Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty gave Borussia Dortmund their fourth DFB Cup win in a gripping final against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund, keen to put memories of three consecutive final defeats behind them, came out of the blocks strongly and were soon ahead, with Ousmane Dembele cutting in off the right before lifting the ball high into the net with his left foot for a fine individual goal. The Eagles steadied themselves and eventually levelled through Ante Rebic, who soon after forcing a save out of Roman Bürki went one-on-one with the Dortmund keeper before guiding the ball around him into the net. Haris Seferovic hit the base of the post as Niko Kovac's side ended the half strongly.
Quiet in the first half, Aubameyang took centre stage after the break. He was unlucky to see a brilliant scissor-kick cleared off the line and away off the crossbar by Marco Fabian, but he made no mistake when substitute Christian Pulisic was hauled down by Lukas Hradecky for a penalty. The 2016/17 Bundesliga campaign's top scorer stayed cool and delicately chipped the ball straight down the middle to restore Dortmund’s lead. He clipped the post in the dying minutes, while Sokratis came close to turning the ball into his own net as Frankfurt desperately searched for an equaliser. It was not to be, however, as Dortmund claimed a stirring victory.
After three galling defeats in the final in as many years, Dortmund’s youngsters showed they could perform on the big stage when it really mattered. Thomas Tuchel’s bold half-time substitutions paid off, with Pulisic in particular helping transform his team’s fortunes after the break.
- Aubameyang's goal was his 40th of the season in all competitions, and his 12th in the cup since he joined BVB.Dembele's goal was Dortmund's 250th in all competitions under Tuchel.As a result of Dortmund's win, Hertha Berlin will qualify for the group stages of next season's UEFA Europa League. Freiburg, who finished seventh in the Bundesliga, will enter the third qualifying round.
Frankfurt: Hradecky - Vallejo, Abraham, Ozcipka - Chandler (Meier 72'), Hector, Gacinovic, Medojevic (Tawatha 56')- Fabian (Blum 79'), Rebic - Seferovic
Coach: Niko Kovac
Dortmund: Bürki - Ginter, Sokratis, Bartra (Durm 75') - Piszczek, Guerreiro, Schmelzer (Castro h-t) - Dembele, Kagawa - Aubameyang, Reus (Pulisic h-t)
Coach: Thomas Tuchel