Lewandowski strike seals cup win

A late Robert Lewandowski strike was enough to hand Bayern Munich the 1-0 win, and an Audi Cup triumph, over Real Madrid in the final at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

Bayern 1 Real Madrid 0
Costa lively throughout
Bayern put on dominant display
Lewandowski slots home winner
Hosts lift Audi Cup

Match summary

Bayern Munich were certainly the better side throughout the opening half, Douglas Costa in particular impressing, even if the two sides went into the break scoreless.

The Bavarians continued their dominance after the break, but Madrid could have had the lead with a few half-chances of their own.

The hosts finally got their breakthrough with two minutes remaining, Robert Lewandowski tapping home from a great Costa free kick.

Full report

Both sides were quick off the mark in an exciting opening half-an-hour, without really crafting any real scoring opportunities.

Bayern were so nearly ahead after 12 minutes after Philipp Lahm headed the rebound narrowly wide after David Alaba had a fierce effort from distance tipped onto the cross bar.

Bayern were almost gifted the lead on 40 minutes, Muller nearly finding the back of the net thanks to the luckiest of deflections off Sergio Ramos, only to be denied by the upright.

Mario Gotze really should have opened the scoring on 44 minutes after Costa had brilliantly broken free of his marker, but was denied by a terrific Keylor Navas save from close range.

Lewandowski will have been kicking himself after missing Costa's low ball across the box with an open goal beckoning on 60 minutes.

Asier Illaramendi nearly caught Manuel Neuer napping with a long-range effort in the 70th minute, but the Germany number one came up trumps, tipping the ball over the cross bar at the last second.

Navas then kept Madrid in the game with two last-ditch reaction saves to deny Muller and Alaba from close range.

The lively Costa then drilled a fierce effort just wide of the mark before Bayern finally opened the scoring, Lewandowski slotting home from close range from a Costa free kick in the 88th minute.

The goal was enough to see Bayern through to the end of the game and hand the tournament hosts an Audi Cup victory.

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