Takeaways as Bayern Munich retain DFB Pokal against Bayer Leverkusen

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Bayern Munich players celebrating against Bayer Leverkusen. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich dominates Bayer Leverkusen in the DfB Pokal final in Berlin.

Bayern Munich were in the DFB Pokal for the second consecutive season. The German champions managed to make it two cups in a row with a 4-2 win against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. It was a dominant performance from the Bavarians.

This victory meant that the German club won domestic double two seasons in a row. The game was very open, with both teams utilizing their attacking quality. But, it was Die Roten who were more clinical with their chances and didn’t make critical mistakes when it mattered.

Bayern was able to show their strength right from the beginning, and the scoreline reflected their dominance. David Alaba scored a delicious free kick in the 16th minute from just 19 yards away. It was a beautiful shot, going over the wall into the net from a very short distance. Serge Gnabry regained his scoring form by getting the second goal in the 24th minute after Joshua Kimmich released him with a beautiful through ball.

After halftime in the 59th minute, Robert Lewandowski forced Leverkusen goalkeeper Lucas Hradecky into a huge mistake that led to the third goal for the Bavarians. Leverkusen got one back off of a corner kick from a beautiful header Sven Bender in the 63rd minute. Lewandowski scored his brace on a gorgeous chipped ball over the keeper in the 89th minute, and then Kai Havertz scored a penalty with the last kick of the game.

Leverkusen has a lot of attacking talent, but they were unable to cause any real problems for the Bavarians. And, their defense was also very suspect allowing four goals, some of which could have been prevented with better positioning. Die Roten will turn their attention to next month’s Champions League games. However, with a month off, the team will need to continue training hard to compete well in that. With the way the team looks right now, winning that competition looks like a real possibility. Here are some takeaways from the DFB Pokal.

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