Friday, March 23, 2012

You want Drama? Greuther Furth vs BVB: German Pokal 2012 Semis

The Setting: German Pokal (German Domestic Cup) Semi-finals

Protagonists: 1.Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund vs 2. Bundesliga leaders SpVgg Greuther Furth
{Both teams yet to concede a goal so far in the Cup}

Venue: Furth, Bavaria, Germany {where Furth have won their last six home games}

Scenario: A goalless 90 minutes was not enough to separate the two teams. Deep in extra-time, Furth Coach Michael Buskens replaces starting goalkeeper Max Grun with Jasmin Fejzic, deeming Fejzic to be a better penalty stopper.

It does not go to penalties. At exactly 1:19:55, substitute Ilkay Gundogan fires a shot which hit the post, only to hit the back of the unfortunate Fejzic into the Furth net.

Cue celebrations from the Dortmund players.
Cue scenes of despair from Furth and its fans, perhaps including the Azkals' Stephan Schrock, who was injured.
Cue scenes of Dortmund Coach Jurgen Klopp celebrating and perhaps gesturing to his opposite number: You think it would go to penalties, huh? Keep your 'penalty keeper' in the bench. We're ending this one!

Gotta love Klopp's celebrations. No wonder Chelsea are interested. (Klopp turned them down after the game).

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