The DFB-Pokal has produced a dream final. Bayern Munich are through after winning on penalty kicks over Borussia Mönchengladbach at Borussia-Park on Wednesday, and they will face Borussia Dortmund in the final. Like Tuesday's semifinal, the two teams were scoreless in regulation and required extra time, but unlike the Dortmund-Greuther Fürth semifinal, there was no miracle winner.
Bayern were given a gift, however. After they converted all three of their first three penalties and Gladbach scored their first two, defender Dante stepped up. Dante is rumored to be leaving Gladbach for Bayern in the offseason, so there was something strangely perfect about his penalty shot, which was blasted over the bar. Bayern made it 4-4 with their next penalty kick before Havard Nordveit hit a poor penalty that was easy for Manuel Neuer to save, clinching Bayern's win.
So much for the romance of the cup. Germany's two best and biggest sides are through to a marquee cup final.