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RB Leipzig - FC Bayern Munich
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RB Leipzig 0-3 Bayern Munich. It's another domestic double for the Bavarians, capped by a brace from Robert Lewandowski and another fine strike from Kingsley Coman. They were worthy winners in the end.
This, you feel, will be the first of many DFB-Pokal final appearances for Leipzig, and they will rue missing a flurry of chances. Bayern have been ruthless, and their class has shone through in the end.
SAVE!! This hasn't been a hammering, but now the floodgates have well and truly opened as Kimmich forces Gulacsi into a save, Robben is under pressure from Haidara and the ball is controlled by the veteran before he skies his shot! What an ending that would've been for the winger!
- OffKingsley ComanFC Bayern Munich
- OnFranck RibéryFC Bayern Munich
SUB! Kovac immediately turns to the bench and summons Franck Ribery to replace Kingsley Coman.
- GoalRobert LewandowskiFC Bayern Munich
GOOOOOOAAAAAL!!!! RB Leipzig 0-3 Bayern Munich. It's a simple clearance from Kimmich that turns into a brilliant pass and Lewandowski is just too fast for Upamecano.
As Gulacsi comes out, the striker impudently just lifts the ball over the goalkeeper. It's a brilliant, brilliant finish. Lewandowski is booked for removing his shirt, but he won't care.
BOOKED! Dayot Upamecano becomes the first player in this final to go into the book as the referee deems this to have been a delibertae handball.
That's slightly harsh as his hand had nowhere to go. Kimmich's cross is met by Muller but it's directly at the keeper.
Kovac is remonstrating with his plaers on the touchline to focus and he very nearly pokes himself in the eye, that's how passionate he is.
SUB! Amadou Haidara is on for Konate as Leipzing make a third and final change.
His first touch was crucial and he left the Leipzig keeper with no chance. The Leipzig players were complaining that Lewandowski was obstructing Konate from getting across to Coman but it was more the defender doing the infringement.
Niko Kovac is closing in on a domestic double as the red flares go up in the Bayern end.
- GoalKingsley ComanFC Bayern Munich
GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL! RB Leipzig 0-2 Bayern Munich. It's all over, surely now as Kingsley Coman takes this ball out of the sky, works it onto his left foot and thumps this ball past Gulacsi to give Bayern clear breathing space!
Bayern have been passing the ball around really confidently this half, with Leipzig at times not being able to handle them as Alaba this time just isn't found on the overlap by Coman. It's been a simple but very effective tactc all evening.
SAVE! Neuer has to be alert to make the save from Werner's speculative shot. The Germany keeper has been very alert when he's needed to be tonight.
- OffSerge GnabryFC Bayern Munich
- OnArjen RobbenFC Bayern Munich
SUB! Arjen Robben enters for the last DFB Pokal game and the last game for Bayern as he replaces Serge Gnabry. He scored in his final league game for the club last weekend. What can he do here?
- OffWilli OrbánRB Leipzig
- OnDayot UpamecanoRB Leipzig
SUB! Leipzig make their second change and they have to start throwing caution to the wind here as Dayot Upamecano comes on in place of the ineffectual Orban.
WIDE! Lewandowski hangs in the air after arriving perfectly onto Gnabry's chipped centre from the right.
He's up there for so long and has no one around him, but this time the Poland striker can only flick his effort just wide of Gulacsi's right-hand post. He has his head in his hands as he knows that was a chance for him....
Hummels takes the ball in the face from a fierce shot from Poulsen from distance before Konate is able to clear from Coman's delicious cross from the left. It's really end-to-end stuff at the moment.
- OffJavi MartínezFC Bayern Munich
- OnCorentin TolissoFC Bayern Munich
SUBS! Konrad Leimer is on for Tyler Adams, and Bayern are also making their first change of the night as Javi Martinez is replaced by Corentin Tolisso. It's a big moment for Tolisso, who hasn't played since he sustained a cruciate ligament injury in September.
SAVE!! Hummels is allowed to run as he gets away from Adams and hammers the ball low at goal from distance, forcing Gulacsi into a smart save to his right.
Bayern come forward once more as Gnabry's cross is palmed onto the head of Thiago, who can't react quick enough to direct his effort on target. So close to a second!!
Poulsen and Sabitzer exchange passes down the right, but Sule is there once again in the right place to hook the ball around the post for a corner.
Bayern have conceded just three goals from corners all season, and they comfortably deal with Leipzig's latest assault as the clock ticks past the hour-mark.
CHANCE!!!! After Lewandowski is again thwarted by Gulacsi, Leipzig break at pace through Forsberg, who finds Werner in the channel down the right, he finds space for a fierce right-footed shot that beats Neuer but is kept out ON THE LINE by Sule!!!!!
So closer to a Leipzig leveller.
SAVE!!! Bayern very nearly catch Leipzig, and Halstenberg, sleeping as Coman combines really well down the left with Alaba, whose low inviting cross evades Lewandowski in the centre, but is met by Gnabry at the far post, forcing Gulacsi to dive to his right and make the save!
Leipzig, of course, started like a train in the first half before things petered out, and it is vital that they start to convert these opportunities into goals.
The clinical header from Lewandowski separates the two sides, and the Poland striker as it stands will become the German Cup's top goalscorer for the third successive season.
CHANCE!! Werner gets across at the near post to meet the low cross from Halstenberg, but Neuer is there once more to smother the flicked attempt. Again, Leipzig are not taking their chances.
SAVE!!! It's a strong, surging run from Konate as he releases Forsberg clean through on goal.... he's away from Hummels...
It's a slightly heavy second touch that doesn't give him the time for a better finish, but Manuel Neuer comes out quickly, dives to his left and makes a vital save to preserve Bayern's lead!
- 2nd Half
Here we go in the second half with neither side making any alterations at the break. Bayern get us back up and running with the sun having disappeared behind the west side of the Olympic Stadium here in Berlin.
OVER! Leipzig haven't come out of the dressing room here as they sit deep and allow Thiago a first-time strike at goal but it is sliced harmlessly over.
- End of 1st Half
There's been a bit of a delay to the end of this first half after a head collision between Muller and Adams.
Nothing intentional and in fact it's Muller who came off worse, but that will do it for the opening 45 minutes. Robert Lewandowski's header after 29 minutes separates the two sides.
CHANCE!!!! Bayern are knocking on the door for a second before half-time as Gulacsi smothers the low cross from Gnabry. Ribery raced from the bench ready to celebrate!
SAVE!! Moments later, this really should be the second goal as Lewandowski and Hummels can't convert from the cross from the left from Muller. Gulacsi saves the shot from Hummels in the end with his legs! Good reflexes!
GREAT BLOCK! Great piece of defending from Konate as he races back to his line to thwart Coman. The winger had rounded Gulacsi and only had to lift the ball into the open net, but the defender did so well to get back and clear before avoiding the post!
STAT! Lewandowski has moved up to joint fifth in the DFB Cup goalscoring charts, equalling Claudio Pizarro on 32 goals in this competition.
Leipzig just need to stabilise themselves at the moment as Poulsen produces a nice take and turn from Gulacsi's lofted ball, but Alaba manages to get back and deflect his attempted cross.
Kimmich is this time fouled by Adams to give Bayern a free-kick in a decent position on the right, but Poulsen is back doing his defensive duties to head clear.
The goal has just made RB Leipzig slightly more cautious, understandably, as Bayern have just been met by a wall of white since breaking the deadlock. It's the Bayern end making all the noise at present.
That's Robert Lewandowski's 190th goal in all competitions for Bayern, and here they come again as Muller slips Coman through down the right, but Orban does well to get across and intercept the low cross.
- GoalRobert LewandowskiFC Bayern Munich
GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!! RB Leipzig 0-1 Bayern Munich. WHAT A GOAL!!!! This is what Robert Lewandowski does best, and it's a superbly directed header to give Bayern an undeserved lead. Alaba gets down the left on the overlap, the ball is a little behind Lewandowski, but he is able to lean back and guide his header low into the corner beyond Gulacsi.
Bayern have just flicked a switch and Leipzig just couldn't cope with it. There's still a long way to go.
Leipzig are certainly looking the more likely as Werner shows his speed down the left-hand channel that is too much this time for Kimmich but his cross just forces Sabitzer a little too wide, before the returned centre is sliced over the crossbar.
TACKLE! Kimmich is having a very hard time containing the pace of Werner, and he makes another crucial tackle to prevent him from meeting the pass from Forsberg at the expense of a corner. Bayern cope with it, but you sense Leipzig are getting closer.
Konate and Lewandowski looks like being an absorbing battle this evening as the Poland striker hooks the ball onto Thomas Muller, but Konate again takes a blow to the head from the studs of the German.
WIDE! Bayern are yet to get going and after winning their first corner of the game, Coman sets up Alaba, but that's more likely to do damage to the cameramen than Gulacsi's goal, sliced high and wide from distance.
WHAT A BLOCK! Poulsen has a fine chance to release the trigger, as he makes a purposeful run into the box, but Kimmich gets back to produce a perfectly timed challenge just in time!
Konate is now down after losing his footing and having his head flicked back a little by Lewandowski whilst on the ground, but nothing intentional. Looked very uncomfortable but he'll be OK to continue.
There was a little bit of a pull and a hold from Lewandowski on Konate, so the Bayern striker was somewhat fortunate there, but we should say that was a superb save from Neuer.
Pure instinctive stuff as from distance, Sabitzer drags a right-foot shot a good few yards wide.
Leipzig have enjoyed the greater possession so far as Forsberg wins the corner off Hummels. Good movement from Werner there caused problems for Bayern. What can they make of this?
OFF THE BAR! The outswinger is met by Poulsen but his header is tipped onto the bar! Great reflexes from Neuer!!
Was there a little pull from Lewandowski on Konate's shoulder. He's happy for it not to be checked by the VAR officials. Play on.
Nice cushioned, one-touch football from Leipzig down the left very nearly gets Poulsen in behind Kimmich, but the Denmark striker is penalised for a push on the full-back.
We've seen the industry of Kampl already in this game as he seeks to grind down his opponents. The same can be said of the hounding work from Sabitzer, forcing Bayern back. The lofted ball forward from Alaba is headed out by Konate.
FOUL! Kimmich is this time penalised for a high boot on Halstenberg, awarding Leipzig a decent chance to load the box, with the Bayern fans bouncing arm in arm behind that goal on the right.
Neuer comes out to collect the outswinger from Halstenberg, comfortably.
WIDE!! Here's the first effort as Serge Gnabry chops inside Halstenberg and drags his left-foot shot a couple of yards wide of Gulacsi's left-hand post.
Leipzig look to make a bright start as Klostermann's ball down the line races away from Werner as Bayern gain the goal-kick.
Gnabry and Alaba combine before Klostermann sees the ball out down the other end. Both sides just feeling each other out in these early stages.
- 1st Half
After the German national anthem, the coin toss, the handshakes, it is RB Leipzig in their traditional white shirts and red shorts and socks, against Bayern Munich, in their red shirts, white shorts and white socks.
German head coach Joachim Löw has been spotted high in the stands at the Olympiastadion.
HERE WO GO!!
Techno music blasts out the overhead speakers, the flags go up and out come the players.
It's like Star Wars. The supporters at both ends reveal tifos and the strings play, the cymbols crash. It's glorious. And Niko Kovac looks very, very calm.
BATTLE FOR THE MIDFIELD
Despite this feeling a special day for Leipzig, it's always an ambition of Bayern's to win a major trophy, a week after lifting the Bundesliga.
After securing their seventh Meisterschale in a row, Bayern can secure a first double since 2016 and their twelth ever.
The battle for supremacy in midfield could prove critical to who wins this one tonight as the pre-match ceremony now gets into full swing.
COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF!
We're 15 minutes away from kick-off in Berlin, and the stands are already a sea of red and white. Having only been founded 10 years ago, Leipzig reached the Bundesliga in 2016, but this year has already been historic for them in the DFB-Pokal.
The Saxony club reached the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the competition for the very first time, so they can already feel a sense of achievement.
Both league encounters earlier this season proved tight indeed, with Bayern winning 1-0 at the Allianz Arena in December, before the reverse game ended in a stalemate.
CAN LEIPZIG BREACH NEUER?
Leipzig will like nothing more than to spoil the swansong for Ribery and Robben. They go in search of a first first major honour - and the players will also like to honour their manager.
Rangnick will also be waving goodbye to his role when he returns to become the club's sporting director after Saturday.
Manuel Neuer returns to the side after six weeks out with a claf problem, so the likes of Timo Werner will want to test him early...
BEST ATTACK vs BEST DEFENCE
No side in the 2018/19 Bundesliga season possessed a better defence than RB Leipzig, who conceded just 29 goals.
Ralf Rangnick's side have also only lost twice since the start of the calendar year, meaning Bayern will come up against strong opponents this evening in Berlin.
Meanwhile, Bayern themselves have the most potent attack with 88 goals scored in just 34 Bundesliga matches. ‘David vs. Goliath’, this is not.
Emil Forsberg, who starts in the plamaker role tonight, said: “We’ve had a lot of fun together.
"We also know what we have to do to win the final. We have been training hard each day and have managed to reach the final. We also now want to secure the title.”
FAREWELL TO THREE LEGENDS
Tonight marks the end of the road for three players who have served Bayern Munich with distinction for several years. Rafinha, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery will hope to bow out as with another Pokal trophy to add to their list of domestic honours.
Rafinha has enjoyed eight successful years in Bavaria, while Ribery collected his ninth Bundesliga title last week, more than any other player at the club.
Robben will forever be remembered fondly for his role in helping Bayern secure the treble in 2013, scoring the winner in the Champions League final as well as lifting the two major domestic titles.
RB LEIPZIG TEAM NEWS
RB Leipzig starting XI: Gulacsi, Halstenberg, Orban, Konate, Klostermann, Adams, Kampl, Forsberg, Sabitzer, Poulsen, Werner.
Subs: Cunha, Demme, Haidara, Laimer, Mukiele, Mvogo, Upamecano.
BAYERN MUNICH TEAM NEWS
Bayern Munich starting XI: Neuer, Sule, Hummels, Alaba, Kimmich, Martinez, Thiago, Gnabry, Coman, Muller, Lewandowski.
Subs: Ulreich, Rafinha, Boateng, Tolisso, Sanches, Ribery, Robben.
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Bayern can complete a domestic double with a 21st DFB-Pokal this evening at Olympiastadion in Berlin, but even that might not be enough to keep Niko Kovac in his job.
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