Dortmund beat Frankfurt 2-1 to lift the DFB-Pokal title

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Dembele’s early goal and Aubameyang’s penalty sealed the DFB-Pokal victory since 2012.

Borussia Dortmund ended a unlucky run of three successive defeats in the DFB-Pokal final by winning 2-1 against a stubborn Frankfurt. But still uncertainty remains over Thomas Tuchel’s future, as this might be his last match in charge.

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Dortmund’s season was nothing special this season as they finished in 3rd position behind newly promoted RB Leipzig and league winners Bayern. So by winning the DFB-Pokal Dortmund have managed to salvage some pride from this campaign and finally they have given their fans a reason to celebrate.

Despite their dismal record in the German Cup finals, Dortmund wasted no time in controlling the game from the beginning- as Dembele sent home a brilliant team move with turn and finish to give Dortmund an early lead.

Seferovic almost got in behind the Dortmund defence but Kagawa was quick to react and managed a excellently timed intervention.

Dortmund’s defence was opened up again as Timothy Chandler failed to hit the target from a close range, earlier Burki was forced a save to deny Rebic.

But Rebic capitalised on his second opportunity as he calmy slotted a beautiful finish in the bottom-right corner,scoring the equaliser.

Dortmund faced a double blow as Reus and Schmelzer made way for Pulisic and Castro,as their injuries proved too much for them to continue any further.

Pulisic almost had a immediate effect after he can on the pitch, as he was not quick to react and tuck home from Kagawa’s cross.

Pulisic looked very effective on the left and Dembele was brilliant on the other flank aw he found space,he picked out Aubameyang with a looping cross,but only Marco Fabian and the crossbar denied the striker’s acrobatic effort.

A clumsy tackle on Pulisic allowed Dortmund to restore the lead with a penalty and Aubameyang was calm and composed from the spot as he left Hradecky with no chance. The Gabon international scored his 40th goal in all competitions this season.

After taking the lead Dortmund’s defence remained resilient as Frankfurt denied to give up and kept fighting till the final whistle.

Although it was Aubameyang who came closest to increase their lead as his shot went wide clipping the far post.
But it was Dortmund’s night,the night that they and their fans waited for so long. Frankfurt truly deserving finalists as they gave their all in a close encounter.

Sometimes the margin between triumph and defeat is separated by a very thin line and so it was as,one one side Dortmund celebrated their cup triumph after 5 years and on the other side Frankfurt dishearteningly waved off their loyal fans in the Olympiastadion in Berlin.