After winning their seventh straight Bundesliga title, Bayern Munich was looking to add some more hardware to their collection against Red Bull Leipzig in this season’s DFB Pokal German Cup. That mission was fulfilled this evening with a 3-0 victory at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany.
The match started off rather briskly as both teams attempted to attack quickly along the flanks. Leipzig experienced the first major scoring opportunity in the 10th minute when attacker Yussuf Poulsen tried a header off of a corner kick with a quick run to the near post. However, Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer deflected the ball with his hand into the crossbar with the defense being able to clear the ball out of the penalty area.
After this save, Bayern increased their offensive pressure with more possession over the next few minutes. Leipzig was clearly affected by the pressure as they became more defensive. To relieve pressure, Leipzig continued to send long balls out of the zone.
However, the pressure of Bayern was rewarded in the 29th minute. Munich winger Kingsley Coman had possession of the ball along the left side of the penalty box when defender David Alaba made an overlapping run to the outside. Coman passed the ball to Alaba, who sent a cross into the box to striker Robert Lewandowski. Lewandowski was able to head the ball past Red Bull keeper Peter Gulacsi for the first goal of the match. The score remained 1-0 at halftime.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Red Bull Leipzig tried to score quickly and created a prime opportunity that sprang midfielder Emil Forsberg on a breakaway. However, Neuer was able to stand tall and deflect the kick from Forsberg out of play to preserve the lead for Bayern.
Munich was able to add to the lead in the 78th minute when Coman received a cross into the penalty area. He appeared to be setting up to immediately volley the ball towards the net, but he faked the defenders out by letting the ball land at his feet. He then was able to maneuver around a couple of defenders and put the ball into the goal for Bayern to go up 2-0.
The rout was then on as Bayern capitalized upon Leipzig being demoralized when Lewandowski scored on a breakaway goal seven minutes later to put the game away with a 3-0 victory.
Winning trophies in back-to-back weeks would be gratifying for other teams in Germany, but not for Bayern Munich. Even though Bayern has pulled off the domestic double, the organization has recently talked about firing head coach Niko Kovac.
Here are the starting lineups from the match. Red Bull Leipzig went with the standard 4-4-2 formation, while Bayern employed a 4-2-3-1 attacking formation with two central defending midfielders and with three attacking midfielders.
Red Bull Leipzig – Goalkeeper: Gulacsi. Defenders: Konate, Klostermann, Orban, Halstenberg. Midfielders: Adams, Forsberg, Kampl, Sabitzer. Attackers: Poulsen, Werner.
Bayern Munich – Goalkeeper: Neuer. Defenders: Kimmich, Alaba, Hummels, Sule. Midfielders: Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez, Coman, Muller, Gnabry. Attacker: Lewandowski.