Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller rescue Bayern Munich with two goals in last SIX minutes to avoid German Cup third-round upset at second tier Bochum
- Bochum went ahead in the first half following Alphonso Davies’ own goal
- Serge Gnabry finally made an impact in the 84th minute when he equalised
- Bochum were dealt another blow when Armel Bella-Kotchap was sent off
- Thomas Muller completed the comeback when he scored in the 89th minute
German Cup holders Bayern Munich recovered from an own goal to avoid a humiliating second round exit to Bochum after two late strikes secured a 2-1 win on Tuesday.
Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller struck in the 83rd and 89th minutes respectively for record 19-time Cup winners Bayern to save coach Niko Kovac’s blushes.
Bochum had taken the lead in the 36th minute when Bayern’s Alphonso Davies directed Danny Blum’s cross into his own net at the Ruhrstadion.
Thomas Muller celebrates after Bayern Munich came from behind to beat Bochum
Serge Gnabry got Bayern back on level terms after the German champions had fallen behind
Bayern were dealt a huge blow in the first half Alphonso Davies’ own goal put Bochum ahead
That gave Bochum confidence to go forward and they tested Bayern’s defence several times.
Bayern weren’t showing signs of the side who beat Tottenham in the Champions League in such convincing fashion.
Kovac, who had heavily rotated his players, sent Muller, Robert Lewandowski and Philippe Coutinho on from the bench to try and turn the game around.
Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich reacts after Davies’ unfortunate own goal gave his side work to do
Bayern were given a boost in the closing stages when Armel Bella-Kotchap was sent off
Gnabry equalised with a neat finish from Joshua Kimmich’s cross before Bochum were reduced to 10 men, with defender Armel Bella-Kotchap dismissed for handball in the 88th.
A minute later Muller took advantage to finish from Kingsley Coman’s cross and earn Bayern a last-gasp victory.
It was late but it will matter nonetheless to Kovacs who aiming for success on all fronts this season.