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Bayern land German Cup in Guardiola farewell

Bayern land German Cup in Guardiola farewell

“I had to win, win, win from the start and had the support of many great people. I am satisfied to be leaving with such a game,” the Spaniard said.

Bayern striker Thomas Mueller added: “It was an intense game. Penalties are always a horrific way to decide a game, but I think we deserved to win today.”

It was also an emotional evening for Mats Hummels, too. The Dortmund captain will move to Bayern this summer, having now lost his third successive German Cup final.

“It is obviously bitter to come that close every time and fail,” Hummels said. “We fought a good battle and we are very disappointed. For me, my time at Dortmund was unforgettable and I will miss them all.”

Dortmund, who last won the cup in 2012, lost to VfL Wolfsburg last year.

“It’s extremely bitter, to lose that way,” Buerki said of the shootout. “We fought and tried everything.”

Both sides missed chances to win before the shootout in what was a tense encounter contested to the limits of the players’ endurance, though Buerki was by far the busier goalkeeper.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a great chance to win it for Dortmund with five minutes remaining when he blazed over from close range on a counterattack, while Robert Lewandowski had come closest for Bayern.

“We had huge chances in the 120 minutes to score the decisive goal,” said Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, who was very critical of his side’s performance. “It was very hard to find five good penalty-takers.”

Hummels had to go off with more than 10 minutes remaining in regular time in his last game for the club.

“He asked to be taken off,” Tuchel said. Asked about Hummels’ performance, he replied, “He can be better.”

Courtesy : Dawn News



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