Berlin, Germany (Weltexpress). To anticipate it: Bayer 04 Leverkusen, SV Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt managed to get one leg further in the DFB Cup in the games on Wednesday.
Dying swan or Heiko Herrlich plays at Norbert Meier
For some, the show performance of Heiko Herrlich, the head coach of the former “Farbenfabrik” club and today’s Leverkusen pills company, was simply embarrassing, for others the expressive dance solo was simply a swallow.
Older semester thought, Herrlich was impersonating Norbert Meier. He simulated as coach of the “Meidericher Spielverein” a serious injury, after previously the player Albert Streit from 1 FC Cologne placed a clumsy clout. The theatrical downfall as head coach of MSV Duisburg men’s team brought Meier the dismissal.
Will Herrlich, after impersonating the dying swan in the cup game at Möchengladbach in the 75th minute after a slight touch with Denis Zakaria, be fired like Meier in Duisburg? This is hardly to be assumed, because nowadays all rags, whether in politics or sport, can, with a bit of repentance, stay on. Herrlich explained at the press conference after the match, that it “happened in the affect” and certainly looked “stupid”. He then sort of apologized.
The DFB control committee will “review” the behaviour of the 46-year-old, we were told by the German Football Association (DFB).
Incidentally, the thrilling cup match went 1-0 to Leverkusen. Leon Baily shoots Leverkusen into the quarterfinals.
Eintracht Frankfurt, a first division team, had as opponent a team from the second division, 1. FC Heidenheim. After the first half, it stood 0-0. Even after 90 minutes no goal had fallen. In extra time a player of Heidenheim and two of Frankfurt scored. Mijat Gacinovic and Sebastien Haller were those responsible for the 2-1 away in the round of 16.
In Bremens Weserstadion Werder did not lose this cup match either. The last defeat on the Weser was in 1988. With 0:1 the green-whites lost last century against Eintracht Frankfurt. Against SC Freiburg SVW won 3: 2 after a dream start by Bremen. Ishak Belfodil scored to make it 1:0 after just three minutes. Florian Kainz made it 2:0 (20). Nils Petersen shot from the penalty spot, the 2:1 for SC before the break (28). Although Werder should have had to lead higher, there were plenty of opportunities, but only Philipp Bargfrede increased with a controversial goal to 3:1. Yoric Ravet with his 3:2 only appeared to show some make-up for the “Free Bourgeois” coached by Christian Streich.
Bayern beating Borussia
All this and much more we saw on the screen in the Hofbräu Berlin. The highlight on the first floor of the tavern on the Karl-Liebknecht-Straße was, despite the dying swan, the game of FC Bayern München against Borussia Dortmund. In the end, the many Bayern supporters in their great fan tavern were happy about the deserved 2-1 victory.
From the beginning, one wave after wave rolled on the Dortmund goal guarded by Roman Bürki. That the score was no more then 2:0 after 45 minutes, was flattering from the guests’ point of view. München, having to do without Arjen Robben and Mats Hummel, should have won with several goals difference. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was missing on side of BVB this time due to injury. Jerome Boateng headed after a standard situation the ball 1:0 into the goal. The Borussia were right out of it, so that even Thomas Müller managed to score. Only 2: 0 at halftime despite numerous great chances then.
After the tea break, the host continued where he left off. The assault lasted for a while, but ebbed off when champion coach Josef Heynckes replaced Franck Ribéry. For Jupp that was really a wrong decision. For as soon as Andrey Yarmolenko scored the one down goal (77), bedlam arose. The FCB trembled and saved itself over time. In over time, the tide might have turned…
Happy end. We raised a tankard of original Hofbräu beer. Cheers!
Christoph Prescott based on a text by Ralf-Rüdiger Okudera.