Peter Bosz failed to conquer the DFB-Pokal on Saturday with Bayer Leverkusen. The Dutch coach saw his team in the final in Berlin with 2-4 losses to Bayern Munich.
Bayern was looking for the attack from the first whistle and that resulted in David Alaba's opening goal after just over fifteen minutes. The Austrian placed a free kick from the edge of the sixteen meter area in the top right corner.
Eight minutes later, the 'Rekordmeister' doubled its lead. After a wonderful through pass by Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry slid the ball into the far corner. Also in the remainder of the first half, Bayern kept control and Leverkusen could barely make a fist.
The first serious big chance for Bosz's team was only early in the second half for Kevin Volland, but the substitute cut the ball. On the other hand, it was hit moments later, with goalkeeper Lukás Hrádecky grossly making a mistake. The Finn slipped a long shot from Robert Lewandowski.
The game seemed to be played, but Leverkusen scored after more than an hour when Sven Bender headed home from a corner. Not much later, the 'Werkself' were close to the goal, but a cross was missed by Volland and Kai Havertz.
It did not end with that short offensive by Leverkusen, after which Lewandowski made the decision with a brilliant marker in the final phase. Deep in injury time, Havertz still used a penalty for Leverkusen after hands of Alphonso Davies, shortly after a goal by Volland was still rejected for unclear reasons.
Bayern Munich celebrates Serge Gnabry's 2-0. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Bosz missed out on the first prize for the fifth time
Bayern thus captured the German Cup for the twentieth time in club history, making the club record holder. Earlier this season, the formation of coach Hans-Dieter Flick became national champion for the eighth time in a row.
For Bosz it is already the fifth time that he just missed out on a first prize as a coach. He previously lost the Europa League final with Ajax (2017), the cup final with Heracles Almelo (2012) and Maccabi Tel Aviv (2016) and the battle for the German Super Cup with Borussia Dortmund (2017).
Leverkusen also grabbed a Champions League ticket last week. The team had to settle for fifth place in the Bundesliga, which is good for Europa League participation.