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Dortmunders celebrate German Cup glory

Borussia Dortmund fans celebrated their team’s fifth German Cup triumph in the streets of Dortmund on Thursday (May 13), although the partying was kept to a minimum due to measures to contain the coronavirus spread.

Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland scored two goals apiece as Borussia Dortmund crushed RB Leipzig 4-1 to lift the German Cup, the team’s first since 2017 – while Leipzig missed out again on winning their first silverware after losing their second Cup final in the last three years.

England international Sancho gave Dortmund a perfect start, finding enough space to curl a superb shot into the top corner in the fifth minute.

The winger, who is likely to leave at the end of the season, added another on the stroke of halftime when he completed a quick break after good early work from Marco Reus.

Haaland, who was ruled fit after missing their last two matches due to injury, powered into the box, shook off defender Dayot Upamecano and flicked a clever shot past keeper Peter Gulacsi.

Dortmund were brutally efficient in the first half, scoring with each of their three shots on target.

Leipzig launched a late attempt at a comeback, pulling a goal back with a thundering drive from Dani Olmo in the 71st minute, hitting the post and going close several times.

Sancho wasted a golden chance to complete his hat-trick with only the keeper to beat before Norway international Haaland, also a major transfer target, rifled in his second goal.

Leipzig, beaten 3-2 by Dortmund in the league on Saturday, have lost in the final twice in the last three years and their coach Julian Nagelsmann is departing for Bayern Munich next season.

(Production: Andreas Kranz, Barbara Woolsey)

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