Bayern 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund shatters DFB Cup hopes
Borussia Dortmund played the game of their lives as they put together a masterful 3-2 victory to crush Bayern Munich’s dreams of winning their 19th DFB Pokal title. The matchup between these two Bundesliga powers has become quite the rivalry over the past few years. As both clubs are known for their high-powered offensive attacks, fans packed Allianz Arena on Wednesday April 26th, with hopes of seeing a shootout between these two German powers.
Dortmund’s Marco Reus put the “Black and Yellows” on the scoreboard first in the 19th minute of action. Ten minutes later, Bayern responded to the first punch as Javi Martinez placed a header right past the defense off a sweet corner kick from the seasoned veteran Xabi Alonso which put the score at an even playing field. This gave the Baverians some fire as they put together another intricate offensive sequence ending in a Mats Hummels rocket putting Bayern up 2-1 heading into intermission.
As play continued, Dortmund settled the score at 2-2 in the 69th minute as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found the back of the net off a beautiful assist from Ousmane Dembele. With the momentum in Dortmund’s favor, Bayern knew they had to turn their defense into offense and try to make a last run at the goal before the clock expired. Unfortunately, Ousmane Dembele broke free of the Bayern defense and fired a strike from deep that torched the net and gave Borussia Dortmund a 3-2 in the 74th minute. Bayern tried to scramble around a find an opening for the equalizer, but the buzzer sounded and Dortmund advanced onto the DFB Cup final vs Eintracht Frankfurt.
Bayern romps Vfl Wolfsburg 6-0 to clinch their 5th consecutive Bundesliga Title
When it comes to winning championships and adding to their legacy, Bayern Munich always strives to rise to the occasion, and Saturday was no different. Bayern put their foot on the gas and never let up as they trashed Vfl Wolfsburg 6-0 to clinch their 27th German league title and 5th consecutive Bundesliga title. Bayern’s offense was clicking on all cylinders as they saw two goals from Robert Lewandowski and one goal a piece from David Alaba, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich. Bayern Manager Carlo Ancelotti was ecstatic on how his club performed and felt they deserved every bit of celebration.
“This Bundesliga season has been a fantastic experience,” says Ancelotti. “The team has done a great job. We deserved this title and now it’s time to celebrate!”
Ancelotti put himself into the record books as well with his team’s victory. Ancelotti has become the first manager in history to become champion in four of the five top-flight leagues. Before joining Bayern, Ancelotti was manager for the elite clubs AC Milan, Paris St. Germain and Chelsea. Noticing Ancelotti’s winning ways, Bayern CEO Karl Rummenigge has nothing but his praise for the successful manager.
“Carlo is a fantastic, experienced coach. He’s done a great job this year, otherwise we wouldn’t have left the pitch as champions with three games to spare. We have a coach who we fully trust.”
Buzz Around the Baverians:
Coman and Thiago are here to stay
Originally, Kingsley Coman’s option to stay in Bayern was slated to go until the end of April, but head officials thought otherwise. Bayern Munich has exercised their option to sign Coman and extended his time with the team until 2020.
“Kingsley Coman is a crucial player for the future of our team, so we’ve decided to exercise the option,” quotes CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “Kingsley is a promising player with great potential. We’re convinced he’ll help us in the coming years.”
Following the extension of Coman, Bayern has agreed to sign Thiago to a new deal lasting until 2021. Thiago is arguably one of the game’s best mid-fielders and it was essential that Bayern secure him to keep their future bright.
“My family and I feel at home in Munich. Everything is going well here, and I want to win a lot of trophies here with FC Bayern in the future,” says Thiago.
Next Fixture: May 6th vs SV Darmstadt 9:30 am