Jürgen Klopp's final game in charge of Borussia Dortmund ended in defeat after they were beaten by VfL Wolfsburg in the DFB Pokal Final.
Dortmund, who overcame rivals Bayern Munich on penalties in a dramatic semi-final, hoped to give Klopp a happy send-off.
They made a dream start after taking the lead in only the fifth minute when Pierre Emerick Aubameyang slammed in a cross whipped in from former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa.
In the 22nd minute, though, Dortmund goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak could only parry Naldo's low free-kick into the path of Brazilian international Luis Gustavo who slotted home the equaliser.
Borussia Dortmund's dysfunctioning defence would be exploited again by Kevin de Bruyne this time, whose shot from outside the penalty area found the back of the net - nothing less would be expected from one of Wolfsburg’s players of the season.
Disappointing end for Klopp
Dieter Hecking’s Wolfsburg rounded off an impressive display at the end of the first half when 16-goal hero Bas Dost headed in Ivan Perisic's cross after being left unmarked.
Kagawa and Aubameyang both went close in the second half for the 2013 Champions League finalists but Wolfsburg held on for a historic triumph.
At full-time Wolfsburg celebrated a successful season after finishing second in the league and securing their first German Cup final triumph.
Dortmund, however, were left disappointed after a poor all round campaign, finishing seventh in the Bundesliga, crashing out at the last 16 stage of the Champions League and German Cup final heartbreak.
They will be looking to bounce back next season - albeit without Jürgen Klopp.