The Bundesliga leaders, eyeing a domestic double after last week's Champions League exit to Real Madrid, have lost or drawn their last four matches in all competitions and are eager to bounce back.
With the notable exception of injured goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, the home side had their full complement of stars as they sought to keep hopes of a league and cup double intact.
Borussia Dortmund advanced to the DFB Pokal final, after recording a thrilling 3-2 win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Burki 6.5 - Piszczek 6.5 (Pulisic -), Sokratis 6.5, Bender 7.5, Schmelzer 7 - Weigl 6.5, Guerreiro 6.5 - Dembele 8, Castro 6 (Durm 6.5), Reus 7 (Ginter 6) - Aubameyang 7. Javi Martínez and David Alaba will both have to pass late fitness tests to play.
Mats Hummels then gave Bayern the lead shortly before the break, but Dortmund refused to give up and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelled halfway through the second half, before Dembele netted the victor. Martinez, playing at centre-back after Jerome Boateng had been deemed fit for the bench, redeemed his earlier error when he equalised via a thundering header from Xabi Alonso's corner in the 28th minute. Rumours say there is a hefty debate within the club as to whether Ancelotti is the best man to take Bayern forward especially as they intend to concentrate more on developing youngsters.
One of the most experienced players in Dortmund's squad, Marco Reus, has scored three goals in his three matches since returning from injury.
And suddenly out of nowhere, Dortmund equalised via a lightning-quick counter.
A brilliant strike from Ousmane Dembele 15 minutes from the end settled the semi-final tie at Munich's Allianz Arena which had seen Dortmund trail 2-1 at half-time. Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben follow with (1.95).
Three-times winners Dortmund face Eintracht Frankfurt, who edged past Borussia Moenchengladbach on penalties on Tuesday, in the final in Berlin next month.
"We now have to wrap up the Bundesliga title as soon as possible".
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