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PARTING GIFT

The end to the German Cup final was everything we love about football

Niko Kovac's parting gift to Eintracht Frankfurt was cup victory... by defeating the club he was joining Bayern Munich

In a season where the major European domestic leagues have been mostly one-horse races, we’ve needed to source our drama and entertainment elsewhere.

Liverpool’s surprise run to the Champions League final has captivated, but Saturday’s German Cup final may have been the most pleasing aspect of the season so far.


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A true underdog story

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A true underdog story

Because there were so many different facets to it.

The context; Niko Kovac’s final game in charge of Eintracht Frankfurt before joining their opponents – the all-conquering Bayern Munich – in the summer.

Frankfurt have defied the odds all season in the Bundesliga but nobody tipped them to shock Bayern in the season showpiece.

But Kovac had one final trick up his sleeve, giving Frankfurt the ultimate parting gift by engineering a brilliant 3-1 victory over the Bavarians in the most dramatic of circumstances.

Kovac said farewell to Frankfurt

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Kovac said farewell to Frankfurt

Now there is something very pleasing about a 3-1 scoreline; hard-fought but with ultimately enough comfort in the end.

But when a cup final is signed, sealed and delivered with literally the last touch of the game it’s even more satisfying.

With Frankfurt leading 2-1 after two goals from Ante Rebic either side of Robert Lewandowski’s strike, Bayern were pushing for a late equaliser in injury time.

Kimmich despondent at the final whistle

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Kimmich despondent at the final whistle

Champions

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Champions

Firstly they had a penalty denied by VAR after Kevin-Prince Boateng appeared to trip Javi Martinez.

From the resultant corner Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich joined the rest of his players in the Frankfurt box, leaving his own goal completely unguarded.

So when Mihat Gacinovic robbed possession and sped clear of the last line of Bayern defence to score, the jubilation and relief was palpable.

So much so that effectively all of the Frankfurt bench were on the pitch celebrating before Gacinovic had even rolled the ball into the empty net.

Cue utter pandemonium and limbs everywhere.

It will be a bitter pill for Bayern to swallow while Kovac’s arrival at the Allianz Arena may have just become slightly more awkward.


Dream Team World Cup has landed

The greatest show on Earth just got that bit more exciting.

That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is coming ahead of this summer’s tournament.

Dream Team World Cup

Can Messi finally achieve glory internationally?

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Can Messi finally achieve glory internationally?

The game officially launches on June 1but you can pre-register for the game now.

If you’re an existing Dream Team customer the World Cup game now appears in the app or you can enter here, but if you’re not follow these simple steps:

  • Download the Dream Team app
  • Create an account
  • Click on the World Cup banner below in the app and follow the pre-registration instructions

From Russia with a whole lot of love.

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