Bayern München defeated Borussia M’gladbach on penalties in a hard fought semi-final of the DFB Cup. They’ll now face Borussia Dortmund in Berlin for the Cup.
The match was pretty hard fought, and in general Bayern had the edge. Gladbach was dangerous on counterattacks, but for the most part it was Bayern providing the pressure. Gladbach’s GK ter Stegen was in fine form as he came up with some excellent saves to preserve the goal-less draw. His counterpart Manuel Neuer had much less to do, but had a couple of good stops of his own.
When it came to penalties, Bayern was clinical, putting home all, and Gladbach choked. After Daems and Hermann (first game back after injury) easily scored, Dante started the collapse by blasting 50 feet over the goal. Nordveidt had to score to keep the faint hope alive, but Neuer made the stop, and it was all over.
In fairness, I suppose the outcome is OK, as Bayern looked the stronger team throughout the match.
In another 3.Liga makeup, Regensburg got stunned 0-3 at home to VfL Osnabrück. This was an important match for Jahn, as they could have strengthened their hold on 3rd place. Instead, they get slapped at home (although less than 2,700 showed up) and drop into a three-way tie with Burgahsuen and Chemnitz. Heidenheim is 2 points behind, Erfurt down 3. Even Osnabrück has a slight hope, as they are only 5 points away.
Stuttgart’s Dutch defender Khalid Boulahrouz had a nice game against Hoffenheim, it was his crosses that gave Vedad Ibisevic both goals. But he got some bad news in training yesterday, as he broke his toe and might miss four weeks. That sucks because he’s been in good form and his contract is expiring, so some more good performances could have raised his price. As it is, Stuttgart is said to want to renew the defender’s stay.