Dortmund's Sven Bender pulls off ridiculous goal-line clearance against Bayern

Champions League Borussia Dortmund aim to crush Bayern Munich's double dream

"We started well but it is brutally hard to play attacking football and defend well against Bayern", said scorer Reus.

Carlo Ancelotti insisted he is focussed on wrapping up the Bundesliga before assessing how successful his first season at Bayern Munich has been following a shock German Cup semi-final defeat.

Tuchel had spoken of needing a bit of luck in order to win in Munich and, despite the score, his team were getting it.

"We were lucky it was only a 2-1 reverse at half-time".

Both sides come into the game having exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage - Bayern in a controversial defeat to Real Madrid. But, after surviving a Bayern onslaught either side of the break, the Ousmane Dembele-inspired visitors took their chances in the second period and booked a trip to Berlin.

Ancelotti's job is not yet under threat, but his first season compares unfavourably with predecessor Pep Guardiola. Barely half an hour earlier, Dembele had snatched the victor after a Marco Reus-led counter-attack, minutes after teeing up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the equaliser. "We have to give it everything and wrap up the championship title as soon as possible".

The Spanish international's lazy back pass was snapped up by Dortmund midfielder Raphael Guerreiro, whose snot hit the post and Reus drilled the rebound.

Before 19-year-old Dembele zinged the game-winner to the upper corner with 16 minutes left in regulation, the back-and-forth match looked destined for extra time.

"This is extremely bitter and I am very disappointed", said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm, who is retiring at the end of the season.

The BVB got a good start going into the game as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed the target just wide with four minutes played.

"We wanted to reach the final, when we have a. lead, it should be hard to win against us", he insisted.

It was Dortmund who drew first blood, however, Marco Reus tapping in an empty net in the 19th minute.

As the final whistle blew on a pulsating German Cup semifinal that featured sublime skill and outrageous errors in equal measure, Dortmund's players were mobbed by coaching staff and substitutes insulated against a cold Munich night by their black puffer jackets.

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