The first semifinal of this year’s German Cup took place on Tuesday, featuring Borussia Mönchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt.
The visitors from Germany’s banking metropolis attacked eagerly from the beginning and got their reward in the 15th minute, through Taleb Tawatha, who gave them the lead.
Gladbach had a difficult time getting into the game, until Jonas Hofmann scored the equalizer, deep in first half added time and almost out of nothing.
The home team was the more active of the two in the second half, which was like a war of attrition. Despite their narrow dominance in the second 45 minutes, Gladbach was unable to create quality chances. Therefore, the game went to extra time, which offered 30 minutes of more of the same.
Both teams fought passionately, but neither could do much offensively.
The consequences of that were clear, the first German Cup finalist of the season would have to be determined via the lottery of a penalty shootout.
The quality of the first twelve spot kicks was immense, neither goalkeeper had much of a chance of saving any of them.
When the shootout score was 6-6, Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen missed for Gladbach. This meant that Frankfurt’s Guillermo Varela had the opportunity to win it for Frankfurt, but he too missed. Gladbach youngster Djibril Sow missed as well and then former Glabach player Branimir Hrgota stepped up for Frankfurt and scored the winning goal.
The result puts Eintracht into its first German Cup final since 2006.
The second semifinal took place on Wednesday in Munich between the local club Bayern and Borussia Dortmund.
The visitors struck first when Javi Martinez let Marco Reus though and the German international scored an easy goal.B
Then Bayern Munich took control of the match and Javi Martinez made up for his error and made it 1-1 with a beautiful header. Before halftime, Bayern center back Matts Hummels scored in the manner of a striker to give his team the lead.
In the second half, the Bavarians continued their dominance, but missed chance after chance to put the game out of reach. Instead, it was Dortmund goals by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembelé that decided the contest 3-2 in the visitors’ favor.
The German Cup final will thus take place on the 27th of May in the Olympic Stadium of Berlin, featuring Frankfurt and Dortmund.