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Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski’s double helps to win the German Cup

Look: the goalkeeper howls helps Bayern to win the record of the 20th German Cup

Robert Lewandowski overcame the 50 goals of the season while Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen by winning a record of the 20th German Cup and the 13th national brace.

David Alaba’s free-kick took them ahead and Serge Gnabry added a second, before Lewandowski’s long-range shot was searched by Lukas Hradecky.

Sven Bender’s header gave Leverkusen hope, but Lewandowski’s delicate dink put the result beyond doubt.

Kai Havertz scored a penalty with the latest kick for Leverkusen.

Bayern Munich set a new record of 26 unbeaten games, drawing only once in that run since December.

Their run of 17 straight wins is also a record for Bayern.

Winners were deserved at the empty Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Leverkusen made them on the ropes for about 20 minutes after making 3-1, but Bayern saw him out.

Lewandowski’s two goals – which brought the Polish international to 51 in 44 games for Bayern this season – were both brilliant.

For the first, he controlled a long kick from Manuel Neuer before shooting from at least 30 yards, with the goalkeeper reversing the shot over the line.

His second, which ended Leverkusen’s hopes, was a great chip for Hradecky.

Leverkusen’s reputation as almost German men continues. They lost a Champions League final, three German Cup finals and ended five times in the Bundesliga after winning their only two major trophies: the UEFA Cup in 1988 and the German Cup in 1993.

The season of neither team has ended yet. Bayern Munich, chasing a triple, will face Chelsea in the Champions League on 16 next month after winning the first leg 3-0.

Leverkusen leads the Rangers 3-1 to enter Europe 16 in the last return match.

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