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Eintracht Frankfurt stun Bayern Munich to win 2018 DFB Pokal Final

That was the performance of a lifetime from Niko Kovac’s side.

BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: David Alaba #27 of FC Bayern Muenchen reacts during the DFB Cup final between Bayern Muenchen and Eintracht Frankfurt at Olympiastadion on May 19, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: David Alaba #27 of FC Bayern Muenchen reacts during the DFB Cup final between Bayern Muenchen and Eintracht Frankfurt at Olympiastadion on May 19, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.
(Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)


After Bayern is denied a late penalty even after VAR reviews it, Gacinovic scores on an empty net after Ulreich was in the Frankfurt box to score the equalizer.

Scenes in Berlin.

85’ - Bayern are pouring it on right now. Can they find an equalizer?

82’ - FRANKFURT GOAL! UNBELIEVABLE! Bayern get caught on another quick counter, and Rebic gives Frankfurt the late lead! Oh no!

80’ - Hummels out-jumped everyone on a corner kick, but his header crashed off the crossbar!

75’ - Lewandowski was inches wide from the go-ahead goal. It was more of a deflection off of him than anything else, but it was still close.

70’ - Kingsley Coman returns to the field for the final 20 minutes, replacing Thomas Müller. Coman was on fire before he went out with his injury, let’s see if he can recapture that magic.

64’ - Heynckes brings off Thiago for Corentin Tolisso. The Spaniard didn’t seem pleased to be coming off as he was shown on camera clearly yelling “NO!” and shaking his finger at the sideline before the sub was announced. Let’s see what Tolisso can do.

53’ - LEWANDOWSKI TIES IT UP! The big Pole knocks in Kimmich’s cross to level the score. Can Bayern push ahead here and add another?

46’ - The second half has started after the brief pyro party in both fan ends of the stadium delayed the kick by a few minutes.

Bayern weren’t great in that half, but they still should’ve grabbed a couple of goals. Lewandowski and Ribery are Bayern’s best (only?) threats going forward right now. They’re receiving next to nothing from Müller and James.

Will Heynckes make any halftime adjustments?


45+1’ - Willems receives a card for a foul on Kimmich. Bayern get a free kick out of it, but Javi Martinez heads it right into the arms of Hradecky.

45’ - Hasebe receives a yellow card for a shoulder to Thiago’s face. This game has been physical.

37’ - Frankfurt hit Bayern on a quick counter when Süle is caught in no man’s land after being spun like a top! Luckily for Bayern, De Guzman misread a pass from Rebic that would’ve put him one-on-one with Ulreich. Phew.

Lewandowski then gets a card for a foul on Hasebe in midfield.

35’ - Ribery is fouled on top of the box once again. This time, Lewandowski’s free kick is wide left. Frankfurt still lead 1-0.

30’ - This has been a remarkable half hour by Niko Kovac’s men. On paper, they’re clearly outclassed at every position of the field, yet here we are half an hour in and they’re on top.

24’ - Bayern are slowly asserting control on the match, and a header from Joshua Kimmich goes just wide!

11’ - FRANKFURT GOAL! Oh no! James Rodriguez turns the ball over in midfield, and a quick pass from Kevin Prince Boateng up the middle frees Ante Rebic for a break. He beats Sven Ulreich for the goal. Frankfurt lead 1-0!

8’ - LEWANDOWKSI OFF THE CROSSBAR! His free kick smashes off the crossbar, but nobody can put the rebound in the back of the net. Still 0-0.

7’ - Carlos Salcedo is booked for a foul on Robert Lewandowski just outside the penalty area.

5’ - Frankfurt came out from the opening whistle playing very fast with high pressure all over the field. The goal is clear: catch Bayern off guard and try to snag an early goal.

1’ - We have kickoff in the DFB Pokal Final! AUF GEHT’S BAYERN!

James heads to the field in style.

Bayern fans are in full voice before kickoff!

Frankfurt fans taunt Jupp! “Heynckes Lives - For Now”

Hey! It’s Berni and Frankfurt’s giant, terrifying, golden eagle Attila.

The lineups for both sides are out!

Here we are, the final game of the season.

The 2018 DFB Pokal final will likely be a bittersweet one for Bayern Munich, as it reflects the changing of an era. This will be the last time our venerated manager Jupp Heynckes takes to the sidelines. In an odd twist of fate, he will face his successor — the young, up-and-coming Niko Kovac. Eintracht Frankfurt are a solid team with a great defense, so it won’t be an easy game, but Bayern Munich will likely want to give it their all to send off our manager in style, with a double.

Match Info

Location: Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany

Time: 8 pm local time, 2 pm EST

TV/Streaming: USA (ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes+), Germany (ARD Das Erste, TeleClub Sport Live, Sky Go Deutschland, Sky Sport 1 HD)

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