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Bayern leave it late to squeeze through in DFB Pokal

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Two Bayern Munich goals in the last seven minutes saved the Bavarian giants from being knocked out of the German Cup in the opening round.

Bayern went a goal down in the 36th minute courtesy of Davies’s own goal.

While the visitors dominated Bundesliga 2 side VFL Bochum, they had little to show for their efforts.

The lowly hosts who are already embroiled in a possible relegation battle to the third tier of German football hung on with all they had.

According to ESPN, Bayern had 66 per cent possession, and 16 shots, of which 7 were on target.

While they did try to rest some of their stars, the likes of Lewandowski, Coutinho, and Muller were eventually introduced.

None of them had a hand in the equaliser.

In the 83rd minute, Serge Gnabry was assisted by Joshua Kimmich.

He scored a right footed shot from the centre of the box straight down the centre of the goal.

Right before the final goal, the hosts were reduced to ten men, after Armel Kotchap received a red card for a deliberate handball.

It was Muller though that got the all-important face-saving winner, in the 89th minute.

Kingsley Coman was the provider this time, leaving Thomas Muller with a virtual tap in from close range.

Final score: VfL Bochum 1 – 2 Bayern Munich.

While it was a victory, this kind of performance will have done nothing to ease the pressure on manager Niko Kovac.

Kovac’s ability to get the best out of his team is being brought into question and its performances like this that make for a good case against him.

Speaking to the press after the game, Kovac was full of praise for his opponents.

He was disappointed in his side, who needed some luck, in the end, to go through to the next round.

He said:

“We did a lot wrong for 60, 70 minutes. The substitution of Coutinho and Muller got better and in the end, we had a bit of luck against Bochum, who did really well.”

Muller being a sub in a game like this will not have done any favours in convincing him he has a future in Munich.

However, coming off the bench and scoring the winner may prove instrumental in him securing more playing time.