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Dortmund to play Bayern in German final

dpadpa 20/04/2016 By Derek Wilson

Borussia Dortmund will meet Bayern Munich in the German Cup soccer final after beating Hertha Berlin 3-0.

Borussia Dortmund were far too strong for Hertha Berlin in their German Cup semi-final on Wednesday (Thursday AEST) and a 3-0 win in the German capital set up a final encounter with Bayern Munich.

Dortmund had only Gonzalo Castro's 20th minute strike to show for their complete dominance in the first half but Marco Reus settled the contest with a second goal 15 minutes from time. Henrikh Mkhitaryan then completed the scoring late on.

Losing finalists last season, Dortmund return to Berlin for the May 21 final looking to regain the trophy they last won in 2012 with a thrashing of Bayern. Pep Guardiola's side, who beat Dortmund in the 2014 final, are targeting the cup as they attempt to repeat the treble of 2013.

Hertha will rue their passive first half and though they offered more resistance after the break, they can have little complaint about their dream of an appearance in a cup final in their own stadium ending.

"Dortmund are too quick for us," Hertha coach Pal Dardai told Sky TV.

"That's a top team and there's also a learning process for my team.

"There's still something missing."

Hertha, currently fourth in the Bundesliga, resume their bid for European football against Bayern at the weekend.

Dortmund were without injured top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and midfielder Ilkay Guendogan was on the bench as coach Thomas Tuchel deemed him not fit enough for 90 minutes.

After the recent Europa League exit to Liverpool and with the Bundesliga slipping away, the German Cup is the last chance for Tuchel to secure a trophy in his first season.

"I'm very happy and very pleased with how we played," Tuchel said. "A big, big compliment to the team. We deserved to win."

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