Bayern Munich’s treble dream is over after four consecutive penalty misses in a shoot-out saw them lose their DFB Pokal semi-final against Borussia Dortmund.
Juergen Klopp has so often detailed Bayern's best-laid plans in his spell at Dortmund, and he managed to give his arch rivals a bloody nose one more time as his team pulled off an extraordinary victory at the Allianz Arena.
After the scores finished 1-1, slips from Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso in the shoot-out contributed to the defeat, but it was Manuel Neuer's spot-kick against the bar which sealed the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions' fate.
It means Klopp can end his tenure at Dortmund as a German Cup winner.
Both Lahm and Alonso fell while taking their kicks giving Dortmund a 2-0 victory on penalties after the scores were tied at 1-1 after 120 minutes of action.
Bayern had seemed to be coasting towards victory when Robert Lewandowski gave them a 29th minute, sliding the ball home after his first effort came back off the post.
The Polish striker almost made it two with an audacious effort just before half-time, before Michael Langerak pulled off one of several fine stops to deny Thomas Mueller shortly after the break.
14’ – CHANCE FOR BAYERN – Mueller arrives late to meet a Xabi Alonso corner, but via a mixture of head and shoulder the ball goes wide.
18’ – WEISER TAKES A TUMBLE – Mitchell Weiser falls over as he breaks into the Dortmund box. The Bayern man wants a penalty but referee Peter Gagelmann rightly waves play on.
29’ – GOAL FOR BAYERN – A rare Dortmund attack breaks down, and the ball is quickly recycled to Lewandowski. The Pole dinks his first effort against the post, but keeps his composure to slot home at the second attempt.
44’ – CHEEKY ATTEMPT FROM LEWANDOWSKI – The former Dortmund man spots Michael Langerak off his line but lofts his attempt just wide from 30 yards out.
74’ – GOAL FOR DORTMUND – Finally the visitors create some width and Henrikh Mkhitaryan squares for Aubameyang to slot home despite Neuer’s desperate attempts.
84’ – ROBBEN CROCKED AGAIN – The Dutchman goes down holding his calf less than 20 minutes into his comeback.
102’ – CHANCE FOR BAYERN – Into extra-time, and Schweinsteiger heads over the bar when free in the box.
108’ – KAMPL SENT OFF – The substitute lazily loses the ball and then pulls back Schweinsteiger to earn a second yellow card.
114’ – CHANCE FOR BAYERN – Schweinsteiger has the chance to win it but he cannot keep his effort on target having arrived to meet a Jerome Boateng cross unmarked.
Bayern Munich players watch as penalties are taken after extra time in the German Cup (DFB Pokal) semi-final soccer match against Borussia Dortmund
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Bayern's defeat was their first in 13 German Cup games that had gone into extra-time.
Robert Lewandowski has now scored a goal in each of his three appearances against his former club.
Was Pep Guardiola right to risk Robben? After a season of struggle, Dortmund's progression to the final, where they can give Klopp a fitting send-off, cannot be underestimated. However, in Munich questions will inevitably be asked of some of Guardiola's substitutions, especially the decision to rush Robben back into action. It was a decision that ultimately back-fired and it remains to be seen how costly it proves with Barcelona lurking in the Champions League semi-finals. It was also worrying to see Lewandowski kept on the pitch at the end of extra-time as he appeared to be extremely dazed.
Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm (L) slips as he takes a penalty after extra time and misses, during their German Cup (DFB Pokal) semi-final soccer match against Borussia Dortmund in Munich, Germany
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MAN OF THE MATCH
Mitchell Langerak (Dortmund): The visiting goalkeeper was in inspired form as he made a string of important saves to keep his side in the contest before Aubameyang's equaliser. The Australian was helped out by strong performances from Mats Hummels and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.