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The 2015 DFB-Pokal Final decided the winner of the 2014–15 DFB-Pokal, the 72nd season of Germany's premier football cup. It was played on 30 May 2015 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

2015 DFB-Pokal Final
2015 DFB-Pokal Final programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event2014–15 DFB-Pokal
Date30 May 2015 (2015-05-30)
VenueOlympiastadion, Berlin
RefereeFelix Brych (Munich)[1]
Attendance75,815
WeatherPartly cloudy
13 °C (55 °F)
46% humidity[2]
2014
2016

Borussia Dortmund, runners-up in the previous final, faced VfL Wolfsburg, who won the game 3–1 to capture their first title, with all four goals in the first half.[3][4][5][6]

As winners, they played against Bayern Munich, champions of the 2014–15 Bundesliga, in the 2015 DFL-Supercup, winning in a penalty shootout. Wolfsburg also qualified for the group stage of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League; this was the first season in which the cup runner-up would not have qualified for the Europa League if the cup winner had qualified for the UEFA Champions League via their league position.[7]

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BackgroundEdit

It was Dortmund's seventh final and they have a record of three victories (most recently against Bayern in 2012) and three defeats (most recently against the same opponents two years later). Wolfsburg's only prior appearance was in 1995, losing 0–3 to Borussia Mönchengladbach.[8] Wolfsburg midfielder Junior Malanda died in a car accident in January 2015. In his honour, they wore shirts with his squad number 19 within a heart.[9]

The game was Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp's final match, after seven years in charge of the team.[10]

Route to the finalEdit

The DFB-Pokal began with 64 teams in a single-elimination knockout cup competition. There were a total of five rounds leading up to the final. Teams were drawn against each other, and the winner after 90 minutes would advance. If still tied, 30 minutes of extra time was played. If the score was still level, a penalty shoot-out was used to determine the winner.[11]

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

Borussia Dortmund Round VfL Wolfsburg
Opponent Result 2014–15 DFB-Pokal Opponent Result
Stuttgarter Kickers (A) 4–1 First round Darmstadt 98 (A) 0–0 (a.e.t.) (5–4 p)
FC St. Pauli (A) 3–0 Second round 1. FC Heidenheim (H) 4–1
Dynamo Dresden (A) 2–0 Round of 16 RB Leipzig (A) 2–0
1899 Hoffenheim (H) 3–2 (a.e.t.) Quarter-finals SC Freiburg (H) 1–0
Bayern Munich (A) 1–1 (a.e.t.) (2–0 p) Semi-finals Arminia Bielefeld (A) 4–0

Borussia DortmundEdit

 
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored four goals in Dortmund's run to the final, including their equaliser in the semi-finals

Borussia Dortmund, of the Bundesliga, started the tournament in the first round on 17 August 2014, playing away at 3. Liga club Stuttgarter Kickers, and winning 4–1 with goals by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2) and Adrián Ramos.[12] On 28 October, they played the second round away at FC St. Pauli of the 2. Bundesliga, winning 3–0 with goals from Ciro Immobile, Marco Reus and Shinji Kagawa.[13] The third round on 3 March 2015 again had Dortmund travel, to third-tier Dynamo Dresden, where they won 2–0 from two goals by Immobile in the second half, after losing Reus to injury in the first half.[14]

Dortmund's first home fixture of the tournament came in the quarter-finals on 7 April, against their first top-flight opponent, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. They gained the lead when defender Neven Subotić volleyed from a corner kick, but two minutes Kevin Volland equalised with his own volley. Shortly afterwards, Subotić's defensive error allowed Roberto Firmino to put Hoffenheim into the lead. In the second half, Aubameyang equalised for Dortmund, heading in Erik Durm's cross. The game went to extra time, in which Sebastian Kehl scored a long-range volleyed winner for Dortmund.[15] On 28 April, Dortmund went to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals, a repeat of the last season's final. The hosts took the lead through Robert Lewandowski, whom they had signed from Dortmund in the summer, but Dortmund equalised with 15 minutes to play, Aubameyang finishing Mkhitaryan's cross. The game went to a penalty shootout, in which all four Bayern takers including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer missed, but Dortmund's İlkay Gündoğan and Kehl scored.[16]

VfL WolfsburgEdit

VfL Wolfsburg, also of the Bundesliga, began in the first round away to 2. Bundesliga club SV Darmstadt 98 on 17 August. After a goalless draw, they won on penalties: Naldo missed their first attempt, but Maurice Exslager and Milan Ivana missed for the hosts. They then hosted a 4–1 win over second-tier 1. FC Heidenheim in the second round: despite conceding Marc Schnatterer's opener for the visitors, they replied with goals by Daniel Caligiuri, Bas Dost and Luiz Gustavo (2). In the third round on 4 March, they travelled to the Red Bull Arena where they defeated 2. Bundesliga club RB Leipzig 2–0, with a goal in either half from Caligiuri and Timm Klose.

In the quarter-finals on 7 April, Wolfsburg hosted their first top-flight opponent, SC Freiburg. In the second half, Caligiuri was fouled by Julian Schuster for a penalty, which Ricardo Rodríguez converted past Roman Bürki for the only goal of the game.[15] They played away to third-tier DSC Arminia Bielefeld in the semi-finals 22 days later. Wolfsburg won 4–0, with two goals by Maximilian Arnold and further strikes by Luiz Gustavo and Ivan Perišić.[10]

MatchEdit

DetailsEdit

Borussia Dortmund1–3VfL Wolfsburg
Aubameyang   5' Report
Attendance: 75,815
Referee: Felix Brych (Munich)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Borussia Dortmund
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VfL Wolfsburg
GK 22   Mitchell Langerak
RB 37   Erik Durm   68'
CB 4   Neven Subotić
CB 15   Mats Hummels (c)
LB 29   Marcel Schmelzer   84'
CM 5   Sebastian Kehl   68'
CM 8   İlkay Gündoğan
RW 10   Henrikh Mkhitaryan   61'
AM 7   Shinji Kagawa
LW 11   Marco Reus   79'
CF 17   Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Substitutes:
GK 1   Roman Weidenfeller
DF 25   Sokratis Papastathopoulos
DF 26   Łukasz Piszczek   68'
DF 28   Matthias Ginter
MF 6   Sven Bender
MF 16   Jakub Błaszczykowski   68'
FW 9   Ciro Immobile   79'
Manager:
  Jürgen Klopp
 
GK 1   Diego Benaglio (c)
RB 8   Vieirinha   90+3'
CB 5   Timm Klose
CB 25   Naldo
LB 34   Ricardo Rodríguez
CM 27   Maximilian Arnold   81'
CM 22   Luiz Gustavo
RW 7   Daniel Caligiuri   85'
AM 14   Kevin De Bruyne   88'
LW 9   Ivan Perišić   74'
CF 12   Bas Dost
Substitutes:
GK 20   Max Grün
DF 4   Marcel Schäfer
DF 15   Christian Träsch   85'
DF 31   Robin Knoche
MF 17   André Schürrle   81'
MF 23   Josuha Guilavogui   74'
FW 3   Nicklas Bendtner
Manager:
  Dieter Hecking

Assistant referees:[1]
Mark Borsch (Mönchengladbach)
Stefan Lupp (Zossen)
Fourth official:[1]
Robert Hartmann (Wangen im Allgäu)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Weather History for Berlin Tegel, DE". Weather Underground. The Weather Company. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Erstmals Sieger: Wolfsburg gewinnt 72. DFB-Pokalfinale gegen BVB". dfb.de. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
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  5. ^ "Wolfsburg beat Borussia Dortmund to take DFB Pokal glory". ESPN. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Wolfsburg break cup duck, dashing Klopp hopes". UEFA.com. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Strategic talks in Dubrovnik". UEFA. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  8. ^ "(West) Germany - List of Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Wolfsburg make Junior Malanda tribute ahead of Dortmund final". BBC Sport. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  10. ^ a b "DSC Arminia Bielefeld 0-4 VfL Wolfsburg". BBC Sport. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Modus" [Mode]. DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Stuttgarter Kickers 1-4 Borussia Dortmund: Reus & Subotic return in cup cruise". Goal.com. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  13. ^ "St. Pauli 0-3 Borussia Dortmund: Kagawa, Immobile and Reus send Klopp's men through". Goal.com. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Dynamo Dresden 0-2 Borussia Dortmund: Reus injury mars cup win". Goal.com. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  15. ^ a b Leslie, André (7 April 2015). "Borussia Dortmund beat Hoffenheim in German Cup thriller". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Bayern Mun 1-1 Bor Dortmd". BBC Sport. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015.

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