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Robert Lewandowski proved he is still one of the most formidable strikers in the world with a clinical performance against Red Bull Leipzig to win the DFB Pokal.
The game began at a frantic pace as Leipzig looked to press Bayern high up the pitch, with the supporting trio of Timo Werner, Marcel Sabitzer and Emil Forsberg causing all kinds of issues for Niko Kovac’s side.
They should have taken an early lead too, when Yussuf Poulsen fired a bullet header goalwards by Manuel Neuer pulled off an astonishing save to keep the scores level. Leipzig also claimed a foul on Ibrahima Konate in the box but VAR ruled nothing doing.
Bayern took the lead against the run of play. Good work by David Alaba and Kingsley Coman down the left saw the former send a cross into box. The ball found Lewandowski, who did well to find the power to send a header low into the net from the penalty spot.
Bayern took control of the game as their opponents seemed to run out of steam as the sting was taken out the game and the Bavarians cruised into the half time break with a lead.
Leipzig came out for the second half revitalised and reenergised. They forged a glorious chance on 48 minutes as Forsberg found himself one on one with Neuer. The Swede had time and space but seemingly telegraphed his intentions and Neuer thwarted him with a good stop low to his left.
They continued to put pressure on the Bayern defence but a combination of the solid defending by Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule with the poor decision making of the Leipzig attackers meant Neuer was rarely threatened.
With 15 minutes to play, Coman killed all hopes of a comeback with a delightful goal. The winger stopped took the ball from the sky on the turn, bamboozling the Leipzig defence before lashing a left footed effort high into the corner, giving his side breathing space and putting them on course for yet another trophy.
Before the final whistle could be blown, Lewandowski added to his tally, the striker ran clear on goal after chasing down a Joshua Kimmich clearance. Dayot Upamecano did his best to recover, but the Polish forward eased the defender away with his upper body strength before finishing with a neat chip over the advancing Gulacsi.
Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben entered the fray for what would be their final appearance for the club. Robben had an opportunity to make it 4-0 but snatched at his chance and sent it flying high over the bar.
The final whistle blew as Kovac and co celebrated. It was a fine farewell to Robben and Ribery, but the night belonged to Lewandowski who proved even in his advancing years he is one of the most lethal finishers in the game.