BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund will face Bayern Munich in the German Cup final on May 21 after their comprehensive 3-0 semi-final win at Hertha Berlin on Wednesday.
A first-half goal by Gonzalo Castro, plus late second-half strikes from midfielders Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sealed a deserved win for Dortmund at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, the venue for the final.
“I am very happy with the manner and vein of the victory,” said Tuchel. “I need to pay the team a really fat compliment. We deserved the win.”
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Munich’s 2-0 win over Werder Bremen on Tuesday means Germany’s top two teams will meet again when Dortmund play Bayern in a repeat of the 2012 and 2014 Cup finals.
“The joy at reaching the final is huge. That will again be an interesting game,” said Reus ahead of their showdown with Bayern.
Dortmund dominated the match from start to finish to deny Hertha their dream of a first cup final appearance since 1993.
Nearly 23 years ago, their reserve team made a shock run to the final where they lost to Bayer Leverkusen.
It remains the only time a reserve team has managed the feat in Germany and it has been 37 years since Hertha’s first team last reached the final.
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“We had a chance today and my team played to their limits,” said Hertha coach Pal Dardai.
“At the end of the day, you have to say Dortmund were too quick for us, you could feel something was missing.”
Dortmund will hope for a repeat of their impressive 5-2 win over Bayern in the 2012 final when striker Robert Lewandowski netted a hat-trick against his future employers.
But Munich then claimed revenge two years ago with a 2-0 extra-time win in the 2014 final.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2016.
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