Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted a penalty to help Borussia Dortmund win the German Cup in a thrilling final against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympiastadion, Berlin on Saturday.
The former African Footballer of the Year landed Dortmund their fourth DFB Pokal trophy in their history, having won it in 1966, 1989 and in 2012.
Dortmund had taken the lead eight minutes into the game thanks to a strike by Ousmane Dembele, but Ante Rabic swept in a 29th-minute equaliser that kept the game yet wide open.
It was 22 minutes into the second half when Christian Pulisic was brought down that Aubameyang chipped in his 40th goal of the season from the spot to make Dortmund champions.
Frankfurt, who had few chances in the game, would have increased their tally to 5 as they have won the DFB Pokal four times, in 1974, 1975, 1981 and in 1988.
The victory provided a positive finish to a difficult season for Dortmund, who finished third in the Bundesliga, and suffered trauma when their team bus was damaged by an explosion before a Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco on 11 April.
The win is also their first in four consecutive finals, having been defeated once by Bayern Munich and twice by Wolfsburg.
However, Aubameyang’s future at Dortmund is the subject of intense speculation, having reportedly handed in a transfer request, and has been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as Paris St-Germain.
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