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Out-of-sorts FCB downed by effective BVB

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Out-of-sorts FCB downed by effective BVB

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat May 12, 2012 9:10 pm

Poland hitman Robert Lewandowski hit a hat-trick on a black day for out-of-sorts Bayern as Borussia Dortmund completed the first domestic double in their history with a 5-2 DFB Cup final victory.

The 75,708 capacity crowd at the venerable Olympic Stadium in Berlin saw Premier League-bound Shinji Kagawa open the scoring after just three minutes, but Arjen Robben buried a few ghosts from the league season with a 25th-minute penalty equaliser.

Mats Hummels restored Dortmund's lead with the second penalty of the match and Lewandowski made it 3-1 in a disastrous run-up to the break for Jupp Heynckes' men, the on-fire Pole adding his side's fourth just before the hour. Bayern never gave up and Franck Ribery pulled one back with 15 minutes to go, but the game was finally up nine minutes from time when Lewandowski headed home Dortmund's fifth.

The only possible response for Heynckes and his men now is to clear their minds of the defeat as fast as possible and regroup in time for next Saturday's last shot at silverware this season, the Champions League final against Chelsea at the Allianz Arena a week from today.

Bayern supremo Heynckes made three changes to the team which beat FC Köln 4-1 on the last day of the Bundesliga season, turning to Holger Badstuber, David Alaba and Luiz Gustavo, the three men suspended for next week's Champions League final, in place of Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Diego Contento and Thomas Müller.

The starting line-up featured Manuel Neuer in goal, with Alaba, Badstuber, Jerome Boateng and captain Philipp Lahm in the back four. Bastian Schweinsteiger partnered Gustavo in central midfield, with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery on the flanks, and Toni Kroos in behind central striker Mario Gomez.

Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp fielded a formation familiar from the final few weeks of the league campaign, with Ilkay Gündogan preferred to fit-again Sven Bender alongside captain Sebastian Kehl, Japan sensation Shinji Kagawa in the hole, former FCB youth Mats Hummels at centre-back, and tricky wide man Mario Götze on the bench.

Once referee Peter Gagelmann whistled play underway on a sunny but unseasonably chilly evening in the German capital, FCB had already threatened twice before Kuba Blaszczykowski seized on a loose Gustavo pass and teed up Kagawa to stroke home the shock third-minute opener.

The men in red sought an immediate response and Gomez hared onto Robben's cunning pass, only to be bravely blocked by Roman Weidenfeller. The BVB keeper injured himself in making the save and needed lengthy treatment before continuing.

Boateng's superb long ball then released Robben for a run into the box, only for the Dutchman to drag his shot across the face of goal. But Munich were level after 25 minutes when Weidenfeller clearly tripped Gomez as the striker chased onto Schweinsteiger's fine pass, and Robben banished the bitter memory of his penalty miss at Signal Iduna Park in the league with a coolly-taken equaliser from the spot.

BVB were rattled for a spell, Gomez smashing a drive over the bar after a Neven Subotic error and Hummels blocking Lahm's shot on the line, before Weidenfeller signalled he could no longer continue and gave way to Aussie shot-stopper Mitch Langerak on the half-hour.

Langerak and Gomez soon made acquaintances in a shuddering collision reminiscent of the incident which put paid to Weidenfeller's evening, but disaster struck for FCB on 41 minutes when Boateng slipped and felled Blaszczykowski in the box. Neuer got a hand to Hummels' kick but the ball sneaked over the line to restore the champions' lead.

Worse was to come for Bayern in the first of five minutes of first-half stoppage time when livewire Kagawa split the FCB defence for Lewandowski to side-foot through Neuer's legs and make it 3-1 at the interval. Heynckes reacted and sent on Müller in place of Gustavo for the second half, and it was the striker's clearance which prompted Langerak into a suicidal dash from goal, only for Subotic to thwart Gomez in front of the empty net.

Gündogan curled a free-kick just wide of Neuer's goal, and although Bayern dominated possession after the restart, BVB were alarmingly dangerous on the break and moved 4-1 clear on 58 minutes when Kagawa and Kevin Großkreutz combined to release Lewandowski in space, the in-form Pole battering a shot past Neuer from barely 10 yards.

FCB took a few moments to recover from the shock and BVB came close to a fifth through Lewandowski, but there were signs of life from the men in red with 20 minutes to go, with Gomez unlucky to see his header crash off the bar and away to safety. Lahm, one of the Reds' best players on the night, lofted a drive over the bar, before Ribery handed his side a glimmer of hope with a fine thrust and finish after 75 minutes.

Munich dug deep and staged a brave rally, but Langerak gathered Ribery's next shot safely enough and Gomez steered a header wide, before Lewandowski completed his hat-trick and killed the match with a simple header from Lukasz Piszczek's chip nine minutes from time.

Live match report for by Chris Hamley
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