Dortmund's Dembele stuns Bayern in cup semi

BVB were beaten 4-1 by their arch-rivals in the Bundesliga at the start of April, but Thomas Tuchel was confident in his pre-match media conference they would do better this time around.

The game lived up to its billing with both teams playing an attacking game and Dortmund avenging last year's Cup final defeat to Bayern.

French teenager Ousmane Dembele was no factor in the game until he set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the equalizer in the 69th minute and scored a brilliant victor himself five minutes later.

The match went into the break with Bayern having come from behind twice to be on the driving seat at 2-1.

" We knew we'd need luck, and it was smiling on us today, " he told the club's website.

Lahm is set to retire from football at the end of the season and, while the Bavarians are preparing to win the Bundesliga, there won't be a cup final to end his career on after this loss and their Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti's men are nine points clear with four games left, but have now gone five games without a win in all competitions.

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Ancelotti's job is not yet under threat, but his first season compares unfavourably with predecessor Pep Guardiola.

"When you look at the many chances we had to reach the final, you can sum things up that we negligently let things slip", said Hummels. "This is not a good moment, but we have to focus on the Bundesliga".

The Spanish international's lazy back pass was snapped up by Dortmund midfielder Raphael Guerreiro, whose snot hit the post and Reus drilled the rebound.

But the visitors carved out an unlikely equaliser when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, lurking at the far post, nodded in a ideal Dembele cross in the 69th.

Arjen Robben came close to making it 3-1 for the home side after 58 minutes but his left-footed curler hit the far right post.

"We wanted to reach the final, when we have a. lead, it should be hard to win against us", he insisted. We improved after the hour mark and displayed more courage.

Three-times winners Dortmund face Eintracht Frankfurt, who edged past Borussia Moenchengladbach on penalties on Tuesday, in the final in Berlin next month.

  • Regina Holmes