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June 1, 2013
• Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin
Referee: M. Gräfe
• Attendance: 75420
T. Müller 37'
M. Gómez 48', 61'
M. Harnik 71', 80'
That's all we have time for today as we draw the curtain on Jupp Heynckes' Bayern career in winning, emotional fashion. I've been Daniel Edwards, you guys have been my readers, and it has been a pleasure.
The men in red are left celebrating their third title of 2012-13, they are DFB Pokal champions after a 3-2 win. It wasn't particularly comfortable, but the treble is what counts, a brilliant effort.
NEUER!!!! The Bayern keeper is there, he saves well in the final seconds and Die Roten are champions!!!!!
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Mario Mandzukic
90' + 4'
A free kick for VFB, and Ulreich is up!! Okazaki makes contact but his header goes wide, surely that is the game sewn up.
90' + 2'
Stuttgart are finishing on the attack, pressing but Bayern will not cede.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Vedad Ibisevic
90' + 1'
90' + 1'
Bayern make their final sub, and we'll have four minutes of injury time in the Olympic Stadium.
We have a corner, possibly VFB's last chance. Bobic is on his feet, Sakai takes but it is far too long, there's a foul in the box and Neuer will take his time over this kick.
Just two minutes of regulation time to play, and it looks like Bayern will hold on. Nobody expected this sort of game when they were cruising at 3-0 ahead.
Oooooooh Mandzukic. Great play by Muller to square the ball, the forward tries to get cute with a little flick and does not connect. I bet Heynckes was amused by that...
Now it's Bayern's turn, Schweinsteiger stands over a free kick. It comes to nothing, Muller tries to cross the rebound but no-one is there for the Germany international.
Yellow Card Arthur Boka
Robben will watch the rest of this game from the bench, he's been withdrawn for Tymoschuk.
The Stuttgart fans are now in full voice, they believe that an incredible comeback could still happen. And why not, we've still got 10 minutes to go here.
Goal Martin Harnik
GOOOAAAAAL!!! Unbelievable!!! Okazaki smashes against the post from deep, the rebound falls to Harnik, one shot, two shots and he finally scores! 3-2 now, my giddy aunt.
VFB are convinced they should have a penalty, after Boateng appeared to handle in the box. Just a corner though.
It's too long though, and Traore sticks out a forlorn boot as the ball passes for a goal kick.
Here they come again, handball by Lahm and Rudiger can swing this one in...
Oh Stuttgart, why did you leave it until now to start playing? They are finishing this game with a flourish, but needed the cavalier attitude right from the start of the second 45.
That could have made things interesting!! Harnik streaks away down the right and squares for Okazaki. The sub is free, can pick his spot but fires straight at Neuer. 3-2 with 15 minutes left would have been a cracking finish.
That's given the VFB fans something to cheer about, but I can't see it changing the course of this match. Bayern haven't made a habit of self-destructing over the season.
Assist Gotoku Sakai
Goal Martin Harnik
GOOOOAAAALLL!!!! Stuttgart put themselves on the scoresheet with a cracking header from Harnik, surely no more than a consolation.
This looks then like being a fitting way for Jupp Heynckes to bow out as Bayern coach. An historic treble, the first of any German team, is in the bag.
For what must be the 50th or 60th time this game, Alaba streaks forward and makes the byline. His cross is off balance, and flies into the crowd.
I reckon there could still be a couple of goals to come here as well, Stuttgart look demoralised.
I don't know whether to praise Bayern's dogged determination to destroy, or condemn their rival's timid capitulation in this second half. Really it's a bit of both, there's only been one team after the break.
Almost an instant goal for the sub!! He heads down well after a deep cross, but Ulreich gets down equally proficiently to cover.
Alexandru Iulian Maxim
Gomez won't be getting a hat trick at least, he's been withdrawn for Manzukic and doesn't look delighted about it.
Assist Thomas Müller
Goal M. Gómez
That's another for Super Mario!! GOOOOOOAAAL!!! Muller is released down the right, plays the cross in low and it's all too easy again for the striker. 3-0.
So close!! Lahm and Robben once again combine to perfection, the Dutchman advancing and playing a delicate ball in the area for Gomez. The forward tries to find a team-mate with his heel, but just misses the oncoming red shirts.
Boka rather desperately tries for the bomb from distance, he catches it well but the ball is deflected and bounces kindly through to Neuer.
Die Roten are now in complete control, passing around with ease. It falls to Schweinsteiger who has a go from deep, but the midfielder hits well wide.
Robben with a free kick, it's curled wickedly into the path of Bayern's big men but Ulreich is attentive, and snaffles well.
Martinez now has a sniff at the far post after a deep cross, but Stuttgart just manage to take it off the Spaniard's toes and it's a corner.
Yellow Card Bastian Schweinsteiger
That was more like the Bayern who have smashed all-comers in 2012-13. Rapid, calculating forward play, using the overlap and ending with the simplest of definitions. Heynckes has got one hand on the treble now.
Assist Philipp Lahm
Goal M. Gómez
GOAL!!! 2-0, and that must be the end. Robben jinks and jives on the right, releases Lahm who fires across the box. It's straight to Gomez, who almost falls over the ball as it bobbles in!!
Molinaro under pressure at the back with Gomez haring down on him, and the defender opts to clear for a throw. Bayern in possession now, and they won't give it up easy.
And away we go, Stuttgart kick off the second half as they try and turn round a 1-0 deficit.
That's the end of the first 45 minutes, Bayern leading 1-0 thanks to Muller's effort from the penalty spot. Don't you dare go anywhere...
Gomez almost makes it two, the striker picking up Robben's fine ball and trying to squeeze in the shot. A combination of Rudiger and Ulreich keep Stuttgart safe.
The wind has been taken out of Stuttgart's sails somewhat after that goal, they are still attacking but without the same zip. Bayern should be heading into the interval in a winning position.
Magical play by Ribery, he bamboozles Rudiger out wide and leaves the defender prostrate with his footwork - and a hint of a forearm in the face. Alaba goes for goal but it's just a corner.
Well that's a kick in the stomach for Stuttgart, they've probably just shaded this half and the challenge from Traore was clumsy rather than malicious. Can they bounce back?
Penalty Goal Thomas Müller
GOOOAAAAALL!!!! Cool as you like from Muller, sends the keeper the wrong way and rolls his kick into the corner. 1-0 Bayern.
Well apparently we won't have to wait that long!! Lahm is dragged down in the box by Traore, and we have a penalty!
Yellow Card Ibrahima Traore
No goals in the first half-hour of play, a few half chances but its fair to say the game hasn't yet lived up to expectations. Can we expect a more open match after the break?
Uff Robben got hold of that! The winger tries first time on the volley, and is unlucky to see that ripping effort deflected wide.
Alaba's probably been the pick of the Bayern players so far, solid in defence and dangerous going forward. The Swiss international gets into a tussle with Harnik chasing a long ball, but runs out of pitch as it goes for a goal kick.
What a Save!!!! Bayern wake up for a second, and on a devastating break Ribery slots through to Alaba. The left-back is clean through, but Ulreich comes up with a cracking stop to keep the score level.
Where was this fighting spirit from the Bundesliga sides in the season, as Bayern walked away with the title. Stuttgart are pressing from deep and working tirelessly, and Heynckes' men do not like it.
NEUER!!! The keeper makes a complete hash of a simple header, but recovers just in time to stop Neidermeier poking in at the far post. Closest chance of the game so far, a lucky escape there.
That'll be another VFB corner, Alaba blocks a cross from the right and sees the ball go behind his own goal. Bayern deal with it well though.
Meanwhile Stuttgart are having their share of chances. A deep corner there is headed rather harmlessly over, but the pressure is building on Bayern.
The Bundesliga and Champions League holders haven't exactly set the world on fire here so far, maybe this long season is finally catching up. Still, when they break forward you can always sense a goal.
Again, Bayern move forward from deep like a knife going through butter. Muller to Ribery, who lays off to Robben and Neidermeier makes a great challenge to deny the flying Dutchman.
A merciless Bayern counter attack spearheaded by Robben, who ferreted up the pitch. He squares for Ribery who goes for goal, but the shot is deflected behind and the resulting corner a disappointment.
Ouch!! Neidermeier was hit by a Robben rocket, in a place he really did not want to get hit. He takes a long swig of water and catches his breath, and we're back in action.
MAXIMMMM!!!!! Again the forward combines well with Traore, receiving his cross on the volley. He's a little off-balance, and it bobbles narrowly wide.
Great stuff Alaba, the full back plays a give and go with Ribery and charges past a number of white shirts, before seeing his path finally blocked.
Stuttgart are also keen to show they have not come to make up the numbers, good work by Traore and Maxim out wide leads to the second shooting just wide of Neuer's post.
Ooooh how did that stay out?? Wonderful move from Bayern and Robben on the overlap was clean through, but denied well by the Stuttgart keeper.
A calm start from the European champions, who are knocking the ball around nicely and keeping possession.
And here we go! Bayern get us started for the DFB Pokal final.
We've still got a few minutes before kick off, as the teams and fans belt out the German national anthem.
So have Stuttgart got what it takes to stop Die Roten completing a treble? Let us know your predictions on the comments bar, and I might even put a couple up on the Live.
And now for Stuttgart... Ulreich – Rudiger, Niedermeier, Tasci, Molinaro – Gentner, Boka – Harnik, Maxim, Traore – Ibisevic
Why don't we have a look at those teams then? Bayern's up first... Neuer - Lahm, Van Buyten, Boateng, Alaba - Martinez, Schweinsteiger - Robben, Müller, Ribery - Gomez.
Hello and welcome ladies and gentlemen, to the final of the DFB Pokal. My name is Daniel Edwards, and I'll be watching intently as Bayern Munich go for the treble against Stuttgart.
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