Bayern beat Real Madrid to claim Audi Cup
06 August 2015, Nirapad News: Robert Lewandowski scored a late winner as Bayern Munich defeated Real Madrid 1-0 in the final of the Audi Cup at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.
The Poland international stole a march in the penalty box and tapped home Douglas Costa’s free-kick from out wide with two minutes left on the clock to hand Pep Guardiola’s team victory in the preseason match, reports espnfc.
Real stars Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo did not play and the Spanish side missed their authority and attacking flair against their German opponents.
It was a game of few chances but Thomas Muller almost put Bayern ahead in the second minute only to drag his low shot wide.
Other than that, scoring opportunities were at a minimum during the first half of the match.
David Alaba forced a good save from Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas from 35 yards shortly before half-time, with the Austrian’s low strike heading for the bottom corner before Navas’ low dive tipped it away.
Costa drilled narrowly wide of the post as the clock ticked down but there was still time for Lewandowski to win the game in normal time and avoid penalties as he tapped in from the set piece in the 88th minute.
Earlier, Nacer Chadli’s stunner and Tom Carroll’s strike helped Tottenham Hotspur beat AC Milan 2-0 to finish third.
Spurs, who lost 2-0 to Real Madrid on Tuesday, saw Hugo Lloris make his return from injury at the Allianz Arena against lacklustre Milan.
Chadli opened the scoring with a fine long-range curling effort in the eighth minute and Mauricio Pochettino’s men sealed the win with Carroll’s goal in the second half as the midfielder hit a deft finish to find the bottom left corner.
Tottenham were then handed more good news as goalkeeper Lloris came on as a second-half substitute. It was his first appearance since breaking his wrist last month and offered hope that he might play in the Premier League opener against Manchester United on Saturday.