Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 Borussia Dortmund: Daems stuns Schwarzgelben with last-gasp penalty
The 2013 Champions League runners-up missed a host of chances and were punished late on by a Roman Weidenfeller error, knocking them out of the Telekom Cup
By Keeghann Sinanan
The pre-season tournament - hosted by Gladbach - features games of two 30-minute halves, and is also contested by Bayern Munich and Hamburg - who will play in the other semi-final, also at Borussia-Park.
The match was lively throughout but seemed set to go to a penalty shootout after a series of near-misses from both teams left the game at a stalemate.
But with just one minute remaining, Roman Weidenfeller gave away a penalty by clipping Gladback forward Raffael in the area, from which capain Filip Daems converted to send the hosts into Sunday's showpiece.
Dortmund were without new acquisitions Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan due to illness and injury respectively but fellow signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos was handed a start in defence.
The match started brightly, with both sides having chances to score in the opening exchanges. Raffael sent a 20-yard effort whistling over the crossbar but Dortmund immediately replied with a Jonas Hofmann drive that stung the palms of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The Gladbach goalkeeper was called into action to make another solid save near the quarter-hour mark to thwart Marco Reus, who had broken past the defence for a one-on-one.
Dortmund were beginning to assert themselves but were met with stern resistance in the form of Ter Stegen, while Gladbach themselves did not seem shy to try their luck going forward, with new signing Raffael looking comfortable throughout.
But the match began to descend into a monotonous tempo as the first half petered out. And the second period looked set to follow the same dull tone, with both teams struggling to regain their stride.
However, Dortmund began to pounce on a few nervy moments from the Gladbach defence. Ter Stegen, so assured in the first half, rashly charged out of his area and was robbed of the ball by Julian Schieber but recovered in time to get rid of the ball.
Ter Stegen had to remain alert to stop Nuri Sahin with a strong save, before Schieber was again denied, this time by Roel Brouwers’s desperate block.
But amid a sea of BVB chances, Raffael nearly stole the game for the hosts with six minutes remaining, latching onto Max Kruse’s through balland attempting a lob over Weidenfeller, who was wise to the effort and rushed off his line to smother.
And Reus went even closer to snatching a winner at the other end moments later when his tricky clip seemed to be angling towards the top corner, but Ter Stegen did fantastically to push the shot onto the crossbar.
With 20 seconds to go, though, a horrendous moment of hesitation from Weidenfeller saw him robbed of the ball by Raffael, which in turn forced him to challenge the midfielder and concede a penalty.
Daems made no mistake from the spot, thumping the ball into the top corner to send the hosts into the Telekom Cup final.
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