The Franconians now face a superiority of clubs that have a combined total of 20 cup victories. When national player Kim Kulig draws the lots for the semifinals on Saturday in ZDF’s Aktuelles Sportstudio on 20. and 21. In the second round, three of the four current Bundesliga top teams await the underdogs: record winners Bayern Munich (2-0 at VfB Stuttgart), Borussia Monchengladbach (2-0 after extra time at Hertha BSC) and champions Borussia Dortmund (4-0 at regional league team Holstein Kiel).
Furth coach Mike Buskens struggled to keep his composure after the 1-0 win at Sinsheim. “I said to the boys before the game: Play the game of your life. This is what they did. The way they took this game, the passion they showed, makes me incredibly proud,” said the 43-year-old head coach. “For Furth, this is something historic.” On the way to the final of Berlin on 12. May comes the “game of our lives” for him.
For Hoffenheim coach Holger Stanislawski the defeat against the second division outsider had the feared consequences. The day after the 0:1 in the quarterfinals, Bundesliga club parted ways with its coach. The long-time coach of FC St. Pauli has only been in charge of the footballers from Kraichgau since the beginning of this season.
Record holders Bayern (15 cup wins) and three-time cup winners from Monchengladbach followed first division leaders Dortmund, winners in 1965 and 1989, into the semifinals on Wednesday. “We made things clear right from the start and were a homogeneous unit,” Munich’s head coach Jupp Heynckes summed up the game. The 2:0 in front of 57 500 spectators in Stuttgart by the goals of Franck Ribery (30.) and former VfB professional Mario Gomez (46.), however, the star ensemble had to pay painfully.
international Bastian Schweinsteiger suffered another injury when he was unintentionally kicked by his opponent Georg Niedermeier. Schweinsteiger was forced to retire after fifteen minutes and is out again with a torn lateral ligament in his right ankle. Team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt was unable to give a prognosis as to when Schweinsteiger would be able to resume training.
In Berlin, the anger over a possibly game-deciding error by the referee was enormous. “Unbelievable, unbelievable” – Michael Skibbe found it difficult to keep his composure following his fourth defeat in his fourth game as Hertha coach. “It is very, very bitter that we were knocked out of the cup by an unbelievable mistake by the referee,” Skibbe was incensed.
After a head-to-head skirmish between Roman Hubnik and Igor de Camargo, the Monchengladbach player fell to the ground theatrically in front of 47,465 spectators at the Olympiastadion. Referee Felix Brych showed Hubnik the red card and awarded the team of former Hertha coach Lucien Favre a penalty, which captain Filip Daems (101.) to make it 1:0. Oscar Wendt scored in injury time to make it 2-0, and Borussia reached the semifinals for the first time since 2004 (0-1 against Alemannia Aachen).