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Bayern Munich win their 20th DFB Pokal over Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern’s second title of the season came thanks to goals from Alaba, Gnabry, and Lewandowski.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup Final Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

After a long fought campaign for yet another jewel in their treble gauntlet, Bayern Munich have won the DFB Pokal for a record 20th time today, defeating Bayer Leverkusen by a score of 4-2.

The opening goal came in the 16’ off a free kick at the top of the 18 yard box after a foul on Robert Lewandowski. A well-struck free kick from David Alaba curled itself into the top left corner to put Die Roten ahead.

It took Bayern only nine minutes to add another goal to its tally when a wonderful through-ball from Joshua Kimmich found a sprinting Serge Gnabry, who cleanly finished his shot into the lower left corner.

After the restart of the second half, Robert Lewandowski scored his 50th goal of the season from a long-range cannon of a goal over 30 yards out. He took one touch to control Manuel Neuer’s clearance and took his chance. One Lukas Hradecky howler later, Bayern’s lead stood at 3-0.

Leverkusen defender Sven Bender was able to restore some honor to Die Werkself by turning in a header off a corner in the 64’ to break the clean sheet.

Then, just at the death of the match in the 88’, Robert Lewandowski sealed the deal for the title, chipping the ball into the net.

However, Leverkusen decided it wasn’t over yet. An Alphonso Davies handball into the box gave Kai Havertz a penalty in the 90+5’, which he converted for a final scoreline of 4-2.

Road to Berlin

For each team, as it is each year, both teams faced a tough path to reach the final of the German Cup.

Bayer Leverkusen

After opening up their cup journey with a 4-1 win over Alemannia Aachen, the remainder of the games for Die Werkself were close and scrappy affairs.

The Round of 32 was a tight affair against a poor performing SC Paderborn side. Surprisingly, the only contribution to the scoresheet came in the form of a 25’ goal from Lucas Alario. In the Round of 16 against VfB Stuttgart, it took a Stuttgart own goal in the 72’ to kick off the scoring, with each team adding one more goal to make it a 2-1 win.

In the Quarterfinals against 1. FC Union Berlin, Bayer were forced to claw back from an early deficit after Markus Ingvartsen scored in the 39’. Leverkusen didn’t respond until the 72’ and chipped in two goals in the final five minutes to wrap things up at 3-1. Finally, in the semifinals, they ruined the fairy tale story of the year in German soccer, easily handling 1. FC Saarbrücken with a final score of 3-0 and making their first Pokal final since 2009.

Bayern Munich

The road to Berlin wasn’t as smooth as it has been for Die Rekordmeister as it has in years past. After an easy 3-1 win over East German side Energie Cottbus, the rest of Germany sought to challenge the Bavarians at every turn.

In one of the toughest matches of Niko Kovać’s tenure, Bayern’s Alphonso Davies slipped up with an own goal in the 37’ in the second round matchup against VfL Bochum. Bayern didn’t find their response until two goals from Serge Gnabry and Thomas Müller came in the 84’ and 89’ respectively and onward they went. TSG Hoffenheim awaited Die Roten in the next round and while a 4-3 scoreline and two early own goals suggest a close game, Bayern were thoroughly in control thanks to a goal from Müller and a brace from Robert Lewandowski, all coming by the 80’.

A 1-0 victory in the Quarterfinals over Schalke was Bayern’s final game before the coronavirus pause. It was a chippy affair, and a 40’ goal from Joshua Kimmich was all that was needed to seal the win. Lastly, a 2-1 win in the semifinals over Eintracht Frankfurt was the final hurdle for this team as they made their third straight Pokal final.

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