Full-strength Bayern Munich LOSING 4-1 after horror first-half vs minnows VfL Bochum despite Lewandowski opening scoring

BAYERN MUNICH completely COLLAPSED in a 4-2 defeat to VfL Bochum.

Remarkably, Robert Lewandowski handed Bayern a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute yet Bayern found themselves 4-1 down at half-time.

Bochum produced a comeback nobody saw coming, first equalising five minutes after Lewandowski's opener.

The game remained even for the next 25 minutes when three goals in six minutes turned the match on its head.

First former Brighton player Jurgen Locardia fired Bochum in front from the penalty spot before Christian Gamboa added a third two minutes later.

And Bayern did not know what hit them when Gerrit Holtmann scored a superb goal, bending the ball over Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich from a difficult angle outside the penalty box.

Bochum were in dreamland after that, with the club social media tweeting: "NO WAY NO WAY WE ARE IN DREAMLAND!! It's 4-1 to Bochum, an absolute masterpiece from Gerrit Holtmann, COME ON!!"

Incredibly, Bayern won 7-0 in the last meeting between the two sides in September 2021 and have won the seven previous encounters stretching back to 2009 – they have not lost to Bochum since 2004.

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Things almost got even worse for Bayern after half-time with Ulreich preventing further embarrassment when he saved from Holtmann.

Lewandowski added his second of the game with 15 minutes left on the clock but it was not enough to spark an unlikely fightback as the match finished 4-2.

Bayern will be grateful they boast a nine-point lead over second-place Borussia Dortmund.

But similar performances will see that gap cut over the next few weeks, and a Dortmund win over Union Berlin on Sunday would reduce the points difference to six.

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