Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s sublime penalty proved the difference as Borussia Dortmund ended a run of three successive defeats in DFB-Pokal finals by seeing off a stoic Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1, in what could be Thomas Tuchel’s last game as head coach.
Uncertainty remains over Tuchel’s future at Signal Iduna Park amid rumours of a fall-out with the club’s board, though should Saturday’s clash indeed prove the end of tenure then Dortmund at least ensured he will leave on a high.
Ousmane Dembele’s superbly taken early goal looked to have set the tone for a Dortmund procession at Berlin’s Olympiastadion, only for Ante Rebic to restore parity just before the half-hour mark.
Haris Seferovic’s strike seemed destined to put Frankfurt ahead prior to the interval, the woodwork coming to Dortmund’s rescue with Roman Burki well beaten.
And Frankfurt were made to pay for failing to make their dominance pay when Aubameyang – widely linked with a move away from Dortmund in the close-season – lofted in a magnificent finish from the spot after Lukas Hradecky’s foul on substitute Christian Pulisic.
Aubameyang was just a post’s width from doubling his tally in the closing stages, but the miss mattered little as Dortmund saw off a late glut of Frankfurt pressure for a fourth DFB-Pokal triumph in total.
Culled from Soccerway