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Bayern Munich complete historic treble

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Bayern Munich finished the season in style (©GettyImages)
Bayern Munich finished the season in style (©GettyImages).

Bayern Munich made history on Saturday evening by wining DFB-Pokal and completing the treble.

Even though the likes of Luiz Gustavo and Dante were not part of the starting 11 because of their international duties, Bayern were able to complete a 3-2 win over Stuttgart.

After what seemed like an easy victory after the first hour display with Thomas Muller penalty and a Mario Gomez Brace, Stuttgart fought back bravely with two goals late in the game to ensure a nervy finish to the game.

Serdar Tasci brought down Arjen Robben around the half-hour mark in the penalty area by kicking his legs out, but the referee signalled the play to continue and all the shouts from Bayern players for a penalty were shrugged off.

During the 37th minute of the play Stuttgart's Ibrahima Traore committed a foul in the penalty area by bringing down Philipp Lahm. A calm and composed Muller took the penalty and his team had the lead of 1-0.

The first 15 minutes of the second half saw Mario Gomez dominating the game and made sure that he would be remembered in what was rumoured to be last game. The attacker converted a low cross from Lahm to add to the lead and just before his substitution on the hour mark. He then scored another goal, this time from a Thomas Muller cross, to make it 3-0.

After Gomez's heroics it was time for Stuttgart's Martin Harnik to step up.

With his side almost outclassed by the Bayern attack, Harnik made sure Jupp Heynckes' farewell was not a walk in the park and pulled back his team with a brace.

The first came from a powerful header with the cross from Gotoku Sakai which was completely out of reach of Manuel Neuer. Then, with just 10 minutes left on the clock, Harnik scored again to make it 3-2 which saw the ball being deflected off the post from Shinji Okazaki shot, falling to Harnik and Neuer saving his shot with an amazing kick which rebounded and fell again to Harnik, who finally scored thanks to a deflection from Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Stuttgart created a lot of pressure in the final few minutes of the game, but the champions were able to keep the lead and complete the historic treble.

 

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