Late Le­wandowski win­ner seals 1-0 Audi Cup vic­tory for Bay­ern

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A late goal from Pol­ish in­ter­na­tional Robert Le­wandowski sealed a 1- 0 vic­tory for Ger­man cham­pi­ons Bay­ern Mu­nich over Span­ish giants Real Madrid in the fi­nal of the pre- sea­son Audi Cup tour­na­ment in their home sta­dium on Wed­nes­day.

Bay­ern and Real recorded im­pres­sive wins over AC Mi­lan and Tot­ten­ham re­spec­tively at the Al­lianz Arena on Tues­day, but it was the hosts who came out on top thanks to Le­wandowski’s goal two min­utes from time.

The for­mer Dort­mund striker — who scored in the 3- 0 win over Mi­lan the pre­vi­ous day — was set up by young Dan­ish star Pierre- Emile Ho­jb­jerg be­fore fir­ing past Real ‘ keeper Keilor Navas in the 88th minute.

It handed ti­tle­hold­ers Bay­ern their third Audi Cup tri­umph in four at­tempts since the tour­na­ment was launched in 2009.

The score­line was very dif­fer­ent from the last time Real vis­ited the Al­lianz Arena with the La Liga giants run­ning riot 4- 0 in the Cham­pi­ons League semi­fi­nal sec­ond leg in April 2014.

That vic­tory se­cured a thump­ing 5- 0 ag­gre­gate win for Real as they went on to win a tenth Euro­pean ti­tle in the fi­nal against city ri­vals Atletico.

Whilst this vic­tory will be scant con­so­la­tion for that Mu­nich maul­ing from last year, it will at least give Pep Guardi­ola’s side a boost as they pre­pare for the de­fense of their Bun­desliga ti­tle, be­gin­ning at home to Ham­burg on Fri­day Au­gust 14.

Real Madrid’s first match of the Span­ish sea­son is nine days later on Sun­day, Au­gust 23 when they travel to Sport­ing Gi­jon.

Ear­lier on Wed­nes­day, Nacer Chadli and Tom Car­roll scored in ei­ther half in a 2- 0 vic­tory for Premier League side Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur against Ital­ian giants AC Mi­lan in the third- place play­off.

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