Wolfsburg wreck Klopp farewell

Luiz Gustavo, Kevin de Bruyne and Bas Dost all struck in the first half to spoil Dortmund’s plans to send Klopp off in style after seven years in charge.

Having led Dortmund to the 2013 Champions League final after winning the Bundesliga in 2011 and claiming the German league and cup double in 2012, this was Klopp’s final bow before Thomas Tuchel takes over next season.??

Wolfsburg finished second only to Bayern Munich in the German league this season and claimed their first German cup title in their 69-year history, exactly 20 years after reaching their last final.

Dortmund started well and took the lead after only five minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang??turned in Shinji Kagawa’s cross from the right with a fine swivel and volley.

Mitchell Langerak defended their lead with a good save from Ivan Perisic’s shot, but he was less convincing when he parried a Naldo free-kick to the feet of Luiz??Gustavo, who levelled midway through the first half.

The pendulum then swung in Wolfsburg’s favour when De Bruyne swept a 20-yard??volley just inside Langerak’s left-hand post, with the Australian hardly at??fault this time.

De Bruyne kissed an emblem on his shirt in memorial of his compatriot and??club-mate Junior Malanda, who died in a car accident in January.

Wolfsburg’s first game after Malanda’s shock death was a 4-1 win over Bayern??Munich in the Bundesliga and they looked equally hungry on Saturday.

They doubled their advantage five minutes after De Bruyne’s goal, with Dost??freeing himself from his marker to head in Perisic’s cross from close range.

Dortmund tried to get back in the game in the second half, with Kagawa’s shot??kissing the outside of the post and Henrikh Mkhitaryan testing Diego Benaglio.

A dipping Aubameyang free-kick gave the Swiss goalkeeper some more work to do??late on but Wolfsburg’s lead was never in doubt as they lifted the DFB-Pokal and??inflicted one final defeat on Klopp as Dortmund coach.