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 pre-season tournament
By Keeghann Sinanan
|Bet:||Returns:||Dortmund £13.30||Draw £50.00||Mönchengladbach £80.00|
|Bet:||Returns:||Dortmund £13.30||Draw £52.50||Mönchengladbach £80.00|
The pre-season tournament, hosted by Gladbach, features games of two 30-minute halves, and is also contested by Bayern Munich and Hamburg, who 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 by both teams left the game at a stalemate.
But with one minute remaining, Roman Weidenfeller gave away a penalty by clipping 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 through illness and injury, 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, and 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 in the game, 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 right at home.
But the match began to descend into a monotonous tempo as the first half petered out and for a time, 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 deny 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 great through pass to attempt 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 well to push the shot onto the crossbar.
However, with 20 seconds to go before the end of the game, an horrendous moment of hesitation from Weidenfeller saw him robbed of the ball by Raffael, which in turn forced him to challenge the midfielder, conceding a penalty.
And Daems made no mistake from the spot, burying high into the right side despite Weidenfeller's despairing dive, sending the hosts on their way to the Telekom Cup final.
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