In a surprising twist to the DFB-Pokal semis, Dortmund Borussia heads to the finals after Bayern Munich misses out on the penalty shootout.

Bayern had early control of the match, with them gaining the lead in the first half, after Robert Lewandowski scored the first point for the Bavarians. Lewandowski also nearly had his second goal of the night early in the second half after getting a pass from Juan Bernat, but hisw shot hit the crossbar instead.

Bayern controlled much of the game after the initial score. However, Dortmund managed to come back after winger Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a leveller in the 75th minute. From there, they went on to turn the pressure back to Bayern, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus forcing Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to do tight saves.

With regular play ending in a draw, the game went on to an extra 30 minutes. However, the two teams were already showing signs of tiredness, as there were no decisive advances towards the goal, Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger tried to create two openings for Bayern but to no avail.

In the penalty shootout, both Philipp Lahm and Xabi Aloonso slipped in their attempts for Bayern, while Manuel Neuer’s kick ended up hitting the crossbar. Mario Gotze had the closest to score, but Dortmund goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak was quick to save the shot.

Dortmund managed to sink in two of their three penalty shots courtesy of Ilkiay Gundogan and Sebastian Kehl.

The Bavarian also ended up with several of their players suffering injuries. Lwandowski suffered a concussion in the 116th minute, after he collided with Langerak. He was sent to a hospital after the match. Meanwhile, Arjen Robben limped out of the match, just 16 minutes after he went in. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola confirmed that Robben was injured and is set to get a diagnosis this Wednesday. Thiago Alcantara, whom Robben replaced, also had to go out after being knocked down.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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