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Borussia Dortmund's luck against Bayern finally turns

Borussia Dortmund has played second fiddle to Bayern Munich on and off the field so often in recent years that one victory was cause for major celebration. Its 3-2 win on Wednesday in the German Cup semifinals was special.

In 2016, Dortmund finished second to Bayern -- by 10 points -- in the Bundesliga, lost to Bayern -- on penalty kicks -- in the German Cup final and lost to -- yes -- Bayern in the German Super Cup.

Dortmund's record is three second-place Bundesliga finishes behind Bayern in the last four seasons and three straight runner-up finishes (twice to Bayern) in the German Cup.

Its German Cup win came less than three weeks after Bayern beat Dortmund, 4-1, at the Allianz Arena in the Bundesliga.

Bayern looked to be cruising to another win on Wednesday night, leading 2-1 at halftime with an overwhelming edge in possession. But it paid a price for missed chances by Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben.

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 winner himself five minutes later.

Christian Pulisic came on for the last 10 minutes and helped preserve the win that moves Dortmund into the final May 27 in Berlin against Timmy Chandler's Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti said his team had only itself to blame for the defeat.

"We had many chances to decide the game," he said. "We missed out on making it 3-1 and that was our mistake."

Thomas Tuchel said the game changed when an open Robben missed on a chance to make it 3-1, watching as his shot was deflected off the post and crossbar by Sven Bender.

"We then had enormous luck after the break when Bender prevented Robben from scoring Bayern's third," he said. "We would have lost the game had that gone in. We then scored two great goals and held on. We had the little bit of luck that's necessary when you come here. You could even say a lot of luck, but you need it here. This win is huge for the team's confidence and development."
4 comments about "Borussia Dortmund's luck against Bayern finally turns".
  1. ROBERT BOND, April 27, 2017 at 9:44 a.m.

    need to stop using the old timers, time to restock younger-including the manager.......

  2. Rusty Welch, April 27, 2017 at 12:04 p.m.

    I think we'll have to wait a couple more years to properly evaluate Tuchel - after only 2 years there, and with Dembele, Pulisic, Passlack, Larsen, Burnic, Mor and Isak all teenagers, the next couple of years will see how he develops these guys.
    I am not sure why Pulisic isn't starting though, as he looks like the better option when he's in!

  3. Nick Daverese, April 28, 2017 at 1:53 a.m.

    Lastime I saw a game at the Olympiastadion in Berlin I saw Dortmund beat Bayen Munich. Germans have a tendency not to destroy every building built by the Nazi's. Like near the entrance that separated East Germany from West Germany on the West German side is a building that used to be the home of Gestapo Head quarters it was never hit in WW2. They took down the Swatstika and use it for something else. But I am an an old American so I am around a lot of old Germans. They like to be around those places perhaps to relive the old days when they were boys :)

  4. Craig Cummings, April 30, 2017 at 10:58 p.m.

    Great read nick. I was in Berlin in 1980 under communist control I will remember my trip forever. I did not see stadium in berlin but did see Olympic stadium in munich.

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