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Bayern will next be in action in the Champions League when the competition returns in August. Likewise Bayer Leverkusen will resume their Europa League campaign in August.
Bayern Munich clinch the DFB-Pokal for the 20th time and for the second season on the bounce with a 4-2 triumph over Bayer Leverkusen. David Alaba put them ahead in the first-half with a well-struck free-kick before Serge Gnabry doubled their advantage. Robert Lewandowski found the net courtesy of a mistake by Leverkusen keeper Lukas Hradecky. Sven Bender got one back to pull his team back into the contest. However, Lewandowski notched his second to secure the cup, despite a late penalty from Kai Havertz. Bayern were clinical and deserve their cup triumph to go with their Bundesliga title.
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FULL-TIME: BAYER LEVERKUSEN 2-4 BAYERN MUNICH
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GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! HAVERTZ CONVERTS!!! 4-2!!! A late consolation for Havertz on a disappointing night for the forward. He dispatches his spot-kick into the top-left corner with a fine strike. Havertz kicks the ground in frustration after the fact, knowing that his effort means very little tonight.
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PENALTY TO LEVERKUSEN! A late moment of drama for Leverkusen as they are awarded a penalty. Volland puts the ball into the net from Sven Bender's knockdown, but the goal is chalked off. However, VAR spots handball against Davies and the referee points to the spot.
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Bayern keep working to the end as Pavard puts his body on the line to deny Diaby with a solid block.
There will be two minutes of added time.
Perisic does well down the left and picks out Lewandowski with his low cross to notch the fourth goal.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!! LEWANDOWSKI NOTCHES HIS SECOND!!!! 4-1!!!! Bayern get the decisive goal to ensure the crown will be heading back to Allianz Arena. Perisic surges down the left flank and cuts the ball back towards Lewandowski. The Pole finishes first time with a chip over Hradecky into the back of the net.
Muller is withdrawn and he's not happy about it. Thiago replaces the German.
Coutinho replaces Gnabry for the closing stages.
Diaby breaks down the left again and this time hits his cross closer to Bellarabi, but on this occasion the midfielder is offside.
Diaby surges down the left flank and has Bellarabi in acres of room, but he misplaces his cross. Bellarabi is furious with his team-mate.
Goretzka has two men in support ready for his offload with a free run at goal. However, he cannot knock the ball around Tapsoba in the final third, who makes a crucial challenge.
Gnabry has space on the right and he cuts in to shoot on his left foot. He connects well with his attempt, but Sven Bender charges down his effort.
Lewandowski twists and turns down the left inside channel on the byline. He tries to dig out a cross, only to overhit his delivery into the middle.
Weiser is on for Lars Bender for Leverkusen.
Gnabry is played into acres of space down the right flank. He tries to hammer the ball across the face of goal, but Hradecky is on the spot to make the claim.
Havertz latches on to a deflected pass from Demirbay, but the forward is offside after he gets fouled in the final third.
Bellarabi replaces Bailey down the left flank for Leverkusen.
OVER! Bailey charges upfield in an end-to-end contest. He has space to open up the strike on his left foot, but it deflects off Goretzka and travels over the bar.
SAVE! Perisic has space in the final third and this time goes alone. He gets power behind his strike, but on this occasion Hradecky produces a solid stop.
CHANCE! Perisic drills a low ball across the face of goal with his left boot on the flank. Lewandowski reacts on the slide at the back post, but can only steer his attempt wide of the post.
Volland misfires once again in the final third. Havertz opens up the Bayern defence with an incisive throughball, but the forward is unable to take it in stride in the box, spurning a glorious opening.
Boateng limps off the field and is replaced by Hernandez. Bayern have no recognised centre-back on the field.
BLOCK! Leverkusen work the ball well in the final third. Space opens up for Bailey to drill a strike at goal, but Kimmich holds firm to make the block.
Lewandowski catches Lars Bender late and goes into the book.
CLOSE! Volland is inches away from bringing his team back into the game. Diaby opens up space down the right flank and lifts a dangerous cross into the box. Volland gets behind his man, but the ball just evades him, while Havertz is on his heels at the back post. There is hope for Leverkusen.
Perisic replaces Coman for Bayern down the left flank.
Demirbay swings a pinpoint cross into the box for Sven Bender to convert.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! SVEN BENDER GETS ONE BACK!!!! Leverkusen take a step towards getting back into the game as the defender heads home from close range. Demirbay lifts a deep cross to the back post from a corner on the right flank. Sven Bender loses his man and plants his effort low past Neuer from six yards out.
Havertz collects on the right flank and sends a dangerous low ball towards Bailey. Boateng has to make the intervention and does brilliantly to turn it over the bar.
Lewandowsk has now scored 50 goals in all competitions for Bayern this season.
Neuer sends a long ball forward and Lewandowski gathers before blasting his effort through Hradecky.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!! LEWANDOWSKI BLASTS ONE THROUGH HRADECKY!!!! 3-0!!! Bayern effectively kill off the game as a blast from Lewandowski bursts through the hands of the Leverkusen keeper and travels through his legs to cross the goalline. The Pole gathers a hopeful punt upfield and brings it down before rifling an effort at goal. Hradecky loses his concetration and allows the effort to beat it.
WHAT A MISS! Volland has to score with an open goal from six yards out. Diaby does brilliantly to leave Davies in his wake down the flank. He sends a cutback to an unmarked Volland in the box. However, the forward takes a fresh air swing with his left boot and fails to make a contact. A horrendous miss.
Bailey latches on to a ball over the top and goes past a stranded Neuer. However, he cannot reach for his second touch to steer it towards goal, allowing Davies to make the clearance.
OVER! Coman uses his pace to spin away from Lars Bender and he surges into the left inside channel. He sends an offload back towards Lewandowski to strike, but the Pole lifts his left-footed effort over the bar.
Bayern are finding space in the Leverkusen backline once again. They're just waiting for the moment to get the third goal that would effectively kill off the contest.
Kimmich lines up a drive at goal from distance that hits Tapsoba in the head and almost falls for Muller. The forward fails to take the deflection in stride and it trickles out for a goal-kick.
WIDE! Gnabry runs at the Leverkusen defence and pulls the trigger from the right inside channel. His effort takes a deflection off the legs of Tapsoba and travels inches wide of the post.
Diaby tries to work his way through a crowd of defenders on the edge of the Bayern box, but he just loses out to Alaba.
We're back underway at the Olympiastadion.
Amiri comes on to the field for Volland in the final third.
Demirbay is on for Baumgartlinger.
Kai Havertz has not been able to break into the game at all in the first half. He has been starved of service and his frustration has gotten the better of him. Peter Bosz has to work some magic at the interval to supply his top marksman in the final third.
Bayern Munich are on course for their 20th DFB-Pokal triumph as they hold a 2-0 lead over Bayer Leverkusen at the break. David Alaba put his side ahead with a fine free-kick that found the top-right corner. Serge Gnabry extended their advantage with a crisp finish past Lukas Hradecky. Leverkusen have offered next to nothing in the final third and will have to produce a spirited comeback to get back into the final in the second period.
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HALF-TIME: BAYER LEVERKUSEN 0-2 BAYERN MUNICH
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Sven Bender latches on to a deflection from a free-kick from Aranguiz. He goes for goal from a difficult angle, only to drill his effort straight at Neuer.
There will be one minute of added time.
Wendell and Bailey attempt to combine to tee up Havertz, but the forward is caught offside. It's not working for Havertz at the moment.
Aranguiz turns the ball around the corner for Amiri. He has Havertz in the middle, but his cutback is cleared by Alaba. Amiri can breathe a sigh of relief as the he is flagged offside anyway.
Gnabry brings down Bailey on the left flank, handing Leverkusn the chance to swing a cross into the box. Havertz sends his cross into the middle, but Neuer comes off his line to make the clearance.
Lewandowski finds all sorts of space down the left flank and he continues into the box. Sven Bender gets back to make the challenge, although the offside flag goes up late against the Pole.
Davies and Coman try the give-and-go down the left flank, but the former just catches Lars Bender with his boot as he completes the pass.
Bayern can play the game at their own pace now, making them more dangerous than usual. Their pace on the flanks hands them ample opportunities on the counter.
OFFSIDE! Havertz sends Diaby down the right flank and he races away. The winger sends a low cross towards Bailey, but the forward can only steer his effort over the bar. It would not have counted anyway as Diaby was offside in the build-up, although it is a sign of a encouragemet for Leverkusen.
Bailey sends a low ball across the edge of the box. Diaby takes a poor first touch, but gets a second crack at Davies. The defender wins the duel with strong challenge to break up the attack.
Wendell slides in hard on Goretzka and goes into the book.
BLOCK! Muller feeds Lewandowski, who turns to strike at goal on his right foot from 20 yards. However, Sven Bender gets across to make the block.
Havertz catches Kimmich from behind and avoids a booking. Frustration is building for Leverkusen.
Leverkusen have to keep their composure now. The holders are on top and hold a comfortable lead, but Bosz's men have to believe that they can score the next goal to change the tone of the game.
Kimmich plays a sublime offload to Gnabry to collect and score.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! GNABRY DISPATCHES A FIRM STRIKE PAST HRADECKY!!!! 2-0 BAYERN!!!! Gnabry holds his composure to double his side's advantage. A deflection falls kindly for Kimmich in the middle of the park and he threads the needle to release the former Arsenal winger down the right inside channel. Gnabry only has Hradecky to beat and he does so by firing across the keeper low and hard into the bottom-left corner.
Amiri gets caught late by Goretzka, but he is able to get back to his feet to play on. Relief for Bosz on the sideline.
WHAT A SAVE! Hradecky keeps Leverkusen in the game with a brilliant stop. Gnabry surges to the edge of the box and lines up a strike at goal. His effort travels towards the target before striking Muller on the boot. It wrong foots Hradecky, but he changes direction to get down to make the save.
Diaby has space down the right flank, but he fails to send a quality delivery into the box.
Leverkusen cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves after conceding. They need to work to get back into the contest, with more than enough talent in the final third.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! ALABA CURLS HIS EFFORT INTO THE NET!!!! 1-0 BAYERN!! The holders punish Tapsoba for his mistake at the back. Alaba takes on the free-kick with his left foot instead of Lewandowski. He curls his effort over the wall and it bends away from Hradecky's despairing dive to find the top-right corner.
Tapsoba clatters into the back of Lewandowski and gives away a free-kick on the edge of the box. The Pole stands over the ball.
Bailey breaks down the left flank and runs at Pavard. He cuts back before drilling an effort across the face of goal, but it travels away from Neuer towards the right flank.
Bayern have settled into a rhythm and are knocking the ball around nicely to put Leverkusen under pressure at the back.
PENALTY SHOUT! Lewandowski sends a low pass through to Gnabry, who does down under pressure in the box. However, the referee is unmoved amid Bayern's claims for a spot-kick.
CHANCE! Goretzka runs at the Leverkusen backline before feeding Coman in space on the left. He cuts inside to shoot on his right foot, but plants a tame effort straight at Hradecky.
Coman sends an offload inside to Goretzka, who tries to pull the trigger. However, Wendell gets across to make a vital challenge to stop the strike.
Wendell clips a cross into the box, but his delivery is headed away by Tapsoba as he fails to work it back towards his team-mates.
Goretzka is a fraction overzealous in his challenge with Bailey and gives away a free-kick 30 yards from goal.
Leverkusen work the ball well down the right flank, but Diaby sends a loose offload towards Amiri, allowing Boateng to make the interception.
OVER! Coman surges down the left flank and digs out a cross into the middle. Lewandowski rises above Sven Bender, but the Pole can only glance his header over the bar.
Bailey tries to release Diaby down the right flank, but the winger just mistimes his run and is caught offside.
We're underway in the DFB-Pokal final.
Bayern will be aiming to become the first side to win successive crowns since they won back-to-back cups between 2013 and 2014.
Hansi Flick has made two changes to his side that beat Wolfsburg on the final day of the Bundesliga. Cuisance drops out of the starting line-up and is replaced by Kimmich. Pavard returns to the fold in place of Odriozola, who drops to the bench.
Leverkusen have made five changes to their side from their victory over Mainz on the final day of the Bundesliga season. Tapsoba and Wendell come into the back four, while Aranguiz and Diaby get the nod to start in the midfield. Havertz returns to spearhead the attack through the middle.
BAYERN MUNICH SUBS: Alvaro Odriozola, Niklas Sule, Thiago Alcantara, Philippe Coutinho, Michael Cuisance, Ivan Perisic, Lucas Hernandez, Sven Ulreich, Joshua Zirkzee.
BAYERN MUNICH (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Benjamin Pavard, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman; Robert Lewandowski.
BAYER LEVERKUSEN SUBS: Jonathan Tah, Aleksandar Dragovic, Kerem Demirbay, Lucas Alario, Mitchell Weisser, Florian Wirtz, Ramazan Ozcan, Kevin Volland, Karim Bellarabi.
BAYER LEVERKUSEN (4-2-3-1): Lukas Hradecky; Lars Bender, Sven Bender, Edmond Tapsoba, Wendell; Charles Aranguiz, Julian Baumgartlinger; Moussa Diaby, Nadiem Amiri, Leon Bailey; Kai Havertz.
Bayern are on a downright imperious run of form, winning their last 16 matches on the bounce in all competitions. It allowed them to claim the Bundesliga crown with ease for the eighth year in a row and now they will turn their attention to secure their 20th DFB-Pokal win, and second in a row. Robert Lewandowski's strike downed Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals and you would not put it past him notching another tonight.
Leverkusen are aiming to win the competition for the second time in their history. They've finished as runners-up on two occasions - the last of which was in 2009, losing out to Werder Bremen in the final. Peter Bosz's men produced a strong run of form run to reach the DFB-Pokal final, including a 3-0 triumph over Saarbrucken in the semi-finals. However, it will be a major challenge to topple the holders this evening.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the DFB-Pokal final between Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich at the Olympiastadion.