Cup SF: Bor. Dortmund 2 – 1 Bayern Munich

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Borussia Dortmund are still on course for the treble after setting up a DFB-Pokal Final tie against Fortuna Düsseldorf with a 2-1 home win over Bayern Munich at Signal Iduna Park tonight.

Despite seeing less of the ball during the opening exchanges, Dortmund didn’t let the visitors have a shot on goal until the 34th minute, before taking the lead themselves when captain Mats Hummels’s header clipped the bar and beat the ‘keeper at the near post. One-nil soon became two, when Neven Subotic powered home a header from a free-kick by the corner flag.

A lacklustre Bayern side made two changes at the break, and their third just six minutes later, and all three substitutes played a part in their goal. Luiz Gustavo played a great ball to David Alaba who was fouled out wide. The delivery was whipped in, and when Arjen Robben smashed a volley against the bar, Mario Mandzukic had an easy chance to half the deficit.

Dortmund defended well, while still continuing to test Manuel Neuer, but were unable to put the result beyond doubt leading to increased pressure as time ran out, but Bayern couldn’t force the ball home, Javi Martinez missing a fantastic chance with two minutes remaining.

Dennis Praet was at the heart of the BVB midfield, setting up both goals and creating chances aplenty, including two for himself where he was a whisker away from his fourth goal for the club. It was centre-backs, and goalscorers, Hummels and Subotic who were first to headers at both ends of the pitch to seal the win.

Borussia Dortmund have won £1.52m for their victory, and will play Fortuna Düsseldorf in the Final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on Saturday 17 May, three days after the final Bundesliga match day.


            BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2-1 FC BAYERN MUNICH          
                   Hummels 39     Mandzukic 55
                   Subotic 44
                                             Att: 80,720
   DFB-Pokal SF, Signal Iduna Park. Wet 7°C. Ref: F.Zwayer

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       BORUSSIA DORTMUND       |       FC BAYERN MUNICH
 1. Roman Weidenfeller    7.0  |  1. Manuel Neuer          6.6
 2. Andreas Beck          7.6  | 18. Rafinha               5.8³
 4. Neven Subotic     [Y] 8.7  | 24. Javi Martinez         7.0
 5. Mats Hummels (c)  [*] 8.8  |  4. Dante                 6.9
 3. Marcel Schmelzer  [Y] 7.4  | 21. Philipp Lahm (c)      6.9
26. Dennis Praet      [Y] 8.7  | 31. B.Schweinsteiger      7.0
28. Kostas Katsouranis    6.9² |  6. Sami Khedira      [Y] 7.0
11. Marco Reus            6.9  | 10. Toni Kroos        [Y] 7.0
10. Mario Götze           6.9³ |  9. Arjen Robben          7.1
 9. Robert Lewandowski    7.0¹ | 11. Xherdan Shaqiri       6.2¹
23. Julian Schieber       7.0  | 33. Mario Gómez           6.8²
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20. Mitchell Langerak      .   | 22. Tom Starke             .
 7. Viktor Fischer        6.9³ |  2. Lukas Piszczek         .
 8. Ilkay Gündogan        6.9¹ | 13. Nils Petersen          .
15. Felipe Santana         .   | 17. Mario Mandzukic       7.2²
18. Moritz Leitner        6.5³ | 25. Thomas Müller          .
22. Julian Koch            .   | 27. David Alaba           7.0³
30. Jakub Blaszczykowski   .   | 30. Luiz Gustavo          7.0¹

Match report by @realtimeFM:

“Bayern Munich are a fantastic side in a great run of form and I think they have enough here to upset the home side. Sven Bender and Ivan Perisic are big absentees for Dortmund.” – Hermann Bach, Football Daily.

[00] We’re underway, the winners will face Düsseldorf in the final!

[01] Marcel Schmelzer gives away the first free-kick of the evening, but Dortmund clear the delivery away.

[07] Entertaining start, Bayern win more of the possession but no end result for either side. Dortmund win the first corner of the match, though. Marco Reus is overlapped by Dennis Praet who gets a corner from Toni Kroos’s challenge.

[07] Neven Subotic heads the corner towards goal and Javi Martinez knocks it away from off the line at the far post.

[08] Ball drops from a headed clearance to Kostas Katsouranis 25 yards out but his volley is comfortably wide.

[09] Arjen Robben wins Bayern their first corner, and promptly their second when his header is deflected wide. Second delivery cleared away.

[17] Mats Hummels is late on Sami Khedira and gives away a free-kick centrally 25 yards out. The wall do their job and it goes for a corner.

[20] First great chance of the night falls to Mario Götze. Julian Schieber robs Javi Martinez and plays Götze through. His shot is saved well by Manuel Neuer and Rafinha puts it behind.

[23] Marcel Schmelzer brings down Arjen Robben wide on the right. Neven Subotic heads the cross away.

[24] Rafinha cuts it back for Arjen Robben eight yards out but his first touch is too heavy and Subotic gets back to put it behind for another corner.

[31] Dennis Praet cuts inside and strikes a low drive right across the face of goal that’s inches away from nestling in at the far post.

[33] Two minutes later and Marco Reus does the exact same thing. Dortmund have had slightly less possession, but they’ve had 6 shots to Bayern’s 0.

[34] There’s the first, Roman Weidenfeller gets down quickly to push away Sami Khedira’s strong drive from 15 yards out.

[36] Xherdan Shaqiri doesn’t have any options, 25 yards from goal, but he manages to wriggle and turn his man and fire a shot straight at Weidenfeller. Dortmund counter quickly, but Reus doesn’t trouble Neuer with a 20-yarder.

[38] Praet nearly picks out Reus behind the back four, but Lahm puts it behind.

[39] 1-0 DORTMUND! Dennis Praet’s corner is met six yards out by Dortmund captain Mats Hummels whose header beats Neuer, clips the underside of the bar and drops into the back of the net.

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[43] The goal has really lifted the home side. Götze twice gets away on the left, but his crosses are both intercepted.

[43] Toni Kroos barges Marcel Schmelzer over and is cautioned.

[44] 2-0 DORTMUND! What a massive goal! Dennis Praet whips the freekick in from the left wing and Neven Subotic beats Kroos to the ball and powers his header home for a second goal.

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[45] There will be a minimum of two additional minutes.

[45+2] Philip Lahm lets fly from 30 yards, which thunders into Mats Hummels and drops for an unmarked Toni Kroos on the edge of the box, but the flag goes up for offside and Dortmund breathe a sigh of relief.

[45+2] Marco Reus cracks one towards goal at the other end from 25 yards, which smashes back off the woodwork. Dante has to dive and head it away before Robert Lewandowski can turn the loose ball into an open goal. The whistle goes before Dortmund can take the corner.

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HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Bayern Munich (DFB-Pokal Semi-Final)

[HT] Bayern Munich have made two changes at the break: Luiz Gustavo replaces Mario Gomez (6.8), and the top scorer in the country, Mario Mandzukic comes on for Xherdan Shaqiri (6.2).

[45] Off we go again! Dortmund 45 minutes from the final.

[50] Both sides have exploded out of the blocks this half. Bayern looking for a goal to take the wind out of the Dortmund sails, who in turn are pushing men forwards to kill this off. Next goal will be crucial, but Dortmund more than happy if there isn’t one!

[51] Third change³ for Bayern: David Alaba replaces Rafinha (5.8).

[52] Dennis Praet bends a free-kick round the wall from 30 yards out. From the angle in the commentary box it looked like it was about to meet the top corner, but it drops just wide.

[55] GOAL, BAYERN MUNICH! Reus fouls Alaba on Bayern’s left wing, and Toni Kroos whips the free-kick in. Mats Hummels heads it away, and Arjen Robben smashes a dipping volley against the crossbar from 20 yards out. Mario Mandzukic can’t miss from two yards out when the ball drops to him from the rebound.

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[56] Götze beats the offside trap from Schieber’s through-ball but gets his feet in a tangle and Neuer closes him down and grabs the ball at his feet.

[59] Sami Khedira trips Lewandowski as Dortmund break, and he’s cautioned.

[65] Substitution for Dortmund¹: Ilkay Gündogan replaces Lewandowski (7.0).

[67] Dennis Praet bursts clear but drags his shot wide. Inches wide again.

[70] Cheers from around the ground as the PA system announces a sell-out crowd of 80,720, somewhat unsurprisingly.

[74] Double-change for Dortmund: Viktor Fischer and Moritz Leitner come on for Götze (6.9) and Katsouranis (6.9).

[78] Manuel Neuer being tested in the air with crosses coming in from Reus, Praet and Schieber but he claims them all cleanly.

[79] Marcel Schmelzer blocks off the run of Philip Lahm and is cautioned.

[82] Bayern do clever things with the ball in the final third, but Sami Khedira’s shot from 20 yards fails to test Weidenfeller.

[84] David Alaba clatters Ilkay Gündogan. He gets treatment from the Dortmund physios but gingerly gets to his feet. No way he’ll fancy extra-time should bayern snatch a late equaliser.

[87] Bayern are pushing everything forward. Neven Subotic clears a cross behind for a corner. Lahm heads Kroos’s delivery back across goal and Javi Martinez gets on the end of it, sending it a yard wide. That was a glorious opportunity.

[90] Three additional minutes.

[90+1] Dennis Praet is cautioned for a foul on halfway on Kroos. He’s had a brilliant game for Dortmund today.

[90+3] Dortmund are thirty seconds away from the final, and they’re keeping the ball brilliantly. Though, Gündogan’s 25-yard effort is blocked and Bayern launch the ball up field.

[90+3] Neven Subotic bodychecks Mario Mandzukic and is cautioned. Taking one for the team there. That may well be it. Bayern take the free-kick short and… there’s the final whistle!

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FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Bayern Munich (DFB-Pokal Semi-Final)

Bundesliga Result: Mainz 2-1 Leverkusen (Szalai 6, Müller 65 – Kießling 62)

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