Bayern Munich’s dream of ending the season with a double set of trophies after what seemed a routine win of the Bundesliga title recently was blown sky- high as they were humbled 3-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt in a thrilling German Cup final on Saturday.
Powered by the legendary Croatian tactician, Niko Kovac who incidentally is set for a move to the Allianz Arena as Bayern’s coach next season, eighth-placed Frankfurt conjured a master – class rendition that their more illustrious opponents could not match in the crowded Olympiastadion Berlin as Robert Lewandowski’s 53rd was the closest the Jupp Heynckes tutored side could muster in terms of response all 90 minutes.
That things would go awfully awry for the Bavarians was quickly evident as Ante Rebic caught a sleepy Bayern defence napping, poking home an opportunistic strike that beat Sven Ulriech in goal in the 11th minute.
The Croatian striker, it was, who again made full capital out of another slack defending to slam in a second goal in the 82nd minute to cancel out a Robert Lewandowski’s 53rd-minute equaliser off a Joshua Kimmich’s cross.
The underdogs would complete a most impressive outing hitting the third and final strike in added time to lift what the Germans love to call the DFB Pokal Cup.
The win thus automatically launched Frankfurt into the Europa League orbit for next season.
It will be interesting to see Kovac would play against his present club in a Bundesliga encounter next season.