DFB-Pokal Final 2015: Schalke 1-2 Dortmund


Dortmund’s 54-match season ended on a high as a last-minute winner from Marco Reus sealed the DFB-Pokal Final against Schalke in Berlin tonight, winning back-to-back domestic doubles to ease away some of the continental disappointment.

Gray Surman reverted back to the asymmetrical shape and brought in the strongest possible staring XI, with only Sven Bender unavailable as he sat out with a broken collarbone. Dortmund were happy to sit back and counter, and came closest in a goalless first-half, when Mats Hummels was denied twice on the line from corners.

Half-time substitute Dennis Praet provided the catalyst for the opener, when his snap-shot was pushed back out by David Ospina only as far as André Schürrle who slotted home into an unguarded goal ten minutes after the break.

Schalke pushed for an equaliser and won a number of corners, but the game flattened out as defences played high lines and the assistant referees had a busy night. With ten minutes remaining, route one stuff drew Schalke level as Teemo Pukki poked through Roman Weidenfeller for an equaliser.

As the clock ticked into the final ninety seconds, Rafinha was denied by a boot from Praet as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar intercepted a back-pass and played him through. BVB cleared the corner and hammered the ball forwards. Cristiano Zaccardo made a mess of a pass towards Benedikt Höwedes and substitute Ivan Perisic stole in.

He took two touches to get into the box before firing at Ospina who once again pushed the ball back into play, and Marco Reus had the easiest of finishes to win it. BVB weathered a brief storm as Schalke threw everyone forwards in stoppage time, but it was Dortmund who retained the trophy.


Welcome to Berlin’s Olympiastadion for the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final, and first between Schalke and Borussia Dortmund. Schalke finished 4th, eleven points off the pace of champions Dortmund, but managed to sneak in to the Champions League spots with a final day win.

Lewis Holtby (broken foot) and Marco Höger (hamstring) are out for Schalke, while Sven Bender (collarbone) is absent for Dortmund who have won the last four meetings between these fierce rivals.

[00] Wolfgang Stark gets the 72nd DFB-Pokal Final under way! Dortmund have four wins from six previous final appearances, while Schalke have five wins from twelve.

[04] First touch for Roman Weidenfeller in the Dortmund goal as he comes to claim a Matip cross. Good work down the right from Schalke, but Huntelaar couldn’t get on the end of it.

[04] Weidenfeller bowls the ball upfield and Dortmund break. Marco Reus has a shot from just inside the box which deflects wide off Papadopoulous and they win the first corner. Howedes and Draxler combine to clear.

[05] Good sliding challenge to ceny Reus another shot at goal. Contento makes the tackle. Götze whips in the second corner but Rafinha clears from the six-yard box.

[10] Schalke giving free-kicks away all over the park. Rafinha brings down Jovetic 25 yards out. Reus’s free-kick deflects up off the wall and is floated back into the box by Subotic but Jovetic heads inches over the top from eight yards out.

[17] Half-chances at both ends but neither Draxler nor Jovetic can get a shot away.

[18] Farfán’s attempted cross cannons behind of Schmelzer and Schalke have their first corner. Draxler’s delivery is headed aWay by Subotic and Dortmund regroup.

[20] Twenty played and Schalke have more of the possession (64-36%) but haven’t tested Weidenfeller yet. BVB look happy to defend deep then break.

[22] Corner for Schalke as Schmelzer challenges Draxler. Huntelaar beats Hummels to the ball at the far post but can only find the side netting with his header.

[23] Another corner for Schalke as Lars Bender challenges Rafinha. Hummels heads away.

[24] Draxler bends an effort well wide from 25 yards.

[26] Corner number four for Schalke. Dortmund defend this one well, with Schmelzer finally hammering it away. They try the quick counter but Rafinha clears his lines.

[33] Still haven’t had a shot on target registered by either side yet. Schürrle puts a lovely ball through to Jovetic, but the flag goes up.

[34] Rafinha is the first player in the book after his fourth foul of the game, barging Schürrle over in the middle of the park.

[35] Reus runs at Neustadter down the right and wins Dortmund a corner. Götze whips it in low to the near post and it’s met by Hummels who has his volley stopped at point-blank range by Ospina before Matip clears it behind.

[36] Off the line! Hummels causes problems again when he meets Götze’s corner. His header beats Ospina but Matip hacks it clear.

[36] Jovetic bends a daisy-cutter wide from 20 yards.

[39] Schalke corner, won by Farfán. Subotic clears.

[40] Schmelzer challenges Farfán in the box, but again Dortund clear Draxler’s corner.

[43] Jefferson Farfán stays down after he collides with Schmelzer and Hummels. He looks like he’ll play until the break though.

[44] Hunterlaar wins Schalke a corner, their seventh. Schmelzer clears.

[45] Two minutes added on.


HALF-TIME: FC Schalke 0-0 Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal Final).

[HT] One change at the break for Dortmund who bring on Dennis Praet for Verniers (6.7).

[46] Schalke kick-off the second-half. The two sides now defending the ends in front of their own fans.

[49] Jonathan Viera has a go from the edge of the box but his effort is always droping wide.

[54] Game very stop-start at the moment with offside decisions at both ends, all correct.

[55] Bender trips Viera a yard outside the box, Howedes flicks the free-kick on but Hummels clears away.

[56] SCHALKE 0-1 DORTMUND: The holders take the lead, and it comes out of nothing. Dennis Praet takes a touch to set himself before curling towards goal from the edge of the box. Ospina makes a brilliant save to push it away but is powerless to stop André Schürrle knocking home the loose ball.


[56] Second change for Dortmund: Robert Lewandowski is on for Jovetic (7.1) who has picked-up a knock.

[56] Schalke are making a change before the restart: On comes Teemo Pukki for Viera (6.7).

[62] Pukki makes good progress into the box but Hummels closes him down, challenges, and Schalke win a corner. They make a double change and bring on Cristian Zaccardo and Sergio Escudero for Farfán (5.9) and Draxler (5.9).

[62] Bender clears the corner, but the ball only falls as far as Rafinha who hammers it back towards goal but he’s off-target through the packed penalty area.

[66] Escudero gets by Beck and tries to chip a shot from a tight angle past Weidenfeller, but it drops just over the top.

[67] Robert Lewandowski is cautioned after a bad foul on Benedikt Howedes. First of the season for him.

[70] Twenty minutes separating Dortmund from the domestic double. Schalke really need to start testing Weidenfeller, he’s not had a save to make.

[74] Corner for Schalke. Beck knocks Howedes’ cross behind.

[80] SCHALKE 1-1 DORTMUND: Schalke draw level with their first shot on target all game. Cristian Zaccardo launches a long ball over the top for Teemo Pukki who out-paces Hummels and pokes the ball through Weidenfeller. It trickles agonisingly over the line as Schmelzer rushes to get back.


[83] Sixth and final change. Ivan Perisic replaces Götze (7.0) for Dortmund.

[85] Klaas-Jan Huntelaar jumps and catches Lewandowski with an arm, earning him a caution.

[87] Praet flights a free-kick in after Zaccardo brings down Schürrle by the corner flag, but Howedes clears.

[89] Schalke win a corner in the final minute. Huntelaar intercepts a bad ball across the back, and Rafinha has his shot deflected behind. Dortmund clear the corner.

[89] SCHALKE 1-2 DORTMUND: GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Dortmund have probably won it with one minutes to play. Zaccardo plays a terrible ball back towards Höwedes that’s intercepted by Ivan Perisic. He gets inside the box and is denied by Ospina but Marco Reus slots home the rebound.


[90] Three minutes to be added on.

[90+1] Schalke understandably throwing everything at Dortmund. Escudero and Neustadter get in each other’s way ten yards out, but Praet deflects the shot behind. Schalke’s 11th corner to Dortmund’s four tonight.

[90+2] Pukki snatches at a shot from 22 yards. Weidenfeller sees it wide.


FULL-TIME: FC Schalke 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal Final). [PKM]

A dramatic end to a match, and Marco Reus is carried aloft by his team mates as he’s won Dortmund back-to-back domestic doubles with his strike with 61 seconds of normal time remaining.

It’s all come together for Dortmund since they got knocked out of continental football, with Surman changing the shape and they’ll celebrate tonight with a sweet victory over their fiercest rivals.

Time for a long summer and a cold beer. Thanks for reading!


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