Fourth-tier FC Saarbrucken continue their miracle German Cup run by stunning Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf to reach the semi-finals after dramatic shootout that saw TWENTY penalties taken
- Tobias Janicke opened the scoring to the delight of the packed-out stadium
- Saarbrucken’s goalkeeper Daniel Batz was on fine form and saved a late penalty
- Dusseldorf equalised through an injury time corner to send the tie to extra time
- A penalty shootout was required and Saarbrucken won after 20 penalties
- Saarbrucken play in the south-west league and qualified by winning a local cup
Fourth-division side FC Saarbrucken have stunned the Bundesliga’s Fortuna Dusseldorf after a dramatic sudden death penalty shootout in the quarter finals of the German Cup.
Saarbrucken, who only qualified for the tournament by winning their regional Saarland Cup, took their esteemed opposition to penalties and had been leading until the dying minutes of normal time.
The game was then taken to a penalty shootout and an incredible 20 penalties were required to separate the two sides, meaning every outfield player stepped up to the spot.
The south-west regional league have now defeated a top-tier opponent for the second time in their incredible run to the semi-finals of the domestic cup, the most coveted German knockout tournament, and they could now face Bayern Munich in the last four.
Fourth-division side FC Saarbrucken have reached the semi-finals of the German Cup
Saarbrucken’s Tobias Janicke opened the scoring after converting an incisive counter attack
Daniel Batz dived low to his right to save an 83rd minute penalty and deny an equaliser
But Dusseldorf equalised in injury time with a corner which was assisted by their goalkeeper
A shootout was required and Batz was the hero as Saarbrucken won after 20 penalties
Tobias Janicke opened the scoring for the home side after he converted an incisive counter attack midway through the first half to send the fans into a frenzy.
At the other end, goalkeeper Daniel Batz produced a string of stunning saves to deny the Bundesliga side on countless occasions.
And in the 83rd minute, Dusseldorf were awarded a penalty but yet again they could not find a way past Batz who dived low to his right to push the ball away to safety.
Dusseldorf, who have won the tournament twice and are currently managed by former Manchester City player and Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler, struggled to break down the stubborn Saarbrucken wall.
But they finally broke through when an injury time corner was converted by Mathias Jorgensen after it was nodded towards him by Dusseldorf’s goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier who had come up for the set piece, sending the tie to extra time.
Players walked out to flares before the quarter-final clash of the DFB-Pokal in Saarbrucken
The players celebrated in front of the unimpressed Fortuna Dusseldorf supporters
Goalkeeper Daniel Batz produced a series of stunning saves to keep Saarbrucken in the tie
After a goalless 30 minutes, the tie was taken to a penalty shootout with a semi-final spot on the line.
Saarbrucken missed their first spot-kick before Dusseldorf missed their third to level the scores after six penalties.
But the home side missed again and appeared to be heading out before Batz dramatically pushed Dusseldorf’s fifth penalty on to the post to take the shootout to sudden death.
The match was a sellout with tickets trading for 1,200 euros before the anticipated clash
Batz is mobbed after saving an 83rd minute penalty to keep the tie at 1-0 to the home side
Saarbrucken play at the Hermann-Neuberger-Stadion as their ground is being rebuilt
Dusseldorf equalised in injury time after Mathias Jorgensen scored from a late corner
The David versus Goliath clash was played out in front of a packed out Hermann-Neuberger-Stadion in Volklingen, where the 10 euro tickets were being resold for as much as 1,200 euros
In this year’s tournament, Saarbrucken have previously defeated the Bundesliga’s FC Koln as well as second-tier sides Karlsruher SC and SSV Jahn Regensburg.
Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Florian Kastenmeier saves a penalty during a dramatic shootout
Many Saarbrucken players were unable to watch the sudden death shootout unfold
A number of times the home side appeared to be heading out before Batz kept them in it
Saarbrucken could now face Bayern Munich in the final four of the domestic competition
In total, 64 teams compete in the DFB-Pokal, including all 36 teams in the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga, and the top four finishers in the 3. Liga.
Of the remaining slots, 21 are given to the winners of their regional cup competitions, and the final three are awarded to the three regional associations with the most men’s teams.
The winner of the cup automatically qualifies for the group stage of the Europa League, and faces the Bundesliga winner in the DFL-Supercup.
Holders Bayern Munich are at Schalke in the evening’s other fixture. Bayer Leverkusen entertain Union Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt are at home to Werder Bremen in Wednesday’s quarter-finals.
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