Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted a second-half penalty to seal Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in Saturday’s German Cup final — on what could be his final Dortmund appearance.
Aubameyang’s calmly taken spot-kick was his 40th goal this season for Dortmund in all competitions and ended Dortmund’s misery after losing the three previous cup finals in Berlin in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
They had been beaten in each of their previous three final appearances, twice against Bayern Munich either side of a defeat by Wolfsburg.
Ousmane Dembele cut in from the right to lift an eighth-minute opener into the roof of the net for Dortmund.
Ante Rabic swept in a 29th-minute equaliser, and Haris Seferovic then hit the post for Frankfurt.
Aubameyang chipped his 40th goal of the season from the spot after Christian Pulisic was brought down.
The striker’s future at Dortmund is the subject of intense speculation, having reportedly handed in a transfer request, and has been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as Paris St-Germain.
Aubameyang could well have had further goals, but was denied by the bar before his penalty, and then by the post later on.
The first of those near misses would have been one of the goals of the season, with the impressive Dembele scooping over a cross that Aubameyang met with a flying volley that defender Marco Fabian, on the line, diverted on to the bar.
Frankfurt had moments of promise, with Timothy Chandler heading over before Rabic’s equaliser, but Thomas Tuchel’s side were good value for their win.
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel praised his team, who have bounced back from the April 11 bomb attack on their team bus to win silverware this season having finished third in the Bundesliga.
“I am spent, I must admit, after watching that,” said Tuchel.
“We started really well, then stopped playing and were lucky not to fall behind, but we dug deep and now everything is perfect.”
Victory provided a positive finish to a difficult season for Dortmund, who finished third in the Bundesliga, and suffered trauma when their team bus was damaged by an explosion before a Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco on 11 April.