Kaiserslautern End Saarbruecken Run To Reach German Cup Final

Apr3,2024


German Cup: Kaiserslautern beats Saarbrucken 2-0© AFP

Kaiserslautern on Tuesday became the first team from outside the Bundesliga to reach a German Cup final since 2011 with a 2-0 win over third-tier Saarbrucken. Hosts Saarbrucken were bidding to become the first third-division club to lift the trophy in the competition's history, but fell short due to a costly mistake by goalkeeper Tim Schreiber. Saarbrucken had already knocked Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Moenchengladbach out of the cup, but were unable to hold on to fallen giants Kaiserslautern.

“It hurts a lot,” Saarbrucken coach Ruediger Ziehl told ARD.

“We shouldn't have lost that game. One mistake cost us.”

The Bundesliga 2 side will face Xabi Alonso's unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen or Fortuna Düsseldorf in the final in Berlin on May 25 as they bid to win the title for the third time.

The last second-tier club to reach the final was Duisburg 13 years ago, when they lost 5–0 to Schalke.

Kaiserslautern boss Friedhelm Funkel said, “We did not allow them to compete against us. That's how Bayern Munich failed here, that's how Borussia Moenchengladbach failed here.”

In the first half Kai Brunker's header went just wide for Saarbrücken shortly before the break.

But the visitors took the lead within the first eight minutes of the second period, as Marlon Ritter's near-post header from an Almamy Touré cross was allowed to bounce through his legs by Schreiber.

Saarbrücken's cup final dreams ended with almost 15 minutes to go as former Monaco full-back Touré turned goalscorer, rising high to curl Timoteusz Puchacz's far-swinging free-kick into the bottom corner.

Bruner came close again for Saarbrucken late on, but they could not set up a thrilling finish.

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