Leverkusen is the first finalist of this year’s DFB Cup. With the blatant outsider Saarbrücken, the concentrated first half was enough for the Rheinländer to advance. Nevertheless, the FCS sold expensive.
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With the dominance of a determined top team, Bayer Leverkusen ended the cup fairy tale of 1. FC Saarbrücken before the last chapter. The Bundesliga team won the semi-finals 3-0 (2-0) in the first fourth division club to ever reach the semi-finals. Bayer is in the final for the fourth time and is reaching for its second title.
FCS has been chosen as a newcomer
Moussa Diaby (11th), Lucas Alario (19th) and Karim Bellarabi (58th) met for the cup winner of 1993, who meets Bayern Munich or Eintracht Frankfurt in the final on July 4th in Berlin. Bayer is also guaranteed a premium of over three million euros. In contrast, the FCS failed for the fourth time at the last hurdle before the final at the fourth attempt.
Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi (M.) scored the last goal in a 3-0 win over Saarbrücken. (Source: Ronald Wittek / epa-Pool / dpa)
Nevertheless, the Saarlanders, who have been promoted to the third division after the regional league Southwest was canceled, made German football history. This was ensured by the triumphal march of the founding member of the Bundesliga, Jahn Regensburg, 1. FC Köln, Karlsruher SC and Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Bayer without Havertz
In the early stages of the ghost game at the Hermann Neuberger Stadium in Völklingen, Leverkusen determined what was going on as expected. The Saarbruecken, who after years of construction work on the Ludwigspark can probably return to their home stadium at the beginning of the new season, tried it with occasional pinpricks.
This tactic didn’t last long. After good preliminary work by Kerem Demirbay, the Frenchman met Diaby for the guests. The Leverkusen team, who had to get along without their injured top star Kai Havertz (muscular problems) and Lars Bender, remained focused even after the tour.
Paulinho misses opportunities
Three days after the defeat in the league against Bayern (2: 4), the team of coach Peter Bosz showed that they wanted to take advantage of the final chance. The Saarbruecken, who had not played a point game since March 7 (0-1 at Astoria Walldorf), could only counter their fighting spirit. The second goal for Bayer was in the air, the Argentine finally hit Alario.
After that, the Leverkusen team took it a little easier, but the Saarbrücken residents could not catch their breath. Coach Lukas Kwasniok’s team was almost exclusively on the defensive. Paulinho could not use the chances for the third goal twice (38th and 39th).
Bosz changes cheerfully
At the beginning of the second round, the hosts dared to do a little more. Nothing changed in the superiority of Leverkusen. However, Bayer initially forgot to add the third goal. The substituted Bellarabi eliminated this shortcoming after preparatory work by Demirbay.
After the hit, Leverkusen shifted down a gear. Bosz also made other changes to spare some of his regular players for the point game on Sunday at Schalke 04. After about an hour, the coach had swapped four times, and the game suffered noticeably.
Leverkusen no longer placed any value on another goal and managed the lead. The FCS could not take advantage of this. The game had hardly any highlights left. It was only in the 77th minute that Paulinho again missed a great opportunity.