Dort­mund end Ger­man Cup jinx

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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.

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