Lewa, Robben wasteful as Bayern exit DFB Pokal in defeat to Dortmund
Bayern Munich, 18-time champions, were sensationally bundled out of the DFB Pokal with a 3-2 loss Wednesday to bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund in a tumultuous semifinal at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern recovered from the shock of Marco Reus' 19th-minute opener, taking command as both central defenders found the target. Javi Martinez equalised with a bullet header from a corner in the 28th minute before Mats Hummels stabbed home a superb finish four minutes before the break. However, Bayern will rue a host of missed chances, with Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben the biggest culprits. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang punished Bayern's profligacy by heading home an equaliser in the 69th minute, and Ousmane Dembele's clinical finish off the bar with 16 minutes remaining sent Dortmund to Berlin for their fourth consecutive DFB Pokal final.
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This was Bayern's first defeat in almost five years (28 games) in normal time in the competition. Bayern will badly rue a host of missed chances. Both Lewandowski and Robben will be tearing their hair out (well, one of them at least) wondering how Bayern managed to throw this game away. BVB have now sent Bayern out of this competition a record seven times over the years.
3 (out of 10) -- Carlo Ancelotti is down to just one possible trophy after looking good for a treble just eight days ago. He looked seriously down in the dumps after another knockout blow, and by removing Hummels from the fray, he inadvertently allowed Dortmund back in the game.
Player ratings (1-10, with 10 the best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Sven Ulreich, 6 -- Ulreich was rarely called into action apart from picking the ball out of the net three times.
DF David Alaba, 7 -- He recovered from a knee strain at the weekend. Particularly in the first half, his pace and energy caused problems in tandem with Franck Ribery down the potent Bayern left flank.
DF Mats Hummels, 9 -- After eight years of sterling service, the ex-BVB captain came back to haunt his former side with an exquisite, Lewy-like finish to fire Bayern ahead. His last-ditch tackle to deny Dembele an equaliser at 55 minutes was a thing of beauty. It was a huge surprise that Hummels was taken out with Bayern looking good at 2-1 and with no immediate danger emanating from the visitors. That soon changed, and Hummels could only watch from the sideline.
DF Javi Martinez, 6 -- Martinez was preferred to Jerome Boateng, possibly due to his unblemished cup record. Bayern's record signing had won all 16 cup games prior to Wednesday. His horrible back pass gifted the visitors the lead, but he repaired the damage by equalising nine minutes later with a firm header from a corner. He saw another header rattle the crossbar as Bayern took command.
DF Philipp Lahm, 6 -- Lahm uncharacteristically gave the ball away for the Dortmund winner, which is a tad unfortunate, as he had been brilliant up to that point. Cherish him while you can: Lahm the legend has a maximum four games left in his career after Wednesday.
MF Xabi Alonso, 6 -- He stroked the ball around midfield with aloof precision, as evidenced by an exquisite raking pass to Ribery, who fed Hummels for the 2-1 lead. Replaced by Thomas Muller as Bayern pressed for an equaliser, Alonso's last act was a booking for a dive in the penalty area. Enjoy him while you can: Much like Lahm, El Legendario Alonso has just four Bundesliga games to stroll through.
MF Arturo Vidal, 7 -- He showed his combative qualities as Bayern came from behind. He will wonder how he finished on the losing side.
MF Thiago, 7 -- He played well for long periods, but as Bayern chased an equaliser in the dying minutes, Thiago will perhaps be remembered best for his late free kick, which went straight out of play when he was simply trying to pass to Lahm.
MF Franck Ribery, 7 -- His was a wonderful first-half display, winding his way through the BVB defence to test Roman Burki at 12 minutes. Brimming with confidence, the Frenchman cleverly set up Hummels with a slide-rule pass to put Bayern up 2-1. He faded slightly in the second half and would have envisaged a vastly different climax to his 350th appearance for the club.
MF Arjen Robben, 5 -- Robben caught the eye in the first half for his booking by showing the ref how to mark out 10 yards for the wall. He will rue missing four great chances to put the game to bed as a combination of bad luck, poor finishing, Burki and (Sven) Bender kept him from the score sheet.
FW Robert Lewandowski, 5 -- Should have added the goal to go up 3-1 on either side of half-time when clean through on goal. These were chances the normally so reliable Lewy eats up. He was a shadow of his former self, with even his close control letting him down on occasion.
DF Jerome Boateng, 6 -- He replaced his World Cup-winning partner Hummels with half an hour to play as Dortmund turned the tide. Boateng still doesn't look fit, as he was struggling to run with any fluidity come the end of the 90 minutes.
MF Thomas Muller, N/R -- He languished on the bench for 79 minutes before replacing Alonso as Bayern chased an equaliser to no avail.
MF Douglas Costa, N/R -- He scored the winning penalty in the Berlin cup final last May in Pep Guardiola's final game in charge but has become a bit player in recent months under Ancelotti.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.