Written by Staff Writer
Berlin (CNN) — It’s the end of an era in Germany.
Bayern Munich are on their way out of the Bundesliga after a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final.
Bayern and Dortmund went into the clash with massive derby bragging rights, but, despite dominating possession, Pep Guardiola’s team never looked in control.
The Bundesliga champions suffered a first Cup final defeat since 2007, when Bayer Leverkusen beat them 2-1 at a rainy Allianz Arena.
Bayern were outclassed, punished for their terrible shooting accuracy and by a rampant Dortmund side who completely dominated the first half.
Robert Lewandowski put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot after five minutes, as Jerome Boateng was penalized for blocking a strike with his arm.
It was a red-hot start from Dortmund as the home side put on a woeful display. A dithering Mats Hummels let the ball run straight through his legs, allowing Sokratis Papastathopoulos to slide in and rifle a shot into the bottom corner.
“This is a disaster. Of course it is a disaster. We should have been more alive and our passing could have been better,” Bayern’s Thomas Mueller said on the German national broadcaster.
“We had two or three chances, the best of which Mario Goetze missed.”
Guardiola made changes at half-time, making Leroy Sane the youngest league player at 20 years and 307 days, but it made no difference and Alaba’s long-range strike was deflected narrowly wide.
Gentemann made another wonderful save with minutes remaining. Kimmich’s dangerous long-range strike hit the top of the bar but the goalkeeper didn’t come for the rebound.
“The pitch was beautiful, the weather was perfect, it was just the fact that we didn’t play well in the first half that made a difference,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.
With just a few seconds remaining on the clock, captain Manuel Neuer made a fine goal-line save from Neven Subotic as Dortmund celebrated a historic victory and farewell for the legendary Mario Goetze, who joined Bayern from the Westfalenstadion in 2013.
Goetze ended up as the second most expensive player in German history when he joined the Bavarians, but no longer managed to ever live up to his prior billing. He finished the season with just one league goal after failing to score in any of the club’s final 10 Bundesliga matches.