German champions Bayern Munich were no match for Divison 5 side Bremer SV as the Bundesliga giants' reserves routed the minnows 12-0 in their rescheduled German Cup game on Wednesday to book their place in the competition's second round.
The match was originally scheduled for August 6 but it had to be postponed due to a number of coronavirus infections among the Bremen-based team's players.
Before the tie, Bremer SV coach Benjamin Eta had called it a "game for the ages" and said that his personal wish was to see counterpart Julian Nagelsmann "jumping up because he is unhappy."
The story panned out very differently than what Eta had in mind. Nagelsmann's heavily rotated team took a 5-0 lead by halftime, with Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting scoring a hat trick.
Stars like Robert Lewandowski, Leon Goretzka, and Manuel Neuer were out of the Bayern squad, while Dayot Upamecano, Alphonso Davies, and Serge Gnabry sat on the bench. Kingsley Coman and Lukas Hernández are yet to recover from their injuries, so Omar Richards made his Bayern debut at left-back.
Choupo-Moting fired in off the underside of the crossbar to open the scoring in the eighth minute and Jamal Musiala made it 2-0 in the 16th. Musiala would have had a second goal in the 27th but Bremer defender Jan-Luca Warm's attempted clearance resulted in an own goal, seconds before Choupo-Moting scored his second. He completed his hat trick a few minutes later.
Nagelsmann made three changes at the break but there was no respite for the home team. Substitute Malik Tillman scored shortly after the restart on his senior debut for Bayern, then Musiala fired in another.
Leroy Sané – who was whistled by the Bayern fans in his previous game – scored with an effort that went in off the post in the 65th. He winked as he was congratulated by teammates.
As if the scoreline was not enough, the home side were reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute when Udo Nobile was sent off for hauling back the 19-year-old Tillmann. Nobile was applauded off by the home fans.
Taking full advantage of their team's strength in numbers apart from class, Michael Cuisance, Choupo-Moting, Bouna Sarr and Corentin Tolisso all scored in the final minutes.
(With AP inputs)