Mönchengladbach - Hamburger SV avoided FC Bayern München, who they'll face in the opening game of the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign, but still had to beat Borussia Mönchengladbach and FC Augsburg en route to lifting the 2015 Telekom Cup on Sunday.
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Semi-final: Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-0 Hamburger SV
There was nothing to separate Bundesliga rivals Gladbach and Hamburg over the course of two 22.5-minute halves, with Foals winger Andre Hahn going as close as anyone to breaking the deadlock in the first half. In the ensuing shoot-out, HSV goalkeeper Rene Adler saved twice before Gojko Kacar sunk the decisive spot-kick to send holders Hamburg into the final thanks to a 5-3 victory.
Semi-final: FC Bayern München 1-2 FC Augsburg
Bundesliga champions Bayern got off to a flying start against Augsburg when new signing Douglas Costa teed up Thiago Alcantara for the opening goal with just seven minutes on the clock. Markus Weinzierl’s men hit back after the restart through Alexander Esswein, however, and after Thiago struck the woodwork, Jeong-Ho Hong glanced in a header to set up a final with HSV.
Third-place play-off: Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-0 FC Bayern München
Gladbach were taken to penalties once again in the third-place play-off against Bayern. This time summer signing Lars Stindl, Tsiy William Ndenge, Mahmoud Dahoud and Roel Brouwers all found the back of the net for the hosts, but it was 33-year-old goalkeeper Christopher Heimeroth who was the real hero, keeping out efforts from Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg and Fabian Benko as Lucien Favre’s men took proverbial bronze.
Final: Hamburger SV 2-1 FC Augsburg
Chasing a second successive Telekom Cup trophy, Hamburg struk early through Mohamed Goudida following great work from veteran Croatian international Ivica Olic. The Tunisian winger almost added another, before Olic got in the act himself with a well-taken header. Augsburg's Slovenian international striker Tim Matavz reduced the arrears, but HSV held on to win a tournament-leading third Telekom Cup.
Translation: That's what champions look like