Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday night was a relative walk in the park for the German champions, but one of their players did endure a hard time.
A defensive Barca XI failed to pose a threat to the Bavarians all night, with two goals from Robert Lewandowski and a deflected strike from Thomas Muller securing the three points.
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New Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann made a flood of substitutions as the second half wound down, but saw Kingsley Coman disappear after he was called upon to enter the fray.
The former Leipzig and Hoffenheim manager looked to trade his wingers Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane for Serge Gnabry and Coman, but was only able to bring Gnabry on as Coman returned to the bench.
The Frenchman then went back to the dressing room with the assumption that he had injured himself warming up for his substitution.
However, it was later confirmed the real reason for the delay was far more awkward than initially presumed.
“King had a bit of a stomach problem shortly before the substitution,” Nagelsmann explained.
“That’s why we had to wait a short time until the toilet visit was over. Then we made the change.”
Coman emerged from the dressing room 10 minutes later and was substituted for Sane, whose seat on the bench hopefully hadn’t been kept too warm.
This, surprisingly, isn’t the first time in recent weeks that a top-level athlete has seen their game interrupted by mother nature, with similar events coming in other sports.
During Andy Murray’s loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open the Greek disappeared to the changing room for eight minutes before the fifth and final set, which he went on to claim.
Murray was irate at the time saying: “It has never once taken me that long to go to the toilet, ever!”
Hamilton had a far more harrowing experience at the Belgian Grand Prix last month, when taking the opportunity to use the track’s facilities during one of the rain delays.
Returning to his car, Hamilton’s radio was picked up, in which he said: “I’m glad I went to the toilet. The one I went to, someone had dropped a crazy bomb in there. The worst thing ever…It’s going to haunt me for life.”
Two races later at the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari driver Charles LeClerc made a surprise stop in practice telling his team: “I need to box. I cannot explain it here.”
His car was quickly vacated in the garage, with the assumption that he had to make a different kind of pit stop.