Bayern beat Dortmund on penalties

Neither Bayern not Dortmund could break the deadlock in the DFB-Pokal final at Olympiastadion Berlin on Saturday, with Bayern winning 4-3 on penalties.

Bayern 0 (4) Dortmund 0 (3)

No goals after extra time

Bayern win on penalties

Match Summary

The match went into extra time after a goalless 90 minutes, as the two old rivals cancelled each other out. Part of that was because the Bundesliga’s top two scorers were both far from their best, with Robert Lewandowski fluffing his lines on a few occasions and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missing a golden opportunity to win it late on for Dortmund.

An exhausting extra half an hour came and went without the goal arriving, forcing a penalty shootout, which Bayern went on to win 4-3.

Full Report

The match got off to an intense start, with Thomas Müller flashes an early effort over the bar after just four minutes, but most of the battle was in midfield, with few clear-cut chances to follow.

Douglas Costa came close for Bayern in the 33rd minute with a fizzing shot towards the far post that forced Swiss goalkeeper Roman Bürki into a neat save to keep the Brazilian out, and keep the scoreline goalless at halftime.

The chances arrived in greater numbers early in the second half for Bayern, with Franck Ribery firing a low shot across goal that Roberto Lewandowski, at full stretch, could only send narrowly wide of the target. A couple of minutes earlier and the Polish striker was denied by Sokratis Papastathopoulos when he found himself in space on the right flank.

Lewandowski was uncharacteristically profligate again in the 63rd minute after Mats Hummels had made a tackle on Müller, and the ball fell to the former Dortmund star, but he couldn’t keep his effort down and blazed it over the bar.

Bürki was tested again in the 75th minute, this time from Ribery, who dribbled at Lukasz Piszczek and had a shot that took a wicked deflection to give the Dortmund stopper something to think about.

While Bundesliga top scorer Lewandowski was struggling to finish at the other end, second-placed striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang really should have won it for BVB in the 85th minute when Marco Reus burst down the right flank and picked out the Gabon forward in plenty of space at the back post, but his side foot volley sailed harmlessly into the crown with the goal at his mercy.

Bayern almost broke the deadlock in just the third minute of added time when Ribery worked some space and teed it up for Lewandowski to strike, but just as he was about to pull the trigger in slides Erik Durm with a crucial tackle.

Dortmund had another chance towards the the end of the first period of extra time when Henrikh Mkhitaryan was picked out at the far post with a cross and flashed it back across goal to be attacked, but Aubameyang was unable to pounce on the opportunity.

David Alaba brought another save out of Bürki in the 112th minute with a whizzing shot towards the bottom corner. A little bit later and Kingsley Coman, fresh-legged having just come on, had a run at the Dortmund defence but was bullied off the ball for a goal kick by the excellent Sokratis.

The match then went to penalties, with Kagawa, Aubameyang and Reus scoring for Dortmund, but Bender and Sokratis missing the target. Kimmich failed to score for Bayern, but Vidal, Lewandowski and Müller were all spot on, and Costa buried the final penalty to win it for Bayern.

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