The club’s sporting director and the players could not hide their disappointment in the immediate aftermath of the game, Mats Hummels’ “goal” very much at the forefront of their minds. That said, Oliver Kirch was still able to calmly comment, “It was an even game which the luckier team eventually won.” The post-match reactions.
Michael Zorc: “We clearly scored a goal. That would have made it 1-0. We weren’t at our best in the first half, couldn’t get into the game. We were much better in the second half. Had the goal been awarded, it would have given us a huge advantage. It was pretty clear even with the naked eye that the ball was well over the line. It remains crucial, though, that we continue to campaign against goal-line technology. But why were there no extra officials by the goal? This time we are the victims. It’s disappointing that a game, a cup final, should be decided by such a mistake. One should concede that Bayern made better use of their possession while we found it difficult to find our game and get forward. But in the end goals win matches. And we scored one…”
Oliver Kirch: “Bayern set up a little differently compared to the recent league game. It’s fair to say that we didn’t find our rhythm as we would have liked but I felt the game became more evenly matched as the game wore on. It was, then, an even contest won by the luckier team. At the time I was sure Mats had scored. And the pictures seem to confirm that fact.”
Marcel Schmelzer: “That “goal” makes losing all the more painful. It’s a shame that such a big game is decided by such a situation. We’ve only recently had talks about the use of goal-line technology. All those that voted against should maybe feel the emotions we are going through now. It was a pretty even game. At half-time we had to concede that we had not been able to impose our game as we would have liked. It was pretty clear that the first goal was going to be crucial. Maybe after Robben’s goal we could have remained a bit calmer. But in fairness, we had actually scored the first goal. We weren’t the worse team, it was all very even. We have pretty much achieved all that we set out to do this season, we have just failed to round things off with a trophy.”
Nuri Sahin: “It was an open game, a typical “1-0” game, if you like. Whoever scored first would win. We scored first but it was chalked off. So we are left with nothing but to offer our congratulations to Bayern. I think the game would have unfolded differently had Mats’ goal counted. It is almost daft. We live in the modern world and had modern technology been in place we would have been a goal up. I do think the debate should be re-opened, maybe.”
Roman Weidenfeller: “The fact that we had scored a perfectly good goal in normal time makes it so much harder to accept this defeat. That said, there was still plenty of time after they scored for us to get back into the game, but it’s clear that today something was missing, that something that we have had recently, that allowed us to win in Munich. At the end of the day, though, that “goal” was the defining moment of the game.”
Compiled by Dennis-Julian Gottschlich and Felix Ulrich