Lewandowski Passes 50-goal Mark As Bayern Win 20th German Cup To Complete Double
Bundesliga champions Bayern controlled at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium as David Alaba smashed house an early free-kick before Serge Gnabry added the 2nd objective in the first-half.
Lewandowski has 51 objectives in total this season after scoring two times in the second-half either side of a Sven Bender header for Leverkusen.
Kai Havertz converted a charge deep into added time for Leverkusen.
” In the 2nd half we showed that we are the better team and wished to be cup winners,” stated man-of-the-match Lewandowski.
Bayern, crowned Bundesliga champions for the eighth straight year last Saturday, have actually won all of their 11 games because the season resumed in mid-May after a two-months hiatus due to the coronavirus.
They might complete the season winning the treble as they are amongst the favourites for the Champions League finals in Lisbon next month.
This was the 13th time in the club’s history they have actually won the double.
Lewandowski, crowned Bundesliga top-scorer for the fifth time last weekend, netted six times in the cup, has 34 league objectives and 11 more in the Champions League this season.
Leverkusen completed a hat-trick of beats after also losing the 2002 and 2009 cup finals in Berlin.
When Lewandowski was clattered by defender Edmond Tapsoba on 16 minutes, it was Alaba who swung the resulting free kick inside the post to give Bayern the opening objective.
They doubled their lead after Joshua Kimmich won the ball in midfield 8 minutes later.
His pass divided the defence, Gnabry ran onto the ball and fired past Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky to make it 2-0 at the break.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer raises the German Cup trophy after Saturday’s 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkuen on Saturday in Berlin. SWIMMING POOL/ Michael Sohn
” We are so delighted that we got the double. In the very first half we had the game entirely under control,” stated Gnabry.
With fan’ calls echoing around the near-empty terraces of the cavernous stadium, where Germany head coach Joachim Loew was among a handful of visitors, the video game was played in a spooky atmosphere.
” It’s a bit of a sad minute,” confessed Bayern forward Thomas Mueller, who regreted the lack of fans, after winning the German Cup for the 6th time in his profession.
” If the fans are missing out on at such a cup final, it’s not the very same.
” We have actually succeeded this season over long stretches, however it likewise hurts a bit.”
Having actually skied a chance at objective minutes previously, Lewandowski made it 3-0 when he managed a clearance kick by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and tried a long-range speculative shot at Hradecky.
The Leverkusen keeper parried the shot, but seen in horror as it rolled behind him and over the objective line on 59 minutes.
” I noticed that the goalkeeper was a bit off his line, so I thought I ‘d simply give it a try,” revealed Lewandowski.
” It was a little surprise it went in, but you constantly need to try.”
It fired life into Leverkusen, whose centre-back Sven Bender slipped his marker Leon Goretzka and headed house on 64 minutes.
Leverkusen nearly got a 2nd moments later when Kevin Volland and Havertz both stopped working to get in touch with a cross.
Lewandowski claimed his 2nd when he fired house Ivan Perisic’s pass on 89 minutes.
Bayern protector Alphonso Davies yielded the charge in the fourth minute of included time which Havertz transformed right before the whistle.