DFB Cup, semi-final: Bayer shoots Fortuna and is in the DFB Cup final

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One thing is clear in the Rhenish duel! Bayer Leverkusen are in the DFB Cup final after a very convincing performance against Fortuna Düsseldorf. Alonso's team clearly and deservedly beat the second division team 4-0 (3-0). In this way, the Werkself can continue dreaming of a treble (championship, cup, Europa League).

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DFB Cup, semi-finals

Bayer Leverkusen – Fortuna Dusseldorf 4:0 (3:0)

1:0 Frimpong (7th), 2:0 Adli (20th), 3:0 Wirtz (35th), 4:0 Wirtz (60th)

Bayer Leverkusen: Kovar – Stanisic, Tah, Tapsoba – Frimpong, Andrich, Xhaka (78th Kossounou), Grimaldo (71st Hincapie) – Adli (65th Tella), Schick (65th Boniface), Wirtz (65th Hofmann )

Fortuna Düsseldorf: Kastenmeier – Siebert, Hoffmann (46th Quarshie), Oberdorf – Zimmermann (85th Vermeij), Johannesson, Engelhardt, Ihoya (77th Jastrzembski) – Klaus (46th Sobottka), Mustapha (65th Niemiec), Tzolis

The essentials in summary: For the invincible Bayer Leverkusen, the double is within reach. Thanks to the impressive 4:0 (3:0) against the third placed in the second division, Fortuna Düsseldorf, the sovereign leader of the table reached the soccer bundesliga the final for the fifth time of the DFB-Cup and are a big favorite there on May 25 against 1. FC Kaiserslautern, a candidate for relegation from the second division, with veteran coach Friedhelm Funkel (70).

In the league, Leverkusen, which has not won a title since winning the cup in 1993, has an almost unassailable 13-point lead over the series champion with seven days left in the season. FC Bayern Munich. After 40 competitive matches this season, the Werkself, who are also in the quarterfinals Europe The League is still standing, even without any defeat. For Fortuna, who had no chance on Wednesday, the dream of reaching the first cup final in 44 years was shattered: the Düsseldorf team can now concentrate on the fight for promotion to the Bundesliga.

Full-back Jeremie Frimpong gave Leverkusen an early lead with his 12th competitive goal this season (7th minute). Amine Adli (20th) then alone took over the list of top scorers with his fifth goal in the current competition. National player Florian Wirtz scored his first double in his 141st official match for Bayer Leverkusen (35/60, handball penalty).

  1. Leverkusen clearly beats Düsseldorf and is in the DFB Cup final

    And that was it! Bayer Leverkusen are in the DFB Cup final after a very convincing performance against Fortuna Düsseldorf. Alonso's team beat the second division team 4-0. The result is absolutely appropriate even at this point.

  2. How much additional time will there be? In just a few moments this will end.

  3. It actually has to be 5:0! After a counterattack, Tella is already up and away from the midline, Quarshie rushes in and uses her body cleverly. Dingert did well not to decide on the penalty this time.

  4. In the 87th minute came the first corner for Düsseldorf. Tzolis's cross flies intact through the penalty area.

  5. But something happens again! Frimpong draws a complete blank against Kastenmeier, but the goalkeeper brilliantly deflects the Dutchman's shot around the post.

  6. The match is now moving very quickly.

  7. Celebratory atmosphere at the BayArena. The match has long since ended, so the Bayer fans in the stands are equally elated.

  8. Bayer midfielder Xhaka is also out. Kossounou is coming for him.

  9. Another change in the Düsseldorf side: Jastrzembski replaces Iyoha on the left.

  10. Fortuna asks for a penalty after a duel between Tzolis and Frimpong. But the Leverkusen player uses his body forcefully, but not in a way that he violates the rules.

11:50 am: Fortuna Düsseldorf will have to temporarily do without their key player, Ao Tanaka, in the DFB Cup semi-finals against Bayer Leverkusen. The 25-year-old Japanese man underwent surgery for “acute appendix problems,” as announced this Wednesday by the second division soccer team.

Tanaka is the third Düsseldorf player with the most minutes played in the league this season. In the current season he scored seven goals in all competitions, including the cup quarterfinal match against FC St. Pauli.

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Bayer Leverkusen's successes are also closely followed in the coach's country. Before Wednesday's cup semi-final, the Bundesliga leaders against Fortuna Düsseldorf (20:45/ZDF and Sky) also arrived Spanish Journalist at the press conference in Rhineland. Xabi Alonso responded good-naturedly to his questions in Spanish and then patiently translated them, along with the answers, for the German journalists.

The 42-year-old translated “family and friends” when asked what he misses most about Spain right now: “But it's the last two months until summer. When I'm on vacation, I want to come back with a success and something to celebrate.” Which means something like: With a title!

Alonso currently has several options open. “But we still have to go the rest of the way,” he said: “In the cup, in the Bundesliga and a little more in the Europa League.” There Leverkusen is in the quarterfinals against West Ham United. They lead the Bundesliga with a 13-point advantage, in the cup they are the last first division team in the semifinals. “At the moment many people in Spain follow Bayer Leverkusen,” said the Basque Alonso: “They want to see us and enjoy our football. And they are happy to see that we can develop a good idea and be successful.”

In addition to Alonso, who as a player was a world champion and two-time European champion with the Spanish team and is also considered a candidate for long-term coach at Real Madrid, other Spaniards are part of Bayer's success story. The club's coach, Fernando Carro, was born in Barcelona, ​​​​left-back Alejandro Grimaldo joined the Spanish team through Leverkusen at the age of 28, striker Borja Iglesias arrived on loan to Rhineland in the winter and there are also three Spanish assistants . on Alonso's staff.



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