Dortmund reach German Cup final at misfiring Bayern’s expense
Written by Taiwo Adediran on April 29, 2015
Bayern Munich missed all four of their penalties as Borussia Dortmund reached the German Cup final after a shootout.
Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, who is leaving the club at the end of the season, will attempt to win the cup for a second time in his last match.
Arminia Bielefeld and Wolfsburg play in Wednesday’s second semi-final.
Mario Gotze was also denied before Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer smashed against the crossbar as Dortmund booked their trip to Berlin on 30 May.
Bayern, who were crowned German champions for a record 25th time on Sunday, started the match still in a position to emulate the success of Jupp Heynckes’ side, who won a Champions League, Bundesliga and cup treble in 2013.
But despite dominating for much of normal time at the Allianz Arena, they failed to find the killer touch that would have befitted their dominance of possession and dangerous-looking build-up play.
The home side looked to be cruising after Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring, the Polish striker finishing from a tight angle after his chipped shot came back off the post.
Dortmund only registered their first shot on target with 72 minutes played but levelled just three minutes later when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slid in at full stretch to meet Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cross.
The away side had substitute Kevin Kampl sent off in extra time after picking up a second yellow card but held on for penalties as Bastian Schweinsteiger twice missed with headers from close range.
With four league games left to play, Bayern can now turn their attention to Barcelona, who they face at the Nou Camp in a Champions League semi-final first-leg on 6 May.
The German champions may be without Arjen Robben however, as the Dutch winger was withdrawn with an apparent calf strain just 14 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute on his return from injury.
“I am very proud of my team,” said Bayern manager Guardiola. “We played very well. I congratulate Dortmund.”
“That was a hell of a game,” said Dortmund manager Klopp. “Both teams gave everything and Bayern were certainly superior in the first half, but we more than deserved to equalise in the second. Today was our day.”