Summary

  • Ramos left Hertha in summer 2014 for Dortmund.
  • Winner will play either FC Bayern or Bremen.
  • Hertha's Olympiastadion also the venue for the final.

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sidelined through injury, the onus will be on Adrian Ramos to land the knockout blow on former club Hertha Berlin and punch Borussia Dortmund's ticket to a third successive DFB Cup final on Wednesday (kick-off: 20:30CEST/18:30GMT).

The Colombia international striker, who has scored four goals in his last five matches, spent five years with the Old Lady before moving to BVB in summer 2014, but will not need reminding that Germany's domestic cup competition remains his current employer's only realistic chance of silverware in 2015/16.

'We want to win the cup'

"If last Thursday hadn't happened, we'd still be well on course for a great season," Dortmund captain Mats Hummels told dfb.de in reference to last week's agonising defeat to Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool FC in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League. "So it's no surprise that we want to reach the DFB Cup final on Wednesday. We want to win the cup as it's our last remaining chance this season. We want to return to Berlin this season."

Dortmund head to the capital for the next chapter of their DFB Cup assignment fresh from a morale-boosting 3-0 victory over Hamburger SV in which Ramos netted twice. The win was the perfect remedy for their Liverpool heartache, even if they remain some seven points adrift of Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München with only four rounds of fixtures remaining.

"We dominated the game for the most part," recalled Hummels. "It was evenly matched at the beginning and we were somewhat unsteady, but that's understandable when you make eight changes to the starting line-up. I think we set ourselves up well and had a good mentality. We were also clinical in the first half. For that reason, we can be satisfied."

Christian Pulisic scored his first Bundesliga goal at the weekend

'We're going to win on penalties'

Satisfaction has been virtually guaranteed whenever Dortmund have played this season, especially in 2016. Thomas Tuchel's men have only lost once since the turn of the year - to Liverpool - and have been equally dominant in the DFB Cup, scoring a competition-high 14 goals and conceding just three in victories over Chemnitzer FC, SC Paderborn 07, FC Augsburg and VfB Stuttgart en route to the last four.

Hertha's path to a first DFB Cup semi-final appearance since 1980/81 has not been quite as straightforward. Pal Dardai's men needed extra-time to see off FSV Frankfurt 1899 in Round Two and scraped past 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 at the quarter-final stage. Domestically, they occupy the final UEFA Champions League qualifying berth, but are winless in three.

"We need to be mentally fresh," Dardai said. "The players have put the defeat to Hoffenheim behind them - they're really up for it like the entire city is. I always dreamed of reaching the final here in Berlin as a player, but now the belief is there. Dortmund are still favourites, but I've convinced myself we're going to win 5-4 on penalties. Everyone's allowed to dream."

Salomon Kalou will provide Hertha's main threat in front of goal

Possible line-ups

Hertha: Jarstein - Weiser, Stark, Brooks, Plattenhardt - Skjelbred, Lustenberger (c) - Haraguchi, Darida, Kalou - Ibisevic

Absentees: Allagui (light training), Kurt (muscular)

Coach: Pal Dardai

Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels (c), Schmelzer - Weigl, Castro - Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Reus - Ramos

Absentees: Aubameyang (toe), Subotic (arm)

Coach: Thomas Tuchel