On Saturday Bayern Munich players celebrated before void stands in the wake of asserting its twentieth German Cup title.
Due to the coronavirus, the Munich side demonstrated its residential strength by beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in the nation’s first cup last held without the presence of the spectators.
“It’s a bit sad when the fans are missing for such a cup final in such a great stadium.” – Thomas Müller said.
“I was thinking about it during the award ceremony. It hurts a bit.” – he added.
Bayern had just won its eighth consecutive Bundesliga title. They retained the cup with goals from David Alaba, Serge Gnabry and two from Robert Lewandowski as the Polish passed the 50-goal mark this season.
Bayern won subsequent straight Bundesliga title and cup twofold – making its thirteenth in general. Presently Bayern is focusing on the revamped Champions League in August as it offers to rehash the treble-winning season under Jupp Heynckes in 2013 against a thrilling final against Dortmund.
Since 1993, it’s the first title that the Leverkusen side had been pursuing. They won the DFB Pokal back in 1993. From that point forward it has wrapped sprinter up on nine events in various rivalries, activating insults of “Vicekusen” from rivals.
Only 691 people were allowed to watch the finals which also included German National team head coach Joachim Low who watched on while wearing a black face mask.
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Cleanliness measures were exacting. Regularly boisterous streets would be abounding with traffic and fans in front of the German soccer masterpiece. However, the territory was shockingly peaceful before the opening shot.
Food merchant Sven Grosch stood by tediously with his arms collapsed behind his counter as just a stream of inquisitive spectators cruised by. He was the one in particular who opened his booth to sell hotdogs, lager and fries.
“It’s just sad without fans. The money given by government is not sustainable. I hope supporters are allowed back at games sooner rather than later.” – he said.
Bayern dominated from the start and could have been leading by more than two goals at the break.
David Alaba opened the scoring with a splendid free kick inside the upper right corner in the sixteenth minute and Leverkusen was thankful to goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky for blocking Thomas Muller from short proximity in the blink of an eye a while later.
Gnabry scored a brilliant second goal for the Bayern side making it 2-0. Leverkusen midfielder Sven Bender reduced the lead in half, harking back to the 64th, provoking a wild stage in which Leverkusen botched more opportunities than the Munich side.
Lewandowski’s two goals – which took the Poland international to 51 in 44 games this season for Bayern – were both brilliant making it 4-1
The game resulted in a 4-2 victory for the Reds after Kai Havertz scored a consolation goal from the spot.
Bone month from now, subsequent to winning the first leg 3-0 – Bayern Munich, are pursuing a treble, face Chelsea in the Champions League in the round of 16.