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Dortmund end German Cup jinx at fourth attempt

Dortmund end German Cup jinx at fourth attempt

BERLIN: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a cheeky penalty as 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.

Aubameyang, the Bundesliga top scorer with 31, chipped the ball straight down the middle as Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky dived on what could be his final Dortmund appearance with the forward linked with a move away from the Ruhr valley club this summer.

After Dortmund, who finished third in the Bundesliga, took the lead at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium through Ousmane Dembele’s early goal, Frankfurt forward Ante Rebic equalised to make it 1-1 at the break before Aubameyang turned the game.

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.”

Dembele got his side off to a great start in the eighth minute when he eluded Jesus Vallejo on the right and curled the ball inside the far post.

Frankfurt needed some time to recover and they did it with their first chance when Rebic was sent through with a superb Mijat Gacinovic pass to beat Roman Buerki in the 29th.

But Aubameyang, who had a quiet game, scored the winner midway through the second half after Hradecky brought down substitute Christian Pulisic to concede the spot kick.

Published in Dawn, May 29th, 2017

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