RB Leipzig put in a Herculean effort to take Bayern Munich to penalties with just 10 men before losing 5-4 in their DFB-Pokal second-round tie at the Red Bull Arena.
RB Leipzig 1 Bayern Munich 1 (4-5 pens)
- Forsberg denied by woodwork in first half
- Keita dismissed for two yellow cards
- Bulls lead courtesy of Forsberg penalty
- Thiago hits back swiftly for Bayern
- Ulreich the hero in shootout with save
Two incidents affected the cup-tie, with the Bulls awarded a penalty in the first half which was then changed to a free-kick, before Naby Keita received his marching orders early in the second half.
They eventually led through Emil Forsberg’s second-half penalty, but Thiago quickly equalised for Jupp Heynckes’ side to force extra-time, which brought no further goals and Bayern came out on top in the shootout.
Bayern enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the first half, but the hosts did well to limit them in the final third.
Kingsley Coman went close to breaking the deadlock in the eighth minute, however, when good link-up play between Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski created the opening for the French midfielder, who was denied at close range by a last-ditch interception from Bernardo.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men had the better chances from that point on, with Forsberg beating three defenders before seeing his shot from inside the six-yard box blocked by Jerome Boateng in the 24th minute.
Jean Augustin should have opened the scoring four minutes later after making space for himself inside the area, but his tame effort allowed Sven Ulreich to make the save.
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The big talking point arrived in the 34th minute when the referee pointed to the spot for Arturo Vidal’s foul on Forsberg. However, the decision was overturned after consultation between the match officials, with a free-kick given instead, from which the Swede struck the top of the crossbar.
The two teams could not be separated at the break, but a second yellow card for Keita in the space of eight minutes changed the complex of the game.
Lewandowski wasted a golden opportunity to put the Bavarians ahead on 65 minutes after a mistake in midfield sent the Polish striker racing through on goal, but he dragged the ball wide of the goal with just Peter Gulacsi to beat.
The Bulls won a clear penalty just three minutes later when Yussuf Poulsen went down under a challenge from Boateng, and Forsberg made no mistake from 12 yards out to make the breakthrough.
Their lead lasted a mere five minutes as Boateng made amends for his mishap with a pin-point cross that was powerfully headed home by Thiago to restore parity.
Gulacsi kept his team in the contest with an outstanding save to deny Thiago on the volley from the edge of the box in the 80th minute, while Joshua Kimmich could have won it in the final minute had his header been on target from Robben’s free-kick.
The visitors failed to take the opportunities that came their way in extra-time, with Gulacsi pulling off a double save from Lewandowski’s header and Kimmich’s shot on the follow-up in the 100th minute.
Substitute Okyere Wriedt then struck the woodwork with a header from a corner four minutes later, before Lewandowski saw his shot expertly saved by Gulacsi soon afterwards.
The Bulls thought they had scored the winner on 115 minutes when substitute Timo Werner had the beating of Ulreich, but the offside flag cut short their celebrations.
The clash would be decided by penalties, and after each team converted their first four spot-kicks, Ulreich guessed correctly to deny Werner as Bayern emerged 5-4 victors.