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  Saturday, 11 May, 2002, 19:54 GMT 20:54 UK
Schalke bash Bayer to retain cup
Bayer Leverkusen star Michael Ballack
Bayer's Ballack was below par against Schalke
Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Schalke 04

Schalke 04 outplayed Champions League finalists Bayer Leverkusen to maintain their hold on the German Cup.

The Berlin final was coach Huub Stevens' last match in charge of Schalke, and his charges gave him the perfect send-off by coming from behind to beat German football's perennial bridesmaids.

As well as reaching the Champions League final, Leverkusen finished the season eight points clear of Schalke in the Bundesliga.

But with their confidence hit by failing to win the title - and their minds perhaps distracted by Wednesday's European final - Leverkusen failed to match Schalke's positive play.

Andreas Moeller scored Schalke's third
Andreas Moeller scored Schalke's third
Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring in the 27th minute for Leverkusen, who have not put their hands on any silverware since winning the German Cup in 1993.

Schalke equalised with a superb free kick from midfielder Joerg Boehme just before the break and then stepped up a gear with three goals in the second half.

Nigerian striker Victor Agali gave them the lead in the 69th minute before veteran midfielder Andreas Moeller added another two minutes later.

Denmark striker Ebbe Sand put the issue beyond doubt with six minutes remaining, although Leverkusen pulled one back a minute from time through substitute Ulf Kirsten.

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