July 19, 2019

Last Stand for Dortmund


German soccer giants Borussia Dortmund give their fans something to smile about as they crush Bayern Munich’s hope of a treble by beating them on penalties to secure passage to the final against either Wolfsburg or second string side Arminia Bielefeld.

The match between Germany’s biggest soccer archrivals of the modern era occurred last night as the rainy conditions continued to dominate as Bayern and Dortmund fought for a spot in the final of the Deutscher-Pokal which is the German equivalent of the league cup.
For Borussia Dortmund it was an emotion laden match as their inspirational coach Jürgen Klopp is leaving at the end of the season and winning the cup would be a welcome consolation as they have had a disastrous season where the highest they have ranked is 9th.This is understandably below par for a team that was in the Champions league final less than 4 years ago. Bayern were in sparkling form after winning the Bundesliga on Saturday after a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin. Both teams definitely had to keep their pride intact as their supporters are among the most passionate in the world.
The game was played at a frantic pace and the first goal was scored somewhat ironically by former Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski in the 29th minute. Despite the early setback Dortmund clawed back into the game and eventually Gabonese forward Pierre Emerick Aubemayung scored an equalizer in the 75th minute. Tensions flared as Dortmund’s Kevin Kampl got sent off in the 83rd minute due to indiscipline. Dortmund managed to hang on to full time and also through the extra time period as Bayern hit the post through Schweinstiger. Eventually, penalties had to used to decide the match.
The playing surface was wet and this seemed to affect Bayern captain Phillip Lahm and Mario Götze as they slipped while hitting their penalties. Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer hit his penalty against the post. For Dortmund, Veteran midfielder Sebastian Kehl and his teammate Ilkay Gundogan were on target as they converted the penalties much to the delight of the voracious Borussia Dortmund support.

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