Road to DFB Pokal Final

Posted on May 20, 2011

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THIS season’s DFB Pokal final puts Bundesliga side Schalke 04 against Rhur district neighbours MSV Duisburg from Bundesliga.2.

Both teams have enjoyed some impressive results on the road to Berlin and Duisburg will be hoping to round-off a dream run to the final by toppling Champions League semi-finalists Schalke.

Schalke 04 – Road to Berlin

Aalen 1-2 Schalke: Schalke pulled through their first test in the DFB Pokal away to 3.Liga side Aalen.

Jefferson Farfan scored twice in five minutes to put Schalke two goals ahead and the Royal Blues held on despite a late penalty from Aalen.

FSV Frankfurt 0-1 Schalke: Felix Magath’s side were struggling in the Bundesliga and sneaked past FSV Frankfurt with Spanish midfielder Jurado scoring the only goal of the game on 12 minutes.

Augsburg 0-1 Schalke: Just before the winter break, Schalke endured their toughest test of the tournament so far against high-flying Augsburg.

The home side completed their campaign by securing promotion to the Bundesliga last week but they could not capitalise on a number of good chances against Schalke with Farfan snatching the win six minutes from time.

Schalke 3-2 Nurnberg (AET): Step forward teenager Julian Draxler who scored the winning goal on his debut just a minute from the end in extra time.

Nurnberg took the lead on four minutes through Julian Schieber but that was cancelled out by Schalke defender Gavranovic who equalised ten minutes later.

Schieber doubled the lead for the away side and an improved second-half performance resulted in Schalke pulling the game back to 2-2 through Ivan Rakitic.

This enthralling quarter-final was completed by a wonderful goal from Julian Draxler who came on just four minutes earlier.

FC Bayern 0-1 Schalke: Schalke booked a place in Berlin with a surprise victory in Munich against FC Bayern.

Die Konigsblauen were struggling in the Bundesliga and Felix Magath would not have much longer in the job, but Raul’s goal on 15 minutes was enough for the away side to progress to the final.

MSV Duisburg – Road to Berlin

VfL Lubeck 0-2 Duisburg: MSV’s DFB Pokal campaign started away back in August and in front of over 5,000 fans they beat Regionalliga Nord side VfL Lubeck.

Lubeck defender Moritz Marheineke opened the scoring for Duisburg with an own-goal and the Bundesliga.2 side capped off the win with an injury-time goal from Schaffler.

Hallescher 0-3 Duisburg: Milan Sasic’s big-guns were on form to see-off Hallescher from the same division as their previous opponents Lubeck.

Stefan Maierhofer got two goals, his first on eight minutes before doubling his goal-tally on 33 minutes, and then the win was complete by Bosnian Grlic who is a doubt for Saturday’s final.

Koln 1-2 Duisburg: An inspired performance from Duisburg against Bundesliga’s FC Koln in the RheinEnergieStadion in front of a capacity crowd – expecting a home win.

But Maierhofer opened the scoring on three minutes to silence the home fans and Duisburg edged ever closer to the next round with a goal on 76 minutes from Julian Koch.

Simon Terrode pulled a goal back for Koln but Duisburg held on to progress to the quarter finals.

Duisburg 2-0 Kaiserslutern: Duisburg dismantled another Bundesliga side on the way to the final by beating Kaiserslutern 2-0 at home.

Duisburg were by far the better team and shocked their Bundesliga opponents just nine minutes before half-time when Branimir Brajic opened the scoring for the Bundesliga.2 side.

Slovenian Goran Sulako clinched a semi-final place with a second goal on 58 minutes to leave the 20,000 strong home crowd in raptures.

Duisburg 2-1 Energie Cottbus: MSV and Cottbus were competing for a play-off position in the Bundesliga.2 and they met again in the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal with a place in Berlin at stake.

And it was the home side who came out on top through goals from Maierhofer and Baljak, and despite a goal from FC Bayern’s new signing Nils Petersen, MSV held on and celebrated with their fans at the final whistle.

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