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Wolfsburg beats Dortmund 3-1 in German Cup final; Klopp's 7-year tenure ends in disappointment

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BERLIN — Wolfsburg defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to win the German Cup for the first time Saturday, denying Juergen Klopp the perfect sendoff in his final game as Dortmund coach.

After seven years at the club, the 47-year-old Klopp was unable to inspire his side to victory despite going ahead in the fifth minute through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

PHOTO: Dortmund's Mats Hummels gets the ball out of the goal net during the German soccer cup final match between Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Dortmund's Mats Hummels gets the ball out of the goal net during the German soccer cup final match between Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Luiz Gustavo equalized against the run of play in the 22nd after Mitch Langerak had saved Naldo's powerful free kick, Kevin De Bruyne put Wolfsburg ahead in the 33rd, and Bas Dost completed the scoring with a header from close range five minutes later.

Dortmund fought hard in the second half, only to struggle against Wolfsburg's well-organized defense with goalkeeper Diego Benaglio in fine form.

Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking celebrated his first title.

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