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2019 DFB-Pokal Final
Event2018–19 DFB-Pokal
Date25 May 2019 (2019-05-25)
VenueOlympiastadion, Berlin
Man of the MatchRobert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
RefereeTobias Stieler (Hamburg)

The 2019 DFB-Pokal Final decided the winner of the 2018–19 DFB-Pokal, the 76th season of the annual German football cup competition. The match was played on 25 May 2019 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

The match featured RB Leipzig, playing in their first final, and the winner of the second semi-final, Werder Bremen or Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich won the final 3–0 for their 19th DFB-Pokal title. With the win, Bayern completed their 12th domestic double, and therefore will play away to 2018–19 Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund in the 2019 DFL-Supercup in August 2019. Because Bayern qualified for the Champions League through the Bundesliga, the sixth-place team in the Bundesliga, VfL Wolfsburg, earned qualification for the group stage of the 2019–20 edition of the UEFA Europa League, and the league's third second round spot went to the team in seventh, Eintracht Frankfurt.


In the following table, finals until 1943 were in the Tschammerpokal era, since 1953 were in the DFB-Pokal era.

Team Previous final appearances (bold indicates winners)
RB Leipzig None
Bayern Munich 22 (1957, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018)


The match was the first final for RB Leipzig, competing in their seventh season of the tournament. Their previous best performance in the competition was reaching the second round on three occasions (in 2011–12, 2015–16 and 2017–18). Leipzig became the 39th unique club to reach the final, and the first final debutant since Union Berlin in 2001, an achievement reached just short of ten years since the club's founding on 19 May 2009. They are also the first club from Saxony to reach the final since Dresdner SC's win in 1941, as well as the second club from Leipzig to reach the final, after VfB Leipzig won in 1936.

The final was the last match for Ralf Rangnick as head coach of Leipzig, as he will return to his post as sporting director following the arrival of Julian Nagelsmann as coach for the 2019–20 season. Following the resignation of Ralph Hasenhüttl, Rangnick took over as head coach for the 2018–19 season, his second stint after leading the club to Bundesliga promotion in the 2015–16 season. While not serving as head coach, he has been the sporting director of the club since the 2012–13 season. The match will be the third DFB-Pokal final for Rangnick, having reached the final twice with Schalke 04 during his two stints at the club. He lost 1–2 to Bayern Munich in 2005, before winning the competition in 2011 with a 5–0 victory against MSV Duisburg.

Route to the final

The DFB-Pokal began with 64 teams in a single-elimination knockout cup competition. There were a total of five rounds leading up to the final. Teams were drawn against each other, and the winner after 90 minutes would advance. If still tied, 30 minutes of extra time was played. If the score was still level, a penalty shoot-out was used to determine the winner.

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

RB Leipzig Round Bayern Munich
Opponent Result 2018–19 DFB-Pokal Opponent Result
Viktoria Köln (A) 3–1 First round SV Drochtersen/Assel (A) 1–0
1899 Hoffenheim (H) 2–0 Second round SV Rödinghausen (A) 2–1
VfL Wolfsburg (H) 1–0 Round of 16 Hertha BSC (A) 3–2 (a.e.t.)
FC Augsburg (A) 2–1 (a.e.t.) Quarter-finals 1. FC Heidenheim (H) 5–4
Hamburger SV (A) 3–1 Semi-finals Werder Bremen (A) 3–2



25 May 2019 (2019-05-25)
20:00 CEST
RB Leipzig 0–3 Bayern Munich Olympiastadion, Berlin
Attendance: 74,322
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Hamburg)
Report Lewandowski Goal 29'85'
Coman Goal 78'
RB Leipzig
Bayern Munich
GK 1 Flag of Hungary Péter Gulácsi
RB 16 Flag of Germany Lukas Klostermann
CB 6 Flag of France Ibrahima Konaté Substituted off in the 82nd minute 82'
CB 4 Flag of Hungary Willi Orban (c) Substituted off in the 70th minute 70'
LB 23 Flag of Germany Marcel Halstenberg
DM 14 Flag of United States Tyler Adams Substituted off in the 65th minute 65'
CM 7 Flag of Austria Marcel Sabitzer
CM 44 Flag of Slovenia Kevin Kampl
AM 10 Flag of Sweden Emil Forsberg
CF 9 Flag of Denmark Yussuf Poulsen
CF 11 Flag of Germany Timo Werner
GK 28 Flag of Switzerland Yvon Mvogo
DF 5 Flag of France Dayot Upamecano Booked in the 82nd minute 82' Substituted on in the 70th minute 70'
DF 22 Flag of France Nordi Mukiele
DF 27 Flag of Austria Konrad Laimer Substituted on in the 65th minute 65'
MF 8 Flag of Mali Amadou Haidara Substituted on in the 82nd minute 82'
MF 31 Flag of Germany Diego Demme
FW 20 Flag of Brazil Matheus Cunha
Flag of Germany Ralf Rangnick
RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich 2019-05-25.png
GK 1 Flag of Germany Manuel Neuer (c)
RB 32 Flag of Germany Joshua Kimmich
CB 4 Flag of Germany Niklas Süle
CB 5 Flag of Germany Mats Hummels
LB 27 Flag of Austria David Alaba
CM 8 Flag of Spain Javi Martínez Substituted off in the 65th minute 65'
CM 6 Flag of Spain Thiago
RW 22 Flag of Germany Serge Gnabry Substituted off in the 73rd minute 73'
AM 25 Flag of Germany Thomas Müller
LW 29 Flag of France Kingsley Coman Substituted off in the 87th minute 87'
CF 9 Flag of Poland Robert Lewandowski Booked in the 87th minute 87'
GK 26 Flag of Germany Sven Ulreich
DF 13 Flag of Brazil Rafinha
DF 17 Flag of Germany Jérôme Boateng
MF 7 Flag of France Franck Ribéry Substituted on in the 87th minute 87'
MF 10 Flag of Netherlands Arjen Robben Substituted on in the 73rd minute 73'
MF 24 Flag of France Corentin Tolisso Substituted on in the 65th minute 65'
MF 35 Flag of Portugal Renato Sanches
Flag of Croatia Niko Kovač

Man of the Match:
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Assistant referees:
Christian Gittelmann (Gauersheim)
Matthias Jöllenbeck (Freiburg)
Fourth official:
Bibiana Steinhaus (Langenhagen)
Video assistant referee:
Tobias Welz (Wiesbaden)
Assistant video assistant referee:
Martin Thomsen (Kleve)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time.

See also

External links

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