Eric Oelschlägel almost became the cup hero on his professional debut, but in the end it wasn't to be as Werder Bremen claimed a penalty shootout victory. It was an "emotional day" that "hasn't sunk in yet" for the 23-year-old shot-stopper. Coach Lucien Favre said: "We played with patience. It was difficult to find the gaps."
Lucien Favre: "It was no surprise that it was going to be a difficult match against Werder Bremen. After Bremen took an early lead, we controlled the game. They played very compactly. It was difficult to find the gaps. We played with patience and the equaliser at 1-1 before the break was deserved. Bremen were always dangerous. The goal we conceded at 3-3 was a little unnecessary but that's all part of sport – as are illnesses for our players in February. We hope Marco Reus can play on Saturday. But we cannot say for sure at present. We'll carry out a test the day after tomorrow."
Eric Oelschlägel: "It was an emotional day for me. It hasn't sunk in yet. It's still fresh in my mind. For me, it's a dream come true. The outcome of the match is very annoying, there's obviously a sense of frustration there. It was only this morning that the goalkeeping coach told me I'd play. I had a few good moments, but the team made it easy for me too. Ultimately, for me personally, I'm able to draw a positive conclusion." (tl)