| SpVgg Greuther Fürth - Borussia Dortmund 0:1 (0:0)|
|Season 2011/2012, Matchday 1, 20.03.2012 20:30|
|1-0 in the 120th minute: Gündogan sends BVB to Berlin|
|[20.03.] Borussia Dortmund are, for the fifth time in the club´s history, in the final of the German Cup where they will meet either Borussia Mönchengladbach or Bayern Munich on 12 May. Ilkay Gündogan scored the winner for the German champions in the final minute of extra time after the game had finished 0-0 after 90 minutes. The goal laid a significant ´bogey´ as they finally won, at the sixth attempt, a semi-final cup game away from home.|
|Reporting from Fürth, Boris Rupert|
A sell-out 15,500 crowd in the Trolli-Arena saw BVB have the majority of chances in the first 90 minutes. Amongst them, Kagawa headed over on 31 minutes, then Großkreutz was denied by a fantastic Grün save on 56 minutes. The eventual winner was finally scored by Gündogan with the very last attack of the game when his shot from the edge of the box went in off the post and then the back of substitute ´keeper Fejzic´s back!
First in the second versus first in the first division of German football. It was a duel between the only two teams not to have conceded a goal in this season´s competition. Greuther Fürth, favourites to go up, had lost just one of their last 12 games and won each of their last six games at home. BVB arrived having won 11 and drawn one of their last 12 games.
Schröck and Onuegbu missed out for the home side whilst BVB coach Jürgen Klopp once again had to do without the services of Götze. He made one change from the team that had beaten Bremen 1-0 at the weekend with Bender playing in midfield instead of Gündogan to join Kehl in the holding role.
Fürth´s 4-4-2 was up against the now so familiar 4-2-3-1 BVB line up. Width was very much sought after in the BVB set up, and yet both teams began keen not to let the game get beyond them too quickly.
The Game and Analysis:
|Kevin Großkreutz brought down by Fürth's Bernd Nehrig.|
The first half was very much a tactical battle with no-one wanting to make a mistake which allowed the best two defences in their respective leagues to enjoy complete control. The first real attempt on goal came in the 16th minute when a Kehl header was comfortably pouched by the ´keeper. Not long after Lewandowski was just about to pull the trigger when Kleine charged in to clear.
Gradually, with about half of the first period gone, BVB managed to gain some control and duly created a few chances. Just after the half-hour a delightful cross from Piszczek was nodded on by Großkreutz to Kagawa whose effort, as he fell, sailed over the bar. Four minutes later Lewandowski failed to capitalise on a great ball from Kuba.
BVB enjoyed a lot of success down their right flank and so it was from there that Kuba fired a cross into the box only to see Nehrig deny the waiting Großkreutz and deflect for a corner. The Polish captain then had a go himself but didn´t connect properly and it was soon half-time with BVB having had seven attempts on goal to the home side´s none.
The second half began with a bit of panic in front of the BVB goal when a Schmelzer clearance found Klaus, but he was too surprised to capitalise. At the other end Lewandowski chased down a long ball and, having held off Mavraj, proceeded to dribble him silly before crossing to Großkreutz whose header was superbly saved by Grün in the home goal. Just two minutes later it was Großkreutz the provider as he pulled back a ball from the goal-line only to see Kagawa fail to connect cleanly and slide the ball wide.
|Sebastian Kehl beats Olivier Occean to the ball.|
As the game wore on it became something of a typical cup battle. The home side battled hard but also required a bit of luck when Großkreutz, having reacted quickest to a Kleine error, was only able to send his shot wide on 71 minutes. As for the home side, they created their first meaningful chance on 78 minutes when Occean headed a Nehrig cross over the bar. So it was, then, that despite having won 56% of all tackles and created 15 to 3 shots on goal, BVB were taken into extra time. Sporting Director Michael Zorc was philosophical, "If you don´t take your chances, then you are going to have to accept extra time."
Extra-time was awash with wary football, passes going astray and everyone having one eye on penalties. With two minutes to go, Büskens sent on his substitute ´keeper Jasmin Fejzic in a move which suggested he was coming on to play a part in the shoot-out. However, Fejzic was about to have a nightmare two minutes; a long clearance by Weidenfeller found Gündogan and his shot found the net having first hit a post then bounced in off the back of the substitute ´keeper...
Teams & Goals
DFB Cup, Semi-Final
SPVGG GREUTHER FÜRTH - BORUSSIA DORTMUND 0-1 (0-0, 0-0)
Greuther Fürth: Grün - Nehrig, Kleine, Mavraj, Schmidtgal - Fürstner, Prib - Klaus, Sararer - Occean, Nöthe
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Bender, Kehl - Kuba, Kagawa, Großkreutz - Lewandowski
Substitutions: 69. Zillner for Nöthe, 85. Asamoah for Klaus, 118. Fejzic for Grün - 70. Barrios for Kagawa, 82. Gündogan for Bender, 106. Perisic for Lewandowski
Goal: 0-1 Gündogan (120., Weidenfeller)
Corners: 3:5 (HT 1-4, after 90 mins 3:4), Chances: 1-7 (0-3, 1-6).
Referee: Meyer (Burgdorf), Yellow cards: Nehrig, Schmidtgal, Prib, Occean - Lewandowski, Subotic, Barrios
Attendance: 15.500 (sold out). Weather: clear, 9 degrees
BVB return to Bundesliga action on Sunday with a visit to Cologne.