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Bayern Munich wins German Cup
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Bayern Munich wins record 20th German Cup (video)

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Bayern Munich was hardly bothered in securing a record 20th German Cup via a 4-2 defeat of Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin on Saturday.

The team with the second-most German Cups is Werder Bremen, who has won six times. Bayern has won 10 times this century including the last two.

The Bundesliga champions scored twice in the first half-hour and twice held three-goal leads in what was Bayer’s first German Cup final since a 2009 loss to Bremen.

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David Alaba and Serge Gnabry scored the early goals and┬áRobert Lewandowski scored twice to round out the victor’s scoring.

The first goal of the Polish star’s brace came from a long pass from Manuel Neuer and a shot flubbed by Bayer keeper Lucas Hradecky.

Sven Bender and Kai Havertz scored for Bayer, the latter goal coming deep in stoppage time.

Here’s Alaba’s terrific quickly-taken free kick goal to open the scoring.

Dortmund’s Sven Bender to join twin brother at Leverkusen

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LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) Bayer Leverkusen is signing Sven Bender from Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund, reuniting the German midfielder with his twin brother Lars, who captains the club.

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Leverkusen says the 28-year-old Bender will sign a contract through June 2021 after undergoing a medical examination.

Bender played 158 Bundesliga games for Dortmund after joining from 1860 Munich – where his brother also played – in 2009. He won the Bundesliga with Dortmund in 2011 and 2012, as well as the German Cup in 2012 and 2017.

Bender says he requested to leave in order to get more games. He made only eight appearances last season due to injury and competition for places.

Leverkusen did not give financial details. But Kicker magazine reports Leverkusen will pay around 15 million euros ($17 million) for the player, who has made seven appearances for Germany.

Arsenal’s Gnabry, Bender twins highlight Germany Olympic roster

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Germany is bringing an exceptional batch of young talent to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry joins Borussia Dortmund’s Matthias Ginter on the squad, while brothers Lars and Sven Bender will also ply their trade at the Games.

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The Benders join Freiburg’s Nils Petersen as Germany’s three overage players for the U-23 tournament.

Max Meyer of Schalke and Julian Brandt of Bayer Leverkusen will also be in focus during the tournament, which begins Thursday, Aug. 4 in Brazil.

Gnabry will not be available for the first two weeks of the Premier League season. Arsenal opens with Liverpool and Leicester City.

Full roster

Goalkeepers: Timo Horn (1. FC K├Âln), Jannik Huth (1. FSV Mainz 05)

Defenders: Robert Bauer (FC Ingolstadt 04), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Philipp Max (FC Augsburg), Niklas S├╝le, Jeremy Toljan (both TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)

Midfielders/forwards: Lars Bender (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Brandt (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Max Christiansen (FC Ingolstadt 04), Serge Gnabry (Arsenal FC), Leon Goretzka, Max Meyer (both FC Schalke 04), Nils Petersen (SC Freiburg), Grischa Pr├Âmel (Karlsruher SC), Davie Selke (RB Leipzig)

On standby: Leonardo Bittencourt (1. FC K├Âln), Christian G├╝nter, Sebastian Kerk (both SC Freiburg), Eric Oelschl├Ągel (SV Werder Bremen)