With its first DFB cup win, vfl wolfsburg is finally the new number two in german soccer and spoiled the farewell party of borussia dortmund’s coach jurgen klopp.
Dieter hecking stormed onto the pitch unleashed and cheered with his wolfsburg pros, jurgen klopp was left with only the role of the threatened congratulator. In saturday’s 3-1 (3:1) win at berlin’s sold-out olympiastadion, the german soccer runners-up gave BVB a lesson in effectiveness in a driving final. "I’m really proud of this team," said vfl manager klaus allofs, praising the coach: "this is dieter hecking’s work."
After an early 0:1 deficit through pierre-emerick aubameyang in the fifth minute, luiz gustavo (22.), kevin de bruyne (33.) and bas dost (38.) within 16 minutes the sheet. "I credit dieter hecking," said klopp, also of the vfl team: "for us, the defeat today was unnecessary."The greatest challenge in life is to deal with defeat. His mood was below average. Klopp must now leave BVB without the hoped-for victory party at borsigplatz in dortmund.
For wolfsburg, on the other hand, it is their biggest success since their championship triumph in 2009, and for hecking it is the first title in his coaching career.
In front of 75,815 spectators, things looked much better for the three-time cup winners from westphalia: after a somewhat nervous start, shinji kagawa crossed from the right into the penalty area, and aubameyang scored with a volley to make it 1:0. The BVB, cheered on by a clear majority of fans, controlled the match. Wolfsburg seemed almost inhibited, played too cautiously. Only with luck they did not fall further behind after 18 minutes: marco reus aimed after another kagawa-assist but far over the goal.
After an equalization of the wolfsburg it did not look actually. But then naldo took a free kick from around 25 yards out and hit the BVB goal. Mitch langerak, who had been able to distinguish himself in the seventh minute with a low shot from ivan perisic, loved the bouncing ball forward – in front of the fove of gustavo. The pulled off directly and equalized with his fourth goal in the DFB cup.
Also at the second goal of the "wolfe", langerak, who had been preferred by klopp to veteran roman weidenfeller, did not look good. From about 25 meters the outstanding de bruyne hammered the ball with a dropkick on goal – and scored. That’s not all, also because the dortmunder loved to preserve the vfl: on the right attacking side perisic easily prevailed against marcel schmelzer, in the center miscalculated neven subotic. Dost took advantage to make it 3:1.
It was above all the individual class of de bruyne, who repeatedly created danger against an often unprepared borussia defense. Nothing changed after the change of sides. His counterpart on the dortmund side, on the other hand, continued to disappoint. One day before his 26th birthday. On his 79th birthday, national team player reus was unable to make an impact, and klopp took him off in the 79th minute. Minute from the pitch.
Kagawa was much more active, but missed the next goal (50 minutes).) by centimeter. A shot from henrich mchitarjan (71.) vfl keeper diego benaglio parried without problems. With each of the now increasing attacking attempts of borussia opened up spaces for the wolfsburg to counterattack. Just like in the 65th minute. In the second minute, erik durm made a last-ditch effort to clear daniel caligiuri’s shot off the line for langerak, who was already beaten. BVB kept on trying, but there was one thing in particular that the klopp guards lacked this evening: the effectiveness of the new DFB cup winners.