies had a good game, and he was extremely unlucky to be the one to concede the own goal. In truth, Joshua Kimmich had as much to do with the goal as he did, and the whole sequence was a damming indictment of Bayern’s current defense.
  • Thomas Muller once again saves Niko Kovac in the Pokal. This has become a regular occurrence in this competition, given what happened last season against Heidenheim and Werder Bremen. One has to wonder why he wasn’t subbed on sooner.
  • Philippe Coutinho was once again anonymous. He might as well be on holiday at this point.
  • Jerome Boateng had a great game. In times like these, it’s important for senior players like him to step up and he’s done just that.
  • There is no way that performances like these can continue. Niko Kovac needs to come up with some answers — FAST.

89' — MÜLLEERRR !! Thomas Müller sends Coman's low ball in the box into the back of the net to put Bayern 2-1 up.


88' — RED CARD shown to Bochum's defender Bella-Kotchap for ball handling. Bochum now only left with 10 men on the field as they try desperately to steal the game.


86' — Coutinho shoots from his spot just on the edge of the box, but misses by inches.


85' — Gnabry takes another shot, but this time its deflected for a corner.


83' — GNAABRYYYYYY!! EQUALISES ! Bayern equalise from Gnabry's shot after he makes a sweet connection with Kimmich's cross.


80' — UNREAL FROM NEUER ! Neuer tracks back quickly to save a long shot aimed towards the unguarded Bayern goal.


79' — Bochum once again manage to clear Kimmich's ball into the box away.


76' — Kimmich's corner finds Lewandowski who fails to hit the target.


75' — Gnabry's cross is defended by Bochum for a corner.


71' — Another big chance missed by Bochum. Bayern survive a scare.


67' — So closeee!! Coman finds Lewandowski in the box with his cross but Lewy's header closely misses the goal.


65' — Final substitution for Bayern. Thomas Müller is subbed on for Tolisso in Kovac's attempt to save the game.


63' — Gnabry's flick misses the net. Bayern create more and more chances which they haven't been able to finish off.


61' — Lewy plays a beautiful ball into the box in the path of Gnabry who passes it back instead of shooting it, this could turn out to be a costly mistake.


57' — Subbedinho. Bochum boy Goretzka is subbed off for Philippe Coutinho.


56' — Tolisso once agains loses the ball in a risky position. Tolisso losing the ball while trying to hold on to it for too long has started to become a common sight in every game.


47' — Davies crosses into the box looking for Lewy but finds the keeper.


45' — Kimmich offside. Bayern players fail to push for an equaliser in the only minute of extra time.


43’ — Just missed it: Gnabry breaks through and manages to put a one-on-one shot over the goal. The offside flag comes up late.


36’ — GOAL Bochum! Oh no: Danny Blum fights his way forward all the way to the goal line and fires a lateral cross straight across the face of goal. No one from Bochum is there to intercept it, but Alphonso Davies inexplicably extends his leg into its path, redirecting it into the goal. What an unfortunate turn of events for the youngster in his second start!


31' — Bochum manage to get away again, after the freekick by Kimmich drops for Coman and then Tolisso, both of whose shots gets blocked.


30' — Coman brought down in the opposition third by Lee Chung Yong, yellow card.


27' — Shot by Davies ! The keeper manages to get across and save the Canadian's shot.


24' — Gnabry, Davies and Perisic string together a flashy piece of play that Bochum manages to snuff out.


22' Cross to find Lee Chung Yong in Bayern's box, ball defended by Goretzka and then Thiago before finding its way into Neuer's hands.


19' — Kimmich's lobbed ball finds Goretzka, who crosses the ball into the box! Serge Gnabry doesn't connect well and heads it over the goal. Goal kick.


17' — Bayern Corner. Kimmich's ball finds Perisic, headed straight at the keeper's hands.


16' — Shot by Tolisso! Saved by the goalie for a Bayern corner.


15' — Coman misses a good chance after a through ball from Davies puts him in a position to cut in and run into the box in front of goal. Its a pacy game! Both teams continue to dispossess the other each other


7' — Persic crosses the ball to find Coman who is marked closely and misses the ball.


5' — Another half chance for Bochum, shot on goal and a regular save by Neuer.


1' — Oof, once again Bayern are opened up early in the game and Bochum miss a big chance!


KICKOFF! The ball is set rolling in Bochum!


One hour until kickoff: We have lineups, and it’s unexpected. Niko Kovac has opted for a lot of rotation — no Robert Lewandowski, Philippe Coutinho, or Thomas Muller today. Alphonso Davies is at left back, Serge Gnabry plays at striker and its homecoming for Bochum boy Leon Goretzka!


After a long hiatus, the DFB Pokal is back! This time it’s VfL Bochum who hope to stop Bayern Munich dead in their tracks. Niko Kovac hasn’t lost in this competition for over two years now, and with speculation surrounding his job getting stronger by the day, he’ll want to keep that record going.

Bayern Munich will be without Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez, which means that a tight situation at the back is likely. While a game against a 2.Bundesliga team might seem like a good time to rest Robert Lewandowski, the Polish international is on a hot streak at the moment, and Kovac probably won’t want to upset that by benching him.

Aside from that, it’s anyone’s guess who will play. Maybe Leon Goretzka will get a chance to start against his former club. Maybe Alphonso Davies will be allowed to build on his performance from the weekend. Maybe Startinho will get his 9th consecutive start this season.

It’s Bayern time.


Match Info

Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Time: 8 pm local time, 3 pm EST

TV/streaming: Official YouTube live stream

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