This past midweek, Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt booked their respective slots in the German Cup final, which will take place on the 19th of May in the Olympic Stadium of Berlin. However, the two semifinals that took them there could not have been any more different.
On Tuesday, the Bavarians took on Bayer Leverkusen in an encounter filled with offensive fireworks from start to finish. Munich took a two-goal lead, with less than ten minutes played, thanks to a brace from Robert Lewandowski. But Leverkusen had offensive moments and chances of their own.
Lars Bender took one of those opportunities, over fifteen minutes into the match to make it 2-1.
Bayer had another chance or so before halftime, but Sven Ulreich in the Bavarian goal was magnificent that night and preserved his team’s lead, going into the halftime break.
The second half continued, as the first had ended. Leverkusen was pressuring for the equalizer, but Ulreich responded.
Then Bayern pushed forward and seemingly all of their chances turned into goals. First, Thomas Müller struck twice with a Thiago Alcantara goal sandwiched between them to get the score to 5-1.
Later, Jamaican midfielder Leon Baily got one back for Leverkusen, before Müller finished the scoring for an incredible 6-2 end result.
The second German Cup semifinal took place on Wednesday between Frankfurt and Schalke 04.
Most of the first seventy minutes from the encounter, we can safely ignore. Around the seventy-minute mark, the game came to life, as Eintracht keeper Lukas Hradecky saved two major opportunities for the Royal Blues from going in.
In the 75th minute, Luka Jović scored the only goal of the game, thus giving Frankfurt the 1-0 victory. After that, there was controversy surrounding the sending off of an Eintracht player and the disallowing of a late Schalke equalizer due to a handball, though both refereeing decisions seemed to have been correct.
So, Frankfurt coach Niko Kovač will get his farewell from Eintracht in a German Cup final against his next employers.