It was not the happy ending that Borussia Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp would have dreamed of after his side was defeated 3-1 by VfL Wolfsburg in the DFB Pokal final.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring five minutes before Marco Reus came close to a second thirteen minutes later, Wolfsburg took control from there with goals from; Luiz Gustavo, Kevin de Bruyne and Bas Dost in quick succession completely turned the tie around. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and goal-scorer Aubameyang tried to ignite a comeback in the second-half but it wasn’t enough to prevent Wolfsburg winning their first DFB Pokal title in the club's history.
Dortmund got off to a great start when they took the lead six minutes in, Shinji Kagawa curled an excellent ball into the area which found Aubameyang who was onside and he hit an excellent volley past Diego Benaglio into the net to open the scoring.
Wolfsburg would have been level only a minute later if not for an excellent save from Mitchell Langerak, Bas Dost teed it up for Perisic who hit a low shot towards goal but the keeper did brilliantly to push it wide to safety. Reus came very close to getting Dortmund’s second when Kagawa again broke behind the Wolfsburg defence and hit another curled ball into the oncoming Reus but the German forward blazed it over.
Reus will have regretted not taking his opportunity when Wolfsburg levelled things up in the 23rd minute, de Bruyne teed up Naldo for a free-kick from 30 yards, whose blistering effort could only be parried by Langerak into the path of Gustavo who smashed it into the bottom corner.
Ten minutes later they took the lead in spectacular fashion, de Bruyne picked up the ball quite a distance from goal but that didn’t faze the Belgian who hit a low, curling effort out of reach of the keeper right into the bottom corner. Four minutes later they got a third and completely turned the game on its head, it was a poor defensive display from Dortmund allowing Ivan Perisic to get down the wing before crossing it over to Dost who was free at the back post and headed home with ease.
They carried their dominance into the second period when de Bruyne played in Daniel Caligiuri with his shot producing yet another good save from Langerak.
Kagawa came agonisingly close to getting one back for Dortmund in the 50th minute, Reus played a dangerous ball across the goal and the creative midfielder managed to get a toe to it but the touch sent it fizzing wide.
Dortmund were lucky to not concede a fourth when Bas Dost was put through on-goal and his shot beat the keeper but luckily Erik Durm was there to block the effort. Mkhitaryan had Dortmund’s best chance of the second period entering the final twenty minutes of the match when he found room in the penalty area but his low shot was well saved by Benaglio.
Dortmund continued to push for a comeback entering the final minutes and Aubameyang came close to get his second but his goal-bound header in the 83rd minute was cleared off the line by Naldo. The striker came close again four minutes later but his free-kick was tipped over the bar.
It was not the send-off that Klopp would have been hoping for in his final game after seven years at the helm of Dortmund but despite that the fans will never forget what he has done the club over his tenure. Wolfsburg on the other hand will be ecstatic with their victory and it is the icing on the cake to what has been an excellent season at the Volkswagen Arena, where they've qualified for the UEFA Champions League.