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Champions League: Bochum stun Bayern Munich 3-2 in third straight loss

The Bavarians, who had Dayot Upamecano sent off for the second consecutive match after his dismissal in Wednesday’s Champions League loss to Lazio, showed no real game plan with coach Thomas Tuchel now facing mounting pressure

Reuters Bochum Published 20.02.24, 10:51 AM
Harry Kane looks dejected after Bayern Munich’s loss to Bochum in the Bundesliga in Bochum on Sunday.

Harry Kane looks dejected after Bayern Munich’s loss to Bochum in the Bundesliga in Bochum on Sunday. Getty Images

Champions Bayern Munich crashed to a 3-2 loss at VfL Bochum on Sunday for a third straight defeat in all competitions that saw them drop eight points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

The Bavarians, who had Dayot Upamecano sent off for the second consecutive match after his dismissal in Wednesday’s Champions League loss to Lazio, showed no real game plan with coach Thomas Tuchel now facing mounting pressure.

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Bayern had lost last week’s big league match against Leverkusen and suffered a 1-0 defeat Italy’s Lazio in their Champions League Round-of-16 first leg.

They were desperate to bounce back and did get a 13th-minute lead when Jamal Musiala drilled in from a tight angle as early pressure paid off.

Bundesliga top scorer Harry Kane should have made it 2-0 but he missed a sitter in front of goal in the 19th, firing wildly over the bar before the game was interrupted.

Fans started throwing tennis balls on to the pitch in protest at a planned foreign investment in the Bundesliga.

The 15-minute stop in play did wonders for Bochum’s game, with Takuma Asano completing a quick break to stun Bayern with a 38th-minute equaliser.

They completed their comeback before the break when Keven Schlotterbeck headed in a corner in the 44th.

Kevin Stoeger’s 78th-minute penalty put the game to bed after Upamecano was sent off for elbowing an opponent in the box, with a second booking.

Kane tapped in his 25th league goal in the 87th but it did little more than inject some late drama, with Bochum holding on to the three points.

Bayern, chasing a record-extending 12th straight league title, are in second place on 50 points, eight behind Leverkusen, while Bochum moved up to 11th on 25.

Milan’s defeat

AC Milan missed out on the chance to move into second in the Serie A standings when they lost 4-2 at mid-table Monza on Sunday after being reduced to 10 men early in the second half.

Milan remained third in the standings on 52 points, two adrift of second-placed Juventus and 11 behind leaders Inter Milan, who have a game in hand. The Rossoneri suffered their first league loss in more than two months to end their unbeaten run of nine games.

Matteo Pessina and Dany Mota put Monza ahead before substitutes Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic pulled Milan level. Warren Bondo and Lorenzo Colombo secured the hosts all three points with a goal apiece.

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