Rebic ruins Heynckes farewell as Frankurt shock Bayern in cup final

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BERLIN, May 20: Ante Rebic ruined Jupp Heynckes’ farewell as Bayern Munich coach with the Croatia striker scoring twice as Eintracht Frankfurt claimed an upset 3-1 win in the German Cup final. The victory yesterday gave Eintracht boss Niko Kovac his first trophy as a coach in his final match before leaving to take over from Heynckes at Bayern.
After Rebic’s opening goal, Robert Lewandowski equalised for Munich early in the second half. However, Rebic added his late second before substitute Mijat Gacinovic tapped into an empty net just before the whistle to delight Frankfurt fans and break Bayern’s hearts.
This was supposed to be Heynckes’ farewell party with Bayern sending their 73-year-old head coach into retirement with the German cup and league double having wrapped up a sixth straight Bundesliga title. Instead Rebic and Frankfurt grabbed the glory at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. Bayern made a bright start in the capital when Lewandowski hit the underside of the Frankfurt bar with just eight minutes gone.
However, Frankfurt scored from their first clear chance. When Bayern midfielder James Rodriguez was robbed of possession in midfield, Kevin-Prince Boateng threaded a pass through to Rebic.
The Croatia striker dodged the challenges of Bayern centre-backs Niklas Suele and Mats Hummels to plant his shot past Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich with 11 minutes gone. The shock goal sent a ripple of panic through the Bayern ranks as it was the third straight game they have fallen behind.
Bayern went close with 25 minutes gone when Lewandowski fired wide of the empty goal after Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller had already opened up the Eintracht defence. It should have been 2-0 to Eintracht eight minutes before half-time when Rebic squared for Jonathan De Guzman, who was unmarked, but the midfielder stumbled with the goal at his mercy. (AFP)