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Dortmund Win LIGAtotal! Cup 2011

700   //    21 Jul 2011, 04:18 IST

Defending Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund won the four team LIGAtotal! Cup in Mainz on Wednesday night with a 2-0 win against Hamburger SV. The BVB are ready for the new season to begin with the German Super Cup on Saturday against archrivals FC Schalke 04, the German Cup winners.

The final wasn’t the best of matches with both sides facing each other on equal terms until the 50th minute when Brazilian Felipe Santana scored Dortmund’s lead with a header off a perfect cross from Ivan Perisic. Just over a minute later Egyptian Mohamed Zidan would double the lead of a rebound to seal the title for the yellow-blacks.

In the third place playoff earlier in the day FC Bayern Munich won 7-6 on penalties against hosts 1.FSV Mainz 05. The match had ended 2-2 after the regular 2×30 minutes in which the tournament was played and a direct penalty shootout followed.

In an open game Nikolce Noveski gave Mainz an 11th minute lead through a header, but on the stroke of half-time Austrian teenager David Alaba equalised for the Bavarians. Three minutes from time it looked Bayern Munich had won the game when Nils Pedersen scored of a penalty but Anthony Ujah would equalise for Mainz a minute from time.

In the penalty shootout Mainz looked like the clear winners as they scored their first four penalties, but Bayern turned a 2-4 deficit into a 5-4 win as the regular time goalscorers Noveski and Ujah couldn’t score. It meant Bayern Munich did finish third in the tournament, but a lot of work remains for Jupp Heynckes and his men.

A day earlier in the semifinals Borussia Dortmund played an impressive match against FSV Mainz 05, but only won 1-0; while Bayern Munich were stunned 2-1 by Hamburger SV where South Korean teenager Heung-Min Son scored a brace.

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