Berlin - Wolfsburg lifted the 2015 DFB Cup thanks to a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in Berlin's Olympiastadion.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Dortmund a dream start, but Luiz Gustavo brought the Wolves back on terms before Kevin De Bruyne put Dieter Hecking's men in front. Bas Dost added a third before half-time, wrapping up victory for the Wolves and inflicting defeat on Jürgen Klopp in his final game as Dortmund coach.
Wolves bite back
Dortmund were quick out of the blocks and soon had an advantage with Shinji Kagawa's cross turned in expertly on the volley by Aubameyang. The Wolves seemed momentarily stunned by the setback, but Dieter Hecking's side recovered quickly and Ivan Perisic brought the very best out of BVB keeper Mitchell Langerak with a powerful shot.
Dortmund could have doubled their lead when Marco Reus lifted another Kagawa cross over the crossbar, but they would go on to rue that miss as Wolfsburg hit back, levelling five minutes later when Naldo's free-kick was only parried by Langerak and Gustavo was quicker than anybody to pounce on the loose ball and slot it past the Australian.
De Bruyne's goal and tribute
The game then transformed in the space of five minutes with first De Bruyne and then Dost putting the Wolves firmly in the driving seat. The Belgian netted a low, powerful shot from 20 yards out, kissing the memorial to the late Junior Malanda on his shirt as a tribute. Dost then capitalised on some slack defending to head in Perisic's cross as Neven Subotic could only watch.
Klopp could also only watch on from the touchline as his dreams of leaving die Schwarz-Gelben with a trophy gradually slipped away. Aubameyang tried to take matters into his own hands, but he lifted a shot over from six yards out as the first signs started to appear that it might not be Dortmund's day. When Kagawa stretched and poked his shot onto the outside of the post early in the second half, those fears deepened.
Sad Klopp farewell
There was not going to be a way back for Dortmund, whose fans continued to urge them on, but to no avail. Wolfsburg were increasingly in control of proceedings and they could have had a fourth when Daniel Caligiuri's placed shot beat Langerak, but not the fine block from Durm just behind his goalkeeper.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang both brought saves out of Diego Benaglio, but the story had already been written. Klopp's seven-year spell as Dortmund coach came to a losing end with Wolfsburg, who finished second in the Bundesliga, affirming their superiority over seventh-placed BVB. The North Rhine-Westphalia giants will now need to qualify for the UEFA Europa League next season, with FC Schalke 04 earning an automatic group stage berth.
Dortmund: Langerak – Durm (68' Blaszczykowski), Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer – Kehl (68' Piszczek), Gündogan – Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Reus – Aubameyang
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Vieirinha, Klose, Naldo, Rodriguez - Luiz Gustavo, Arnold (81' Schürrle) - Perisic (74' Guilavogui), De Bruyne, Caligiuri (85' Träsch) - Dost
Goals: 1-0 Aubameyang (5'), 1-1 Luiz Gustavo (22'), 1-2 De Bruyne (33'), 1-3 Dost (38')