Werder Bremen 2 Bayern Munich 3: Lewandowski double sends Kovac's men into final

RB Leipzig will face Bayern Munich in the final of the DFB-Pokal after Niko Kovac's side won 3-2 in a thriller at Werder Bremen.

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring the team's third goal.   -  reuters

Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich booked a place in the DFB-Pokal final with a 3-2 win at Werder Bremen, surviving a stirring second-half fightback.

Lewandowski's first-half goal put Bayern on track and when Thomas Muller added its second after the interval at Weser-Stadion on Wednesday it seemed set to cruise into a final against RB Leipzig in Berlin.

But Werder hit back with Yuya Osako and Milot Rashica on target with a quickfire double to briefly draw it level before Lewandowski converted a controversial penalty in the 80th minute to win it.

Bundesliga leader Bayern suffered a shock loss to Niko Kovac's Eintracht Frankfurt in the final last year but, despite Lewandowski missing an open goal for his hat-trick in added time, the coach now has a chance to potentially make it a double in his first season in charge of the Bavarian giant.

Muller, appearing in his 10th DFB-Pokal semifinal, nearly scored an early opener for Bayern with a clever backheel from Kingsley Coman's low cross.

Osako fired wide and Davy Klaassen missed a good volleyed chance at the other end but Bayern's pressure told in the 36th minute as Muller's looping header came back off the post and Lewandowski tucked away the rebound.

Lewandowski soon had the ball in the net again, glancing in Muller's cross - the goal ruled out for offside - but Bayern would not be denied in the 63rd minute.

Muller collected a shot from Leon Goretzka and fired past Jiri Pavlenka, at which point there were few signs of a Werder recovery.

Werder Bremen's Milot Rashica celebrates scoring the side's second goal with Max Kruse and team mates.   -  reuters

 

But Osaka drilled in and straight from kick-off Bayern surrendered possession cheaply, Rashica embarking on a superb solo run that ended with a brilliant finish across Sven Ulreich.

Parity was short-lived, however, with referee Daniel Siebert harshly pointing to the spot when Coman seemed to go down easily in the box under Theodor Gebre Selassie's challenge.

Lewandowski, who scored twice off the bench to see off second-tier Heidenheim in the last round, coolly stroked the penalty home but then hit the woodwork with the goal gaping from two yards out, as a somewhat fortunate Bayern progressed to the final.