Kane goal not enough as Bayern suffer third defeat in nine days

Harry Kane of Bayern Munich looks dejected after Kevin Stoeger of VfL Bochum (not pictured) scores his team's third goal from the penalty spot during the Bundesliga match between VfL Bochum 1848 and FC Bayern München at Vonovia Ruhrstadion on February 18, 2024 in Bochum, Germany.

England captain Harry Kane's late goal at Bochum was not enough as Bayern Munich suffered their third defeat in nine days.

Bayern took the lead through Jamal Musiala, before the first of two stoppages following fans' protests.

Bochum scored twice, with goals from Takuma Asano and Keven Schlotterbeck.

Kevin Stoger's penalty made it 3-1 after Dayot Upamecano had been sent off and, despite Kane's 25th league goal of the season, it was not enough.

Thomas Tuchel's Bayern are now eight points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

Tuchel said winning the Bundesliga title "does not look very realistic", but added: "Last season we believed until the end and we were rewarded. So we will keep working at it."

Bayern have been German champions in each of the past 11 seasons but now face the possibility of ending the campaign without a trophy.

They lost in the German Super Cup in August and then went out of the German Cup in the second round to third-tier Saarbrucken in November.

Tuchel's side lost 3-0 at Leverkusen on 10 February and were then beaten 1-0 by Lazio in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in midweek.

Referring to the pressure on him following his team's third loss, Tuchel added: "That happens after every defeat.

"The 'how' we played is key. The 'how' was good and that's why this 90 minutes are very different from the second half at Lazio or the game at Leverkusen."

This defeat was the first time Bayern have lost three matches in a row since May 2015, when managed by Pep Guardiola.

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