Berlin-Bound Bayern Defeat Borussia On Penalties In DFB Pokal Semifinal


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Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN of Bayern Munich shields the ball from Borussia Moenchengladbach veteran midfielder JUAN ARANGO (18), the 31-year-old who has compiled 103 caps and 19 goals for the national team of Venezuela in his career, during the closely-contested D.F.B. Pokal semifinal match in front of a sold-out crowd at Borussia Park in the central-western German state of North-Rhine Westphalia.
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An epic struggle between two of the Bundesliga’s best defensive sides this season produced, perhaps not so surprisingly, a scoreless draw followed by a dramatic penalty kick shootout during which a world-class goalkeeper showed why exactly his club had shelled out a such a considerable pile of money for his services this past summer as record German Cup-winner BAYERN MUNICH defeated BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH in the semifinal of the Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal.

Bayern Munich, who have lifted the D.F.B. Pokal no less than 15 times in club history since winning a first back in 1957, arrived at Borussia Park having scored a whopping 20 goals on their last three outings in all competitions. Host Borussia Moenchengladbach, on the other hand, are tied for the best record in the Bundesliga having conceded just 16 goals in 26 top flight matches this term. The one fact staring die Fohlen in the face prior to kickoff was their all-time record opposite the visiting Bavarians in the D.F.P. Pokal — five losses and one draw.

Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS of Bayern Munich cranked a low, curling drive from just outside the box off the base of the right post in the sixth minute to rattle some nerves in North Rhine-Westphalia. But youthful Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper MARC-ANDRE TER STEGEN stayed cool and kept out a header from Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ with a sensational flying save shortly thereafter. At the other end, the Bavarians needed Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER to deal with threats from national team constituent MARCO REUS, who easily leads Borussia Moenchengladbach with 14 Bundesliga goals this season, and Belgium international defender FILIP DAEMS in the first half.

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Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ (33) of Bayern Munich, who leads the Bundesliga with 22 goals this season and has netted thirty-five times in all competitions for the Bavarians this term, attempts to round Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 19-year-old goalkeeper MARC-ANDRE TER STEGEN during the Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal semifinal match at Borussia Park.
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Bona-fide chances became fewer and fewer as the match wore along. Ter Stegen continued his good form and halted efforts from Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN, who had scored seven goals in his last four matches for Bayern Munich heading into the D.F.B. Pokal semifinal with Borussia Moenchengladbach, and Gomez at point-blank range. Neuer, meanwhile, pulled off the Save of the Game by stopping Reus in a one-on-one situation with just over six minutes remaining.

Extra-time failed to produce a result and so, as was the case in the Finale of the 1984 Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal, the two teams required penalties to settle the this semifinal Cup tie.

All of the shooters for Bayern Munich — 19-year-old Austria international DAVID ALABA, France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, Germany World Cup defender and club captain PHILIPP LAHM as well as Kroos — had little trouble bulging the back of the net. Brazilian defender DANTE, who has been the subject of rumors revolving around a possible move to Bavaria in the summer, put Borussia Moenchengladbach behind the eight-ball by failing to his the target. Once Neuer blocked Norway international midfielder HAVARD NORDVEIT with his legs, Bayern Munich had booked its ticket to Berlin.

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Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Bayern Munich, the major acquisition costing 18.0 million Euros from current Cup holders Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen this past summer, snatches the loose ball to complete a spectacular save and stop Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Germany international MARCO REUS (11) from scoring a late match-winner in the 84th minute of the dramatic Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal semifinal match at sold-out Borussia Park in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH : ter Stegen – Jantschke, Stranzl (Brouwers 62′), Dante, Daems – Neustaedter, Nordveit – Wendt (Hermann 62′), Arango – Reus, Hanke (De Camargo 75′)

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba – Luiz Gustavo, Kroos – Robben, Mueller (Petersen 106′), Ribery – Gomez (Olic 100′)

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