What Bayern Munich players did after losing DFB-Pokal Cup final to Eintracht Frankfurt

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While the FA Cup final was lacking in drama, the DFB-Pokal Cup final in Germany more than made up for it.

Eintracht Frankfurt produced an almighty shock to beat Bayern Munich 3-1 in the final - but that doesn't even begin to tell half the story.

Ante Rebic had given Frankfurt an early lead but Robert Lewandowski equalised shortly after half-time.

But it was in the final eight minutes that the final really came alive.

Rebic grabbed his second in the 82nd-minute and appeared to win the game for Frankfurt.

In injury-time, VAR controversially denied Bayern a penalty with referee Felix Zwayer re-watching the incident before giving a corner.

Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich came up to attack the corner but Frankfurt cleared, allowing Mihat Gacinovic to break clear and score in the empty net.

It was the last kick of the game - Cue mad celebrations.

It was a disastrous end to Jupp Heynckes’ spell at Bayern, with outgoing Frankfurt boss, Niko Kovac, set to replace him at the Allianz Arena.

Certainly not the best way to get the Bayern fans on your side…

However, while Kovac was celebrating his side’s victory, Heynckes and the Bayern side were pretty disrespectful.


After receiving their runners-up medals, they went straight into their changing room - refusing to watch Frankfurt lift the trophy. Only captain Manuel Neuer and substitute goalkeeper Tom Starke were still on the field and applauded as Frankfurt lifted the DFB Pokal trophy.

This broke the tradition of losing cup final sides and Heynckes was unsurprisingly asked about the behaviour of him and his players at full-time.

"Oh, well, I have to honestly admit that the players and I did not think about it at the moment," Heynckes explained when he was asked about his behavior

"In retrospect, that's right, but I want to make up for it here and congratulate Eintracht Frankfurt for the Cup.

“I would have expected that a person in charge of FC Bayern or the DFB tells us to wait until the trophy is presented. I did not think about it at that moment, otherwise I would have asked my team to stay."

While Joshua Kimmich added: "If it's disrespectful, I'm sorry, that was not our intention, there was a lot of disappointment.”

Either way, we doubt Frankfurt cared whether the Bayern players were still on the pitch or not as they celebrated their cup triumph…

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