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Bayern Munich Beat Dortmund 4-3 On Penalties To Lift German Cup

Photo Courtesy: Twitter - @FCBayernEN

Photo Courtesy: Twitter – @FCBayernEN

ended the 2015-2016 season with the domestic double after beating 4-3 on penalties at outsold Berlin’s Olympic stadium here on Saturday.

The German giants ensured a worthy send-off for their coach Josep Guardiola, who leaves the club after three years to join Premier League side , as , Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Mueller and converted their penalties in the shootout to wrap up the 11th domestic double of the club’ s history.

Meanwhile, runners-up Dortmund ended their campaign without a title after suffering the third consecutive loss in the German Cup final.

From the kick-off both sides were focused to make no mistakes, which could possibly cost the title. As a result, goal-scoring opportunities remained a rare occurrence in the opening period. Things changed with 22 minutes into the game as Thomas Mueller’s header came close before Douglas Costas tested Dortmund custodian Roman Buerki with a long-range effort.

Dortmund were still in search for their rhythm, which is why ’s men had to wait until the 43rd minute before Sven Bender worked out the first chance after pulling his volley wide from inside the box.

After the restart, both teams piled on the pressure yet it were the “Bavarians” who set the tone as Franck Ribery, Costa, Lewandowski and Philipp Lahm kept Dortmund goalkeeper Buerki busy. Dortmund tried to respond but neither nor were able to make the most of their chances at the hour mark.

In the extra time, Lewandowski came close to break the deadlock but Erik Durm’s last minute tackle maintained parity. Bayern created the next threatening opportunity through Alaba, whose shot on target was saved by Buerki. Thus, after goalless 120 minutes the penalty shootout had to bring the decision.

Bayern youngster Joshua Kimmich squandered the only penalty for the German giants while Manuel Neuer denied Dortmund’s Sven Bender before Sokratis Papastathopoulos rattled the left post to seal Bayern’s 18th German Cup title as Costa converted the fourth and final shot from the spot.

“Everything can happen in the penalty shootout. Nevertheless, we are happy that we overcame Dortmund in the end,” Josep Guardiola said. “I had three great years here and I wish the club all the best for the next years.”

“We did not show our best performance today. We failed to press Bayern into defense. There is room for improvement,” Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said.

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