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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, April 16, 2014
DORTMUND--- Borussia Dort-
mund reached its sixth German
Cup final by beating Wolfsburg
Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened the
scoring in the 12th and Robert
Lewandowski scored his 100th goal
for Dortmund to secure the victory
in the 43rd.
Bayern Munich hosts second-
division Kaiserslautern in the sec-
ond semifinal today.
Dortmund beat Bayern 3-0 in
Munich in the Bundesliga on Sat-
The final is on May 17 in Berlin.
Wolfsburg missed several good
chances even though three-time
cup winner Dortmund controlled
most of the match.
"We were fortunate, but we are
playing at a high level the past
week," Dortmund's coach Juergen
Mkhitaryan picked up a pass
from Marko Reus and slotted a
low shot for the first goal.
Dortmund doubled the lead only
one minute after Junior Malanda
had hit the post with a header.
Milos Jojic launched Reus, who
crossed for Lewandowski and the
Poland striker fired into the roof
of the net.
Lewandowski hit the post from
a very acute angle early in the sec-
Malanda wasted his second big
chance of the match in the 75th
by firing high from four meters
(yards) out after Kevin de Bruyne's
shot had bounced off the post.
And in the 81st Malanda's shot
was parried by Roman Weiden-
feller, Gustavo's follow-up hit the
post and Dortmund defender
Sokratis fell on Malanda's right leg
in the melee.
The Belgium international had
to be substituted.
"It was very close, we were lucky
that Wolfsburg did not score,"
Dortmund's defender Mats Hum-
Before the game, Dortmund
announced that it was extending
the contract of injured midfielder
Ilkay Gundogan by one year until
Gundogan has made only two
appearances this season because
of a pinched nerve in his back.
scored twice as Arsenal came
from a goal down to beat West
Ham 3-1 in the Premier League
yesterday and provisionally
reclaim the last Champions
Arsenal trailed to Matthew
Jarvis' 40th-minute opener, but
Podolski equalized before the break
and Arsenal dominated the second
Olivier Giroud made amends for
an earlier miss by putting Arsenal
ahead in the 55th and Podolski fin-
ished off the win with another
clinical strike in the 78th.
Arsenal leapfrogged Everton into
fourth place, although the Mersey-
side club is only one point behind
with a game in hand.
Coming off their penalty-
shootout win against Wigan in the
FA Cup semifinals on Saturday,
Arsenal looked sluggish at the start.
West Ham was the better team
for the first 30 minutes, but when
the opening goal came it was
against the run of play following
a period of sustained Arsenal pres-
Kim Kallstrom, making his first
start for Arsenal since joining on
loan in January, lost track of Anto-
nio Nocerino down the right flank
as the West Ham player broke into
the area. Nocerino's shot was
stopped by Wojciech Szczesny, but
Jarvis was there to head in the
rebound in a goalmouth scram-
ble.Arsenal responded quickly,
however, as Santi Cazorla found
Podolski in the area and the Ger-
many forward took one touch to
create space before slotting a clin-
ical finish inside the far post.
Before that, Giroud had wasted
Arsenal's two best chances as the
France striker couldn't make con-
tact with Podolski's cross in the
14th, and then wasted a one-on-
one opportunity in the 30th.
Cazorla picked out Giroud that
time as well, but the Frenchman
went for finesse rather than power,
trying to chip the ball with the
outside of his boot past Adrian,
but the goalkeeper palmed it away.
Giroud changed tactics the next
time, however, after Thomas Ver-
maelen picked him out with a
long ball into the area. Giroud
downed it with one touch and
then slotted a shot between Adri-
an's legs to put the hosts up for
Arsenal kept pressing and the
third goal came after Giroud broke
down the left and sent a high pass
in toward substitute Aaron Ram-
sey, who picked out Podolski with
a header and the German blasted
a high shot into the net. (AP)
Borussia Dortmund beats 2-0
Wolfsburg to reach German Cup final
Arsenal's Lukas Podolski scores a goal
during the English Premier League
football match between Arsenal and
West Ham United at the Emirates
stadium in London, yesterday. Arsenal
won 3-1. AP PHOTO
Arsenal beats West Ham
3-1 in Premier League
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