Bayern Munich have claimed their third Audi Cup in four attempts, defeating Spanish giants Real Madrid. A late goal from Polish striker Robert Lewandowski secured the victory for the Bavarians.
Bayern Munich sealed a 1-0 victory over Spanish giants Real Madrid in the Audi Cup final thanks to a late goal from Robert Lewandowski.
The Polish international combined with Denmark’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, striking two minutes from time to secure the win at the Allianz Arena in Munich Wednesday evening.
Lewandowski’s late goal handed Bayern their third Audi Cup in four tries since the preseason tournament was introduced in 2009.
The last time Real Madrid visited the Allianz Arena was the second leg of the 2014 Champions League semifinal in which the Spaniards thrashed the Bavarians by a score of 4-0. Real went on to win a record 10th European title in the final against Atletico Madrid.
Though minor, the win will give Pep Guardiola’s Bayern a boost as they prepare to defend their Bundesliga title beginning on August 14 against Hamburg.
“We are still in preparation but showed good signs. We need to keep working for the season start,” Bayern sports director Matthias Sammer told reporters.
Real Madrid, which played Wednesday’s final without Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, plays its first league game away to Sporting Gijon on August 23.
bw/cmk (Reuters, AFP)