Eintracht Frankfurt produced one of the best performances in their recent history after they ended a 30-year wait for a German Cup title by stunning massive favourites Bayern Munich 3-1 in their final clash on Sunday night.
Bayern settled in much quicker into the game as star striker Robert Lewandowski struck the underside of the bar but it was Frankfurt who took a shocking lead through Croatian forward Ante Rebic who dispossessed James Rodriguez and exchanged passes with Kevin-Prince Boateng before putting his ahead with 11 minutes gone.
Frankfurt held on to the lead till eight minutes after the halftime interval when Lewandowski equalised with a record equalling fourth successive German Cup final goal off the good work from Joshua Kimmich and thereafter pressed for a goal that will win the contest.
Mats Hummels struck the crossbar to go close for the Bavarian giants before the aforementioned Rebic struck again via another excellent contribution from Boateng with eight minutes remaining just before the game’s controversial moment.
Bayern Munich players were certain that Boateng fouled Hummels in the area on 87 minutes but the centre referee awarded a corner kick instead of a penalty even with the assistance of VAR and it proved to be a big damage to their cup hopes as Mihat Gavinovic broke free to put his side 3-1 up with six added time minutes gone after Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich had gone up to the opposition box to try and get an equaliser that would have taken the game into extra time.
The win means that Eintracht Frankfurt have secured a first German Cup title for three decades (1988) as outgoing Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes bow out with a defeat in what was his last game in temporary charge of the team having been placed in charge of the team last year following the dismissal of Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti.