Aubameyang seals DFB-Pokal win for Dortmund

Gabriel Jesus admits ‘drop’ in form

Borussia Dortmund were crowned DFB-Pokal champions with their 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on Saturday.

  • Eintracht Frankfurt 1 Borussia Dortmund 2
  • Dembele on target on eight minutes
  • Rebi levels on 29′
  • Aubameyang on target from the spot on 67′

Match summary

Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring in this tie on just eight minutes, ahead of a 29th minute equaliser from Ante Rebi.

But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won it for Dortmund when he netted from the spot on 67 minutes in a match where the ball hit the post three times.

Full report

It was all Dortmund in the opening exchanges as Dembele gave the seasoned cup finalises an early lead. He did well to beat his marker before firing home from close range into the top right-hand corner, having picked up a good pass from Lukasz Piszczek.

Frankfurt looked to be spurned on by their early set-back and began to spread the ball around while looking to attack on the counter.

Aubameyang’s first shot on 25 minutes was harmlessly deflected off target, as Frankfurt made the most of an attack on 29 minutes as Mijat Gacinovic played a through ball for Rebic, who placed his shot past a despairing Roman Burki in the Dortmund goal.

Die Adler then nearly took the lead as Haris Seferovic hit a post after a good turn and one-two with Rebic on the edge of the area.

There were a couple of Dortmund changes at the start of the second half as Marcel Schmelzer was replaced by Gonzalo Castro as Christian Pulisic came on for an injured Marco Reus.

BVB were electric at the start of the second period as Shinji Kagawa beat goalkeeper Lucas Hradecky but not David Abraham on the goalline.

And while Frankfurt briefly threatened, Dortmund appeared to be taking increasing control of the tie, as Dembele beat two defenders before chipping the ball to Aubameyang, whose overhead kick was cleared off the line.

But Dortmund were soon in the lead as Aubameyang scored from the penalty spot in 67 minutes after Pulisic was fouled by Hradecky.

Burki made some comfortable saves as Frankfurt looked for an equaliser while Alexander Meier had a good shot deflected wide with the match winding down.

And Aubameyang raced onto a long ball forward but could only fire his curling against a post in what proved to be the last chance of this massively entertaining tie.

This victory is Dortmund’s first Pokal win since the 2011–12 season, having been runners-up in 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2016.