Munich (dpa) – The ghost game express of FC Bayern Munich has almost derailed on the way to the DFB Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt. The record winner and defending champion struggled in the semi-finals thanks to scorer Robert Lewandowski to a 2-1 (1-1) against Eintracht Frankfurt.
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.
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 far 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.
“We often made the wrong decision or did not complete the match consistently. We should have led 3-0, 4-0 at half time. The chances were good,” said Thomas Müller, adding: “In the end, the wear was felt Frankfurt presented us with more playful play in the second half than we would have liked. ” Bayern coach Hansi Flick spoke of “a cup fight” in the second half. “We made life difficult for ourselves. You could tell that my team was getting tired. We’re in the final, that’s what we wanted.”
Bayern, who are in the Bundesliga shortly before the 30th championship, can now take the 20th cup win against Leverkusen in Berlin. The 13th double in Munich’s club history could jump out. “With Leverkusen there is an opponent on the pitch who has great abilities. But we showed a fragrance brand at the weekend. We want to show that again in Berlin,” said Müller.
The Frankfurt residents were disappointed. “It is extremely bitter. The second goal was too easy. It was a small blow to the neck. But we did a good fight. The chance was there. We showed a significant increase in performance. It is a shame that we did not make it.” said Sebastian Rode.
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 encountered 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.
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 crowd of millions. 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 comfortable 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. Bayern only wavered for a short time. Alphonso Davies, allegedly offside, put the ball across the box. Thomas Müller poked the ball to Lewandowski, who dusted off.