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Bad night for European giants as Bayer, Juve and Barcelona suffered humiliating defeats

A first-choice formation was erased in DfB-Pokal’s third round, with Bayern conceding five in one game for the first time since 2012.

Kouadio Kone struck after just 80 seconds following a mistake by Alphonso Davies and suspenders from Ramy Bensebaini and Breel Embolo sealed the historic hammering.

Bayern had three successive victories, scoring 13 goals, with coach Julian Nagelsmann out of action due to Covid-19 and assistant Dino Topmoeller on the sideline.

But the Bavarians were far from the only big hitters to be humiliated as Barcelona sank into yet another loss, this time to Rayo Vallecano.

Veteran striker Radamel Falcao scored the only goal at Vallecas to leave Ronald Koeman’s side ninth in La Liga – but just six points off the top after Osasuna held Real Madrid 0-0.

The defeat resulted in Koeman’s dismissal from Camp Nou, with the Dutchman saying after the game: “I don’t know if my future is in danger.”

A fourth consecutive Carabao Cup trophy for the Spaniard proved to be one too many after a 5-3 loss on penalties followed by a 0-0 draw in 90 minutes. Phil Foden missed the decisive penalty at London Stadium.

End of the Juventus race

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Paulo Dybala’s penalty in the Italian Derby with Inter Milan in midweek extended Juventus’ unbeaten streak to nine games, but it was the old lady who was hit with a punch Wednesday.

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