Borussia Dortmund finished their season with a trophy after their 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal final. The match saw goals from Ousmane Dembélé and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Dortmund and Ante Rebic for Frankfurt.
First Half Summary
Dortmund had a great start to the match with an electrifying goal from Dembélé. He received the ball on the right side of the penalty area, then cut the ball onto his left foot. The defender was completely taken out of the equation.
With just the goalkeeper standing between Dembélé and the goal, the Frenchman remained composed and fired his shot into the roof of the net to send Dortmund into the lead.
Frankfurt held on to make sure they remained in the match. After weathering the storm of Dortmund attacks, Frankfurt found a way back into the match with a goal.
An error at the back by Dortmund led to a turnover in a good position for Frankfurt. A quick through ball was released to catch the backline off-guard. The pass precisely reached Rebic, who found himself alone in the Dortmund penalty area.
Rebic proceeded to coolly place a curled shot past Burki and into the back of the net to equalize.
Frankfurt had the best chance before the end of the first half, when Haris Seferovic hit the post with a shot from the edge of the penalty area. The goalkeeper had no chance of stopping it, but Frankfurt were denied the lead by the woodwork.
Second Half Summary
To fix Dortmund’s problems from the first half, Thomas Tuchel made two changes at half time to strengthen his side. The inclusion of Pulisic and Castro brought energy and attacking ability to the side.
The changes worked, as Dortmund managed to create a great chance through Kagawa and a brilliant bicycle kick attempt from Aubameyang, which hit the crossbar.
The pressure eventually led to a penalty for Dortmund after Pulisic was brought down in the box. A chipped ball into the danger area found the American, who pushed the ball past the goalkeeper before being tripped.
Aubameyang stepped up to take the spot kick. He walked up and chipped the ball down the middle of the goal, keeping a level head to take his team into the lead.
Although Frankfurt pushed as hard as they could for a second equalizer, they ultimately came up short, making Dortmund the champions.
Champions at Last
Dortmund went on to lift the trophy after missing out in their last three attempts. They were the first team to play in four DFB-Pokal finals in a row.
Prior to the match, Dortmund had won the German cup three times, while Frankfurt had four titles to their name. However, Frankfurt had not managed to make it to a cup final in 11 years. Therefore, Dortmund were rightfully the favorites to win the match.
This win means Dortmund secured their fourth cup win, but elsewhere in the league, SC Freiburg had reason to celebrate as well. Since Dortmund have also qualified for the Champions League, their cup win makes Freiburg’s 7th place finish eligible for Europa League qualification.
Eintracht Frankfurt can also hold their heads high, as they were in the middle of a relegation play-off at this point last season.