READING Under-23s exited the Premier League International Cup after a 3-1 defeat against Bayern Munich II on Monday.

Second-half goals from Meritan Shabani and Alexander Nollenberger put the German visitors in front in the semi-finals tie.

Royals substitute Tyler Frost pulled one late on but it was not enough to force extra time as Derrick Kohn bagged a third Bayern goal in time added on.

Reading started the European semi-final with six graduates to the first team and were supported by more than 2,000 spectators at the Madejski Stadium.

Bayern had the opportunity to take the lead in the first half when the referee pointed to the spot after Royals keeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke brought down a striker inside the box.

Kwasi Okyere-Wriedt, capped twice at senior level by Ghana, took the resulting spot-kick but sliced it well wide of the post.

The home team had the ball in the back of the net five minutes into the second half as Josh Barrett slotted into the far corner, but the assistant referee already had his flag up for offside.

Bayern then went straight up the other end to break the deadlock as Shabani stole the ball from Thomas Holmes and finished coolly past Boyce-Clarke into the far corner.

The visitors secured their spot in the final three minutes from time when a quick counter-attack saw Nollenberger curl a 25-yard shot into the top corner with his right foot.

In the final minutes of stoppage time, Frost fired in a powerful volley to give the Royals some hope of a leveller.

Those hopes were extinguished with the final kick of the game however as Kohn chipped a shot over Boyce-Clark to send the Germans through.