Football: Victory in Saarbrücken: FCK is in the cup final

Football: Victory in Saarbrücken: FCK is in the cup final

The second division team 1. FC Kaiserslautern, which is threatened with relegation, stops the cup run of outsiders Saarbrücken. The Red Devils of old coach Funkel are now heading to the final in Berlin.

1. FC Kaiserslautern has stopped the sensational march of third division soccer team 1. FC Saarbrücken in the DFB Cup and can now dream of their third triumph after 1990 and 1996. The second division team, threatened with relegation, won the semi-finals 2-0 (0-0) and thus reached the final for the eighth time in the club’s history.

In front of almost 16,000 spectators, Marlon Ritter in the 53rd minute and Almamy Touré (75th) scored the goals for the victory, which brought the Palatinate team further millions in revenue.

The Red Devils’ final opponent will be determined on Wednesday between Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen and second division team Fortuna Düsseldorf. The final will take place on May 25th in Berlin. There, veteran coach Friedhelm Funkel’s team can even secure their participation in the Europa League with a win.

Saarbrücken, on the other hand, failed to qualify for the final as only the fourth third division team in the almost century-long history of the competition. So far, only the amateurs from Hertha BSC (1993), Energie Cottbus (1997) and 1. FC Union Berlin (2001) have achieved this feat.

Bavaria, Frankfurt and Gladbach had beaten Saarbrücken

After a rainy Easter weekend, the weather gods had an understanding with the Saarlanders, who were only able to play their quarter-final against Borussia Mönchengladbach at the second attempt because the pitch was unplayable. This time it stayed dry on the day of the game, and the sun even made a few appearances. Referee Marco Fritz was able to start the game as planned.

Unlike the surprise victories against Bundesliga clubs Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt and Gladbach, Saarbrücken took the initiative at the beginning. However, the home team did not get beyond promising approaches in the fourth cup semi-final in their club’s history.

A blatant goalkeeping mistake helps Lautern take the lead

Kaiserslautern shied away from taking risks and relied on a stable defense. The spectators therefore saw a lot of ball pushing and little movement. There were no chances to score on both sides. Things got heated at times between the penalty areas.

After just half an hour, FCK coach Friedhelm Funkel had to make his first change because attacker Kenny Prince Redondo was injured without any interference from the opponent. Aaron Opoku came for him. This had no impact on the game, which sputtered along without any highlights. So it went into the break goalless.

After the change, both teams came out of the locker room with more momentum. The opening goal for the guests, who had reached the semi-finals for the first time in ten years, came somewhat fortunately. A harmless header from Ritter slipped through the hands of FCS goalkeeper Tim Schreiber and into the net.

Thousands of Lautern fans who traveled along were in the final mood

The goal had an impact on the underdog, who conceded the second header through Touré a quarter of an hour before the end. This time Schreiber was powerless. In the final phase, the FCK didn’t let anything go wrong and in the end celebrated their well-deserved success with thousands of fans traveling with them.

Source: Stern

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