Dortmund: Aubameyang 5′
Wolfsburg: Gustavo 22′, De Bruyne 33′, Dost 38′
The tenure of soon-to-be-gone Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, and a second DFB-Pokal title marked the perfect way to end his run with the Bundesliga club.
However, the ideal doesn’t always come true.
Facing VfL Wolfsburg earlier today, Klopp witnessed the crown slip away as his opposition fought back to secure a 3-1 victory for themselves in Berlin.
Wolfsburg gained revenge after Dortmund eliminated them in the semi-final a year ago, while a disappointed BVB can still point to success this year with a Europa League qualification.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring with a magnificent volley to put the Black and Yellows in front at the five-minute mark, but Luiz Gusatavo was alert to convert the equalizer off a rebound from Naldo’s attempt.
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Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne brandished his exceptional skill with a scoring bullet from 25 yards out in the 33rd minute, and five minutes later, Bas Dost extended the advantage with a textbook header from Ivan Perisic’s cross
Shinji Kagawa’s sliding effort nearly got Dortmund a second goal right after the half.
In the first half, Dortmund goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak rejected a low shot from De Bruyne early on, and Marco Reus sailed his strike high following a threatening sequence led by Aubameyang on the right side.
23-year-old defender Erik Durm made a mistake that allowed Daniel Caligiuri to continue Wolfsburg’s attacking success, though Langerak was there for the stop. had to be alert to deny
Club legend Sebastian Kehl, at Dortmund since 2001 and making over 300 top-flight appearances, was substituted off in the 68th minute for defender Lukasz Piszczek.
Kehl announced that he will retire at the end of the season and wanted to go off on a high note, just like Klopp.