Dortmund end German Cup jinx
BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund snapped their German Cup jinx when they edged past Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 on Saturday to win the trophy after losing the three previous finals, and end their eventful season on a high.
Goals from Ousmane Dembele and Bundesliga top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, linked with a move away from the Ruhr valley club this summer, either side of Ante Rebic’s equaliser gave Dortmund, who finished third in the Bundesliga, their first Cup win since their 2012 domestic double.
The victory completed an amazing turnaround for Dortmund whose season looked in tatters following a bomb attack on the team bus in April that left defender Marc Bartra injured and the team in shock.
But coach Thomas Tuchel kept his players motivated and hungry until the end.
“I am empty, completely empty now,” said Tuchel, whose future is unclear after a row with club bosses. “It was a hard piece of work. It was not our best game but we did it.”
“After what happened (with the attack) to constantly overcome obstacles and then to come here and win is something very special for us,” he said, adding he would like to stay on at Dortmund. “Yes, definitely I would like to stay on.”
It was the first trophy for Tuchel, who joined in 2015, and for winger Marco Reus, considered among the most talented players of his generation but who had lost four finals since arriving in 2012, including the 2013 Champions League final.
“We played a good game over 90 minutes,” said Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac. “They were better in the second half. Details decide finals. We hit the post, then came the penalty.”
Dortmund’s victory also meant Freiburg, seventh in the Bundesliga, will compete in the Europa League qualifying rounds.