If you’re going to beat the current Bayern Munich team you know that you’re going to need to be at your best and hope for a little bit of luck along the way.
That luck deserted Borussia Dortmund on Saturday during the DFB-Pokal final as Mats Hummels header from a second half free-kick wasn’t given by the match officials despite clearly seeming to cross the line before Dante’s intervention.
The tight affair was goalless at the time of the incident and Bayern went on to win the game 2-0 in extra time with goals from Dutch winger Arjen Robben who turned in Jerome Boateng’s cross, and Thomas Muller who calmly rounded Roman Weidenfeller before slotting into an empty net in stoppage time to compound BVB’s misery.
44-year-old Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp was in no doubt as to the significance of the refereeing blunder and the impact it had on the eventual result:
"We scored a goal that didn't count. All of my substitutes saw that," Klopp said after the match.
"I don't want to pin the blame on the referee, but the goal would have changed a lot.”
“We lost 2-0 even though we scored a goal. The referee Florian Meyer told me you need the goal-line technology for those things.”
Despite the defeat Klopp, whose team finished as runners up an eventual 19 points behind Bayern in the Bundesliga, felt his side had given a good account of themselves both in the final and over the course of the season:
"The loss is very painful. Both teams pushed themselves to the limit. We lacked concentration for the goals but any time tonight I will tell the boys what an extraordinary season we produced."
Defender, and ‘scorer’ of the controversial goal that never was, Hummels took to facebook to vent his frustrations at the situation and swore Dortmund would come back stronger next year:
“Of course, it's bitter.”
“Next year, there will be a title. I don't know which, but there will be a title.”
With Bayern so dominant it’s hard to go along with Hummels optimism as it looks set to be another summer where Europe’s elite will be preying over Dortmund’s biggest talents.
Hummels himself has been linked with moves to Spain and England so it may be that he will get his title while Dortmund are left empty handed.
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