FC Bayern follows Leverkusen into the DFB Cup final in Berlin: In the end, a narrow victory against rebellious Frankfurt was enough. In the first half it looked like a clear matter for Munich.
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FC Bayern München’s ghost game express almost derailed on the way to the DFB Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt. The record winner and defending champion struggled to a 2-1 (1-1) win against Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals on Wednesday evening thanks to striker Robert Lewandowski. Poland’s winning goal in the 74th minute was only recognized after video evidence. Previously, the team of referees around Marco Fritz had ruled offside.
Perisic takes the lead as Costa equalizes
Ivan Perisic had given Bayern the lead with a flying header for the first time (14th). Before the break, the Hessians in the empty Allianz Arena were still a long way away from a surprise coup like the final triumph in 2018. But after the 1-1 draw of substitute Danny da Costa (69.) everything seemed possible in the short term.
Danny da Costa strikes to equalize in the meantime. (Source: Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters)
Bayern, who are in the Bundesliga shortly before the 30th championship, can now claim their 20th cup victory against Bayer Leverkusen in the Berlin Olympic Stadium on July 4th. The 13th double in Munich’s club history could jump out.
Bayern with chances for opportunities before the break
In the sixth win in the sixth competitive match after the Corona break, the Bayern ensemble of coach Hansi Flick initially put the Frankfurt defensive under constant stress. The Munich bribes with joy of playing, ball safety and running strength. Goal scoring was the logical consequence. The short-term loss of striker Serge Gnabry was negligible, especially since substitute Perisic fit in brilliantly. And not just in the flight header after a flank from Thomas Müller. With his first cup goal, the Croatian loaned by Inter Milan recommended a permanent commitment.
Bayern could easily replace national player Gnabry – at Eintracht, on the other hand, the suspension of the suspended Filip Kostic weighed heavily. Without the fast winger, the Hessians lacked forward force.
When they saw each other quickly 18 days after the clear 5-2 of Bayern in the fight for Bundesliga points, the Frankfurt team hardly came up with any dangerous attacks. An exception was a one-off action by Mijat Gacinovic (26th). Bayern would have had to give up a missed big chance by Kingsley Coman (25) and Robert Lewandowski by Müller (6th), whose header was cleared on the line. Frankfurt’s goalkeeper Kevin Trapp (31st) parried the shot of the striker.
Lewandowski with the decisive goal
In terms of results, the game remained open. The Munich team ran for the first time in the new red and white home kit, but reduced the previously high speed after the break. The Frankfurt Cup specialists set a sign against racism on the TV screens on their playing clothes with the lettering “#blacklivesmatter” (counting black lives) in front of a million audience. They were also more offensive now.
“More, more,” cried Bayern’s defense chief David Alaba after 65 minutes through the empty arena. His colleagues didn’t hear him. They had fallen into a cozy rut – without greed for the preliminary decision. Eintracht coach Adi Hütter took on Daichi Kamada and da Costa. Just three minutes later, Kamada prepared the 1-1 draw from da Costa. The Bavarians faltered only briefly. Alphonso Davies, who is believed to be acting offside, crossed the box. Finally Lewandowski dusted off.