Bayern Munich win Cup to win historic treble
Champions League winners Bayern Munich became the first Bundesliga team to win the treble after their hard-fought 3-2 win over VfB Stuttgart in Saturday’s German Cup final. Having claimed their fifth European crown in Wembley last Saturday and won the Bundesliga with a record tally of 91 points, Bayern completed the set with their 16th German Cup title.
The Bavarian giants won the European Cup in three straight seasons in the 1970s, but coach Jupp Heynckes ended his two-year tenure in charge of the most successful Bayern side of all time. Striker Mario Gomez, who made a rare start ahead of Mario Mandzukic, hit two after the break to add to Thomas Mueller’s first-half penalty as Bayern cruised to a 3-0 lead.
But a bullet header on 71 minutes, then a well-placed shot, both from Austria’s Martin Harnik, 10 minutes from time, ensured a nervous finale as Bayern weathered Stuttgart’s late onslaught to win their 45th match out of 53 this term.