Summary

  • Dortmund beat Hertha in DFB Cup semi-final
  • BVB will face FC Bayern in Berlin on 21 May
  • Gonzalo Castro, Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the scoresheet.

FC Bayern München are through to their 21st DFB Cup final, but who will join them at the Olympiastadion on 21 May? Will it be the capital's own Hertha Berlin? Or will it be last season's beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund? All will be revealed...

DFB Cup semi-final results/fixtures (kick-offs 20:30CEST/18:30GMT)

Wednesday, 20 April

Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund - match preview

Tuesday, 19 April

FC Bayern München 2-0 FC SV Werder Bremen - match report

22:45 - ...AND BREATHE!

Ladies and gentlemen that brings us to an end of our live coverage of the DFB Cup semi-finals. Two nights, six goals and the final pairing sees us add a third Der Klassiker to the 2015/16 calendar. That fixture will take place on 21 May in Berlin and it is highly unlikely that it won't live up to it's billing!

POST-MATCH REACTION

PAL DARDAI (HERTHA BERLIN HEAD COACH): Hope is a weird word. We didn't have hope. We worked hard to get to where we are and wanted it would be enough to reach the final. We gave Dortmund too much room though. In the second half we tried to press higher up the pitch, but didn't make the most of our period of pressure when we could have scored an equaliser. If we had gone gung-ho in the first half we'd have ended up like Liverpool, 2-0 down. We had enough chances and were able to create pressure after the break. We pushed ourselves to the limit, but it wasn't enough against a top side. To defend against Dortmund is difficult. They're fast, dynamic and make the right decisions at the right time. If we reach our targets then we'll be playing in these high-pressure matches for a while yet.

MARCO REUS (BORUSSIA DORTMUND FORWARD): We had the fans behind us. It was a tricky game to navigate, but after taking the lead we put ourselves in a great position to reach the final. Berlin came into the game more in the second half, but in my opinion we had the better chances in the game and deservedly came out on top. We defended well today, looked good going forward and engineered a lot of chances. After we took the lead it got easier. We've worked hard for this. Today was just the latest reaction to being knocked out against Liverpool in such dramatic fashion.

FULL TIME

Marvin Plattenhardt flashes a late free kick over the bar, but in the end it's Dortmund who hve comfortably booked their place in the final of the DFB Cup.

83' GOAL! BERLIN 0-3 DORTMUND!

Hertha's hopes of playing in a final on home soil have been dashed as Marco Reus beats his marker in the box before squaring for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to tap into an empty net.

78' WOODWORK

Ilkay Gündogan comes off the bench to replace Gonzalo Castro and rattles the far post with a curling effort within a minute of being on the pitch.

75' GOAL! BERLIN 0-2 DORTMUND!

Game over! A slip from John Anthony Brooks allows Borussia Dortmund to break on the counter. Shinji Kagawa picks out Marco Reus who does the rest by firing into the far corner.

73' HUGE CHANCE

Salomon Kalou ghosts in at the far post, but can't find the target with his diving header. So close for Hertha!

70' OUSTANDING SAVE AGAIN!

Rune Jarstein is doing his best to keep Hertha in this game as he makes another superb save, this time denying Henrikh Mkhitaryan's driven volley.

68' OUSTANDING SAVE

Rune Jarstein pulls off an amazing reflex stop to prevent Adrian Ramos extending Dortmund's lead.

64' CHANCE

Corner to Hertha and Salomon Kalou comes within a whisker of getting on the end of John Anthony Brooks' flick on at the front post. They won't get many better than that.

62' SUBSTITUTION

Alexander Baumjohann is brought on in place of Jens Hegeler, who has not had his best night.

55' IN DORTMUND'S HANDS

Ten minutes into the second half and it's as you were comapred to the first. Dortmund have established a control on proceedings and looking the likelier to score, while Hertha can't get anything going in BVB's half.

SECOND HALF!

We're back underway at the Olympiastadion. Can Hertha get themselves back into this or will Dortmund clinch a place in the final?

HALF TIME! BERLIN 0-1 DORTMUND

Dortmund are good value for their half-time lead considering that Hertha have offered little threat and been pinned inside their own half for the most part.

45' HUGE CHANCE

Hertha carve out their first golden opportunity but fail to make it count. Mitchell Weiser gets down the right and picks out Jens Hegeler, who can only fire straight at Roman Bürki from six yards out.

41' CHANCE

Hertha fail to clear their lines, but Mats Hummels is unable to make use of the half-chance that falls his way.

39' DORTMUND DOMINANT

Dortmund have boasted 73 per cent possession, completed just under 90 per cent of their passes and have had eight shots to Hertha's zero so far!

30' FREE KICK

John Anthony Brooks brings down Shinji Kagawa, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan can only rasp an effort wide of the target from the set-piece. Still yet to see anything from Hertha that suggests they can offer an attakcing threat.

25' CHANCE

Dortmund are having a lot of joy down the wings. This time Marcel Schmelzer gets to the byline, but Marco Reus can only blaze over from the left-back's square ball.

20' - GOAL! BERLIN 0-1 DORTMUND

Henrikh Mkhitaryan finds space out wide on the right and, though his cross is blocked, the ball falls kindly to Gonzalo Castro who makes no mistake by sweeping the loose ball home into the top corner.

17' - CHANCE FOR BVB

First chance for either side to find the back of the net, but it's a half chance in truth. Adrian Ramos heads back across goal with Rune Jarstein there to punch clear under pressure from Marco Reus.

10' EVENLY-MATCHED

Dortmund have started brightly in proceedings, but Hertha are proving to be no pushovers so far and are doing their best to limit their opponents' time and space on the ball.

1' - KICK OFF!

Dortmund get us underway in the second DFB Cup semi-final against Berlin.

19:38 - Hertha team news!

"Our starting line-up for the dream" reads the tweet below. The team should look like this: Jarstein - Weiser, Brooks, Stark, Plattenhardt - Skjelbred, Lustenberger, Hegeler, - Haraguchi, Ibisevic, Kalou

19:34 - Dortmund team news!

Out of the jumble: Bürki - Piszczek, Hummels, Bender, Schmelzer - Weigl, Castro - Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Reus - Ramos

19:29 - Tension building!

Just an hour left until the action gets underway. Don't forget to tweet in your scoreline predictions to the official Bundesliga Twitter account: @Bundesliga_EN!

19:00 - Early birds get the worm?

It appears the Hertha Berlin fans are doing a sound check ahead of the game tonight.

18:03 - Kits at the ready!

The anticipation levels are rising. Kick-off is just over 2 hours away!

17:21 - In the genes

Speaking of Mkhitaryan, Armenia's record goalscorer lifted the DFL Supercup in 2014. If BVB can go all the way it would be Mkhitaryan's second piece of silverware with Die Schwarzgelben and Dortmund's fourth DFB Cup triumph. They have history on their side - BVB have not lost a cup semi-final on the road since 1983!

17:14 - Crossbar challenge

BVB's Henrikh Mkhitaryan hit the woodwork five times in this season's UEFA Europa League campaign, but is he as good as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when it comes to finding the crossbar?

16:56 - Possible line-ups

Adrian Ramos is set to lead the line against his former club with BVB's top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struggling with a toe injury.

Apart from the injured Sami Allagui, Hertha are expected to name a full-strength side.

16:48 - Football weather

It's a beautiful day for a game, with the weather in Germany's capital still at 14 degrees celsius/57 degrees fahrenheit even as we approach the 17:00 mark. Three-and-a-half hours to go until kick-off. Remember to read our Hertha Berlin versus Borussia Dortmund match preview.

16:30 - Nothing for granted

BVB goalkeeper Roman Bürki is taking nothing for granted, saying:

"This is a cup tie. League tables and records can be put to the side."

16:20 - Date with destiny?

Hertha Berlin have not contested a DFB Cup semi-final since 1981, when they lost 1-0 to eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt.

16:12 - Captain fantastic

Hertha Berlin captain Fabian Lustenberger has every intention of setting up a final with Bayern, tweeting ahead of the Dortmund game: "We'll be ready".

16:04 - No rest for the wicked...

Having knocked SV Werder Bremen out in Tuesday's semi-final with a 2-0 win, FC Bayern München are already back in training. Their next opponents? Hertha Berlin in the league. Hertha would love to meet the Bavarians again come 21 May.

15:48 - Will Pulisic play?

Judging by the 17-year-old's recent exploits, Thomas Tuchel could do worse than to pick the record-breaking USMNT international star for Dortmund.

15:43 - Result for Reus

No prizes for guessing who Marco Reus thinks will win the DFB Cup semi-final clash between Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund...

15:32 - Tuchel talks

Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is unequivocal in his ambitions for this season's competition, saying:

"In the cup the goal is straightforward. The target is to be in the final, at the least."

13:23 - Tinkerman Tuchel

We have seen midfielder Sven Bender at centre-back this season, and Erik Durm has lined up anywhere from left-back to right-wing for Dortmund. Step aside Romans Bürki and Weidenfeller, though, it looks like Tuchel has another tactical masterplan up his sleeve...

13:13 - Home advantage?

If Hertha can get past Dortmund, the final against Bayern on 21 May will be played on the Old Lady's home turf - a positive for coach Pal Dardai...

12:59 - Kalou confident

A five-time domestic cup-winner in England, Hertha's top scorer Salomon Kalou is two games away from adding some German silverware to his trophy cabinet. His Instagram followers certainly think he can do it!

12:49 - Travelling support

BVB boast the highest average home attendances in world football. At least 10,000 fans have made the 500 kilometre journey across Germany to the capital.

12:35 - BVB in high spirits

Borussia Dortmund look relaxed as they go in search of their fourth DFB Cup triumph.

12:27 - Old Lady, familiar faces

...and here is whom the captital club have brought with them. There are no surprises in the Hertha squad. Salamon Kalou is expected to start as he chases down his fourth DFB Cup goal of the season, and 18th in all competitions. Sami Allagui, on the comeback from a knee injury, is not fit in time for this one.

12.23 - Hertha Arrive

The home team bus has arrived at the Olympiastadion. Winless in their last three games in all competitions, can Pal Dardai's men keep the wheels from falling off their season?

10:30 - A real blow for Borussia Dortmund as top scorer and African Player of the Year Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been ruled out of the tie.

09:45 - The German capital is gearing up for a momentous occasion. Hertha Berlin are on the cusp of reaching the final on home soil! The club's official twitter channel urged fans to "remember what you were doing today, you'll be telling your grandchildren about it!"

09:30 - Borussia Dortmund players were cheered on by a host of well-wishers as they set off for Berlin last night...

09:10 - Thomas Müller sank his teeth into Bremen last night as Bayern made up for last season's semi-final loss to Dortmund with a workmanlike victory at the Allianz Arena. Can anyone stop the ravenous Bavarians from gobbling up an 18th DFB Cup crown?

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