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July 26, 2014
• Imtech Arena, Hamburg
Referee: P. Gagelmann
R. Lewandowski 29'
F. Ribéry 34'
Bayern München won 5 - 4 on penalties
M. Kruse 42', 60'
That's all we have time for from the Imtech Arena, as Gladbach took the reigning Bundesliga champions all of the way in Hamburg. Two individual mistakes left Die Roten in trouble, but Guardiola's men held their nerve to progress. I've been Simon Harrison and I hope to see you again next time.
So there we have it! Bayern will face Wolfsburg in the Telekom Cup final, courtesy of a 5-4 penalty shootout win over Gladbach! The two sides couldn't separating during normal time, but it will be Guardiola's men who march on in search of some pre-season silverware.
KORB MISSES! The right-back fires his attempt straight at the crossbar, before the ball loops behind! Bayern will face Wolfsburg in the Telekom Cup final! Bayern 5-4 Gladbach!
MARTINEZ SCORES! The Spaniard lifts his finish over the goalkeeper, who gets the slightest of touches but can't deny him! Bayern 5-4 Gladbach!
WENDT MISSES! Great save from Starke, who tips the left-back's attempt over the crossbar and to safety! Bayern 4-4 Gladbach!
HOJBJERG SCORES! The Dane sends Blaswich the wrong way, passing the ball left of the centre of the goal! Bayern 4-4 Gladbach!
KRUSE SCORES! It's three on the night for the German striker, firing a great penalty inside the right-post and beyond Starke once again! Bayern 3-4 Gladbach!
RAFINHA MISSES! The right-back gets his penalty all wrong and fires it into the midriff of the diving goalkeeper! It's still Bayern 3-3 Gladbach!
HAHN SCORES! The midfielder sends Starke the wrong way, passing the ball into the left corner! Bayern 3-3 Gladbach!
BADSTUBER SCORES! The central defender smashes the ball home, it skims the underside of the crossbar on its way in! Bayern 3-2 Gladbach!
RAFFAEL SCORES! The Brazilian hammers a perfect penalty towards the goal, which rattles off the upright and into the back of the net! Bayern 2-2 Gladbach!
ALABA SCORES! The Austria international makes no mistake, curling the ball into the top corner! No chance for the 'keeper! Bayern 2-1 Gladbach!
NORDTVEIT SCORES! The Norwegian midfielder goes for power and blasts the ball beyond Starke! Bayern 1-1 Gladbach!
LEWANDOWSKI SCORES! He tucks the ball into the bottom right corner, beyond the grasp of Blaswich! Bayern 1-0 Gladbach!
FULL TIME! This one will go to penalties, as two individual errors from Bayern have cost them dearly! Two penalty conversions from Max Kruse has levelled the scoreline, leaving this game at 2-2!
Penalty Goal Max Kruse
GOOOOOOAL! KRUSE LEVELS THE SCORELINE! Kruse sends Starke the wrong way once again, but this time tucks the ball smartly inside the right-hand post! It looks as though we'll be seeing a penalty shootout!
SECOND PENALTY FOR GLADBACH! Martinez gives possession away cheaply, before shoving Hahn to the ground deep in the Bayern box! The referee has no hesitation!
Starke is forced into a smart punch to deny a deep cross from floating in towards Hahn and Kruse at the back post, as Gladbach threaten again. Lewandowski tries to break, but Schulz recovers brilliantly to rob the Poland international of the ball.
Less than five minutes until the end of this contest, with Gladbach looking to bide their time and then attack with pace. Bayern aren't to be flustered however, under instruction from Guardiola to persevere with their continuous passing football.
Hahn looks to break the offside trap and finishes with aplomb with a chip over Starke, but the linesman's flag was raised - he went just a second too early. Bayern are still looking very vulnerable to pacey options getting in behind their high line.
Guardiola's men continue to control the tempo and the game, as Gladbach begin to tire slightly from chasing for long periods. Bayern are happy to retain possession and work upfield slowly, unafraid to play all the way back to Starke if required.
With only ten minutes remaining, Bayern are starting to settle down into dominance once again, moving possession around patiently and methodically. They've been a joy to watch at times, despite missing plenty of key men, but have been worrying susceptible to the counter-attack.
Korb and Raffael exchange a one-two, with the right-back marauding forward and trying to get in behind the Bayern back three. The Brazilian pivots smartly and plays a good lofted pass over the Die Roten defence, but the linesman's flag is belatedly raised for offside as Korb tries to keep pace with the ball.
Schulz releases Traore after a good run from the midfielder, which the winger heads back inside to the awaiting figure of Kruse. The striker takes a good first touch, but is robbed of possession as he attempts to work an angle from which to shoot.
Bayern aren't to be affected by conceding, as Guardiola's men continue to press and harry as a collective as they have done all game. Gladbach have a quarter of an hour to grab the equaliser, which would see the tie go straight to penalties if we're level at the hour mark!
PENALTY FOR GLADBACH! Badstuber is penalised for using his arm to block a Kruse shot, though the Bayern captain protests his innocence. A ray of light for Favre's men!
Bayern ready a second substitute, with Lucas Scholl being the waiting 17-year-old that Guardiola is willing to deploy. No stone is being unturned by the Spanish coach during pre-season, as every player is being given a chance to prove what they can contribute to the first-team.
Bayern are persevering with an extremely high line, which is catching out Gladbach whenever their goalkeeper tries to clear upfield under pressure. Traore tries to turn a header towards goal, but sees it deflected, allowing for Badstuber to cushion the ball back to his own shot-stopper.
The first change of the evening is made by Bayern, with young midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg replacing experienced striker Pizarro, who is recovering from muscular problems. That should provide them with some additional legs in the middle third.
GOOOOOOAL! RIBERY MAKES IT TWO! The Frenchman breaks into the penalty area, before lifting a brilliant finish over Schulz and Blaswich and into the back of the net from a tight angle! Beautiful technique and Bayern lead 2-0 now!
Lewandowski tries to break beyond Dominguez, ignoring the option of Ribery to his left, but the Spaniard slides in excellently to dispossess the goalscorer. End-to-end stuff in the opening stages, as Martinez is forced to head away a dangerous cross with Kruse lurking behind him.
We're back underway in the second half of the Telekom Cup in Hamburg, with Lewandowski's excellent goal the only difference between the two sides. Gladbach have looked dangerous on the break and had their chances, so we should be in for an entertaining last half an hour!
Be sure to rejoin us in ten minutes time for all of the second half action, as Gladbach have merely half an hour remaining to claw their way back into this contest. Should the scoreline be level at full-time, we'll be heading directly to penalties!
HALF TIME! Bayern have a slim lead at the break, courtesy of a gorgeous finish from new striker Lewandowski! Gladbach have had more chances, but Starke has just about done enough to keep Favre's men at bay - despite some poor finishing.
Penalty Goal Max Kruse
GOOOOOAL! KRUSE CONVERTS THE PENALTY! The striker sends Starke the wrong way, tucking the ball into the bottom left corner to give Gladbach some hope! Bayern merely have a one-goal lead now!
Goal Franck Ribéry
Goal Robert Lewandowski
WHAT A GOAL FROM LEWANDOWSKI! The Poland international picks up the ball after Rode was denied by Blaswich, but avoids all of the recovering Gladbach defenders with a delicate, scooped chip! Precision personified! Bayern lead 1-0!
Blaswich is forced into his first save, as the goalkeeper has to make himself big to divert a Lewandowski header away from the danger zone! Favre's men have defended well thus far and have been unafraid to station all their men behind the ball.
Hahn catches Rafinha, forcing the referee to award Bayern a free-kick in an advanced area. The new Gladbach signing dived in to prevent a cross, but instead caught his man accidentally. Fortunately for the Brazil international, he's quickly back to his feet.
Rafinha tries his luck with an audacious 30-yard volley, but sees his attempt blocked. He works hard to recover the rebound, but his cross fails to reach Lewandowski in the Gladbach penalty box. Encouraging signs from both sides, but no goals yet!
Raffael is picked out brilliantly at the edge of the penalty area by Kruse, but the Brazilian is denied by Starke! Gladbach have had their chances, but their end product just hasn't been forthcoming, with finishes placed far too close to the body of the Bayern goalkeeper. He's definitely been the busier of the two shot-stoppers, though.
Badstuber carelessly passes the ball directly out of play, as pre-season rustiness continues to sporadically show its face. Gladbach are certainly growing into this game, but Hahn wants to be released far earlier, in order to test the resolve of this incredibly high Bayern defensive line.
Pizarro receives the ball on the edge of the penalty box, before the veteran striker shapes to shoot, but sees yet another effort blocked. Dominguez has put his body on the line fairly importantly thus far. Less than ten minutes until the half-time break!
Gladbach continue to move the ball around their back four well, but Kruse and Raffael aren't seeing great amounts of the ball. Pizarro is nearly found by a near post cross, but a combination of Dahoud and Traore allow for a hurried clearance.
Bayern are trying to hold an extremely high line, which Gladbach exploit once again! Play is shifted out to the left for Favre's side, finding the advancing left-back Oscar Wendt, who races into the penalty area. He tries his luck with a cross-cum-shot, but Starke gathers the bouncing ball up easily. Danger signs early on for Bayern.
Ribery is nearly found by a clever diagonal through ball, but Korb does just enough to intercept the pass and hook the danger away. Bayern are starting to dominate, but Traore shows Gladbach's great pace on the break. The former Stuttgart man races into the clear beyond the last defender, but places his eventual finish too close to the onrushing Starke, who makes a comfortable save!
Ribery breaks down the left-hand side, before cutting across the edge of the penalty area. He feeds Pizarro with a smart pass, but the Peruvian forward can only fire his shot into the awaiting midriff of Dominguez. Bayern win a corner, but the delivery is cleared easily at the near post.
After a hurried start, Bayern are settling into their rhythm somewhat and really starting to dictate play. Plenty of chasing for Gladbach to do, but the physical test will be a welcome one, in terms of getting Favre's men up to speed for the competitive season.
LEWANDOWSKI HEADS WIDE! Gaudino delivers an excellent cross from the right-hand side, which the Poland international rises well at the near post to meet. He manages to get glancing contact on the ball, but his effort flashes across the face of goal and beyond the far post!
Hahn tries to cut back a cross from the right byline, but Gaudino isn't flustered when heading back towards his own goal and calmly plays his way out of trouble. This game has a real tempo to it, possession is being zipped around the playing surface quickly.
Alaba looks fairly comfortable as the left centre-half, even pushing into midfield when required, leaving Rode with the job of slotting into the gap left by the Austria international. Schulz looks long from defence for Gladbach, looking for Hahn, but his pass is massively overhit.
Despite Bayern's hassling, Gladbach are happy enough to shift the ball around sharply, in what looks like a fairly intense start to proceedings in the Imtech Arena. Die Roten are fielding three central defenders, with the likes of Pizarro, Lewandowski and Bernat rotating in advanced areas fluidly, but the wing-back tuck inside responsibly.
Bayern are keen to press from the off, pushing up as a collective to try and fluster Gladbach's man in possession. Despite fielding a somewhat weakened side, Guardiola's men appear to have a very clear vision of what is expected from them in terms of system this evening. Starke is forced to parry an early Hahn shot wide of his far post, after giving the ball away needlessly.
We're underway in the first half! Just to serve as another reminder, the Telekom Cup only consists of two 30 minute halves! Gladbach are in lime green, while Bayern are donning their newly revealed white away shirts.
Five minutes remain until kick-off, so be sure to stick around for all of the action, as Guardiola looks to steer his Bayern outfit into the Bundesiga season via some efficient performances in Hamburg. A few new faces are among both starting elevens, but plenty of familiar ones still present made up two formidable German top flight sides last campaign.
Wolfsburg are the team through to the Telekom Cup final, after beating Hamburg 6-5 in a penalty shootout. The former await the winners of tonight's contest, while the losers will line up tomorrow against HSV, the tournament hosts. In case you aren't familiar with the format, the matches consist of two 30 minute halves and if the two sides can't separate themselves within the hour, we'll head straight to penalties without extra time!
Given Guardiola's philosophies and systems, it's fairly though to predict how the reigning Bundesliga champions will line up. In recent frendlies, Bayern have deployed only three defenders, with Alaba and Bernat working as wing-backs, but it remains to be seen what Die Roten have up their sleeves this evening. Should they opt for a variation of the 3-5-2, it will be interesting to see what space Hahn and Traore can exploit in wide areas.
Gladbach starting line-up: Blaswich; Korb, Schulz, Dominguez, Wendt; Nordtveit, Dahoud; Hahn, Raffael, Traore; Kruse.
Bayern starting line-up: Starke, Rafinha, Martinez, Badstuber, Alaba, Gaudino, Rode, Bernat, Ribery, Pizarro, Lewandowski.
TEAM NEWS: Thorben Marx and Martin Stranzl miss out through injury for Gladbach. Summer signings Andre Hahn and Ibrahima Traore start in midfield, after being snapped up from Augsburg and Stuttgart respectively. Raffael is the man given the task of supporting Max Kruse. After a long goal drought last campaign, the young German striker will be hoping for a good start to the next Bundesliga season!
TEAM NEWS: Bayern have recently promoted Lucas Scholl and Gianluca Gaudino involved, with the latter of the 17-year-olds getting a start in midfield. Marquee signing Robert Lewandowski starts in attack with Claudio Pizarro, while Franck Ribery is included despite missing out on a visit to Brazil for the World Cup. Holger Badstuber continues his comeback from injury with another start, with other summer signings Juan Bernat and Sebastian Rode deployed from the off.
I'm Simon Harrison and I will be leading you through all of the action, as Die Roten opt to include plenty of their star names within their starting eleven. Despite this being a friendly tournament, both sides will be keen to keep up their momentum and pick up a trophy - regardless of its reputation.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of this evening's Telekom Cup match between Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach. Pep Guardiola's side have only featured in one friendly match before today's spectacle, while Lucien Favre's men have had four clashes in the past fortnight. We're at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg, with this friendly competition giving all involved an opportunity to start their pre-season preparation in winning fashion.
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