Berlin, July 16: Bayern Munich defended their Telekom Cup title after beating Werder Bremen 2-0 in the final of the four-team tournament in Monchengladbach. The German giants start with a title into their preparations as the “Bavarians” overcame Hoffenheim and Bremen to lift the Telekom Cup for the fourth time on Saturday after 2013, 2014 and January 2017. Carlo Ancelotti’s men set the course for the final in the first game as Juan Bernat’s build up work allowed Robert Lewandowski to mark the only goal of the 45-minutes match with a sideways scissor-kick in the 7th minute.
Bayern dominated Hoffenheim but were unable to add another goal despite promising opportunities through Thiago Alcantara, who rattled the post with a header, and Thomas Mueller, who saw his effort defused by goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, in the closing period.
Mueller remained in the thick of things as he provided the assist for Juan Bernat, who sealed the deal with the 2-0 lead in the 34th minute. IANS