BAYERN FINISHES-OFF WITH A HISTORICAL TREBLE
By: Zimasa Matiwane
Bayern Munich became the first German team to win a treble after defeating Stuttgart 3-2 in a German Cup final at Olympia Stadium on Saturday.
The Bavarian giants were recently crowned Europe’s champions and are the reigning Bundesliga title holders. Winning the treble has earned them an elite spot in the world of football.
Before the game, Bayern attacking midfielder Thomas Muller told AP that “We’re all hungry; we want to make ourselves immortal, the cup is even more important now because it’s not just a trophy you can win, now we can write history.”
The memorable and remarkable victory came through goals by Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez.
The first game came through the penalty on the 37th minutes. Ibrahim Traore pulled Captain Phillipp Lahm to the ground just inside the area, which Muller easily put past Stuttgart goal keeper Sven Ulreich.
It took just three minutes for Coach Jupp Heynckes’ boys − whom was his last game in charge− to double the score board.
Lahm completed an immaculate exchange with Arjen Robben, allowing Gomez to tap the ball in, giving Munich a 2-0 lead. The lead was not without a challenge, as Munich’s goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, made a series of vital saves.
In the second half, Gomez sunk Stuttgart by adding the third goal through an accurate pass from Muller.
The visitors found the first goal through a well-placed header from Martin Harnik after a great cross from Gotoku Sakai. Things seemed to be promising for Stuttgart as Harnik scored the second goal in the last ten minutes.
They continued fighting for the equalizer but the time was not on their side as the last whistle confirmed Munich as German Cup champions.
Lahm expressed the team’s excitement after the game: “It’s unbelievable what the team and coach have achieved over the whole season, they were tough months but now we’re being rewarded for them,” he told AP.
Coach Heynckes, who is making way for former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, will be a happy man as he made history during his tenure in the club.