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March 2, 2011
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: F. Meyer
• Attendance: 69000
DAS SPIEL IST AUS!!! SCHALKE IN THE FINAL!! Huge celebrations from the visitors, especially from Raul, whose 15th minute goal has settled this enthralling and engaging semi-final. It's Bayern who are eliminated at the semi-final stage - the players are crestfallen. Schalke deservedly advance thanks to a superb defensive rearguard and a well-worked set-piece goal. Finally something for the Gelsenkirchen giants to smile about. They face Duisburg in the final. Thanks for joining us. Take care and until next time Auf Wiedersehen.
90' + 3'
Kluge bursts into the box and looks to cross from the by-line - Schweinsteiger makes the block and die Knappen have a corner. Magath is up off the bench and looking very tense. Schalke take it very short and look to waste time in the corner. They then win a throw. Not long left...
90' + 2'
After Farfan's foul, Kroos floats the free-kick in and it's headed away as Schalke come on the counter. Farfan is tripped as Lahm leaves his feet there in the path of the winger and Lahm is booked.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Philipp Lahm
90' + 1'
Schmitz's throw-in defeats Breno with the bounce and Raul nips in ahead. He comes inside the Brazilian who recovers with an excellent foot in there otherwise Raul was all set to put this tie beyond the holders.
The high ball is flung into the box and again Neuer is calm, assured, confident, decisive and safe. Three minutes of stoppage time stand between Schalke and the Pokal final in Berlin in May.
Speaking of killing time, Annan comes off for the final few minutes to be replaced by Papadopoulos, the 18-year old, who looks an excellent talent.
Raul has been walking a tightrope all evening, perhaps as a result of being wound-up, perhaps as a result of the occasion. He commits another foul on the touchline to kill a few more seconds.
Schalke holding on now for dear life as Bayern launch wave after wave after wave of attacks with long balls catapulted into the penalty box. Can they stand firm for the remainder of the game? With shots like the latest tame effort from Ribery straight at Neuer they can.
Robben retrieves the ball on the right. He finds Kroos who dinks the ball into the danger zone. It's on a plate for any number of Bayern players to shoot the ball into the net but Schweinsteiger, who has the best chance, ultimately fails to make any meaningful contact. Bayern come again and the ball falls to Ribery on the penalty spot but he shoots straight at Neuer, who parries the ball down in front of him and holds on as it bounces up again.
Raul almost works wonders in holding the ball, away from three defenders around him but Pranjic nips in from behind and wins it off the Spaniard.
The resulting free-kick is punted into the box but hacked away. Bayern going more direct now and van Buyten - the proverbial kitchen sink - will have a significant role to play in these desperation tactics.
Yellow Card Anthony Annan
Annan is yellow carded for a trip on Van Buyten, whom he caught as the Belgian looked to take down a ball, which skipped off the turf.
Daniel Van Buyten
Daniel van Buyten enters the field in place of Luiz Gustavo.
Bayern clamour for a penalty kick after an incredible melee inside the box. Schalke counter with Farfan and van Buyten cuts the ball out. Uchida definitely makes contact with Gomez from behind but there is insufficient contact according to Florian Meyer for a penalty to be awareded. A very controversial moment indeed.
Sarpei comes off for Lukas Schmitz in a like for like replacement with younger legs for Schalke as we enter the closing stages.
Klose finds a great deal of space on the right then looks to put the ball one side of Matip and run around the other. He is stopped in his tracks by the Cameroonian but denied the free-kick, to the surprise of the veteran.
Breno's diagonal ball evades Robben, who cannot quite keep it in despite his pace. He then returns it back to Neuer so that the game can proceed as quickly as possible.
Bayern looking to pile on the pressure but Schalke stand firm. Brilliant turn of speed from Pranjic to get away from two defenders before he crosses low into the box. Matip gets the ball behind for a corner, which is then headed away in acrobatic style at the near post.
And so Klose comes on for the final quarter-hour in place of Mueller with Bayern hoping the 50-goal man for Germany can sneak a goal. Klose also has scored 121 times in 297 Bundesliga games for Lautern, Bremen and Bayern.
Almost an incredible blunder from Kraft - well it was but it didn't cost Bayern. Kraft came out to intercept the loose ball - he takes a very careless touch and Farfan nips in ahead of the defender. He then wastefully lifts his effort over the crossbar and fails to punish Kraft's carelessness.
After a ridiculously lax clearance from Sarpei, Kroos looks to rediscover his penchant for long-range shooting. It's a decent effort on his right peg by Neuer makes a comfortable save to his left.
The last time Bayern lost two successive home games was at the Olympiastadion in spring 2001 courtesy of Werder Bremen and Schalke - both of those reverses were in the Bundesliga.
Luiz Gustavo limps off having taken a blow to the thigh from Matip's challenge. Klose is now ready to come on.
Schalke win another free-kick on the right. Again, Farfan is in command. His powerful strike hits the wall. It falls eventually to Raul who is penalised for offside after an almighty scramble for the ball, from which Luiz Gustavo has emerged worst off. He is now being attended to after Breno called on the medical staff.
The ensuing free-kick is cleared by Metzelder and Schalke counter with Draxler, who is robbed by Robben, who sprinted back to help out in defence. Still no Klose but it looks like a matter of time.
Uchida very fortunate to escape a second yellow for cynical play off the ball to stop Ribery making the through ball - just as I said he was keeping his head!
The crowd hiss in unison as they disagree with the decision to penalise Ribery for another foul on Uchida, who has kept it together since picking up a yellow card. Uchida trips Ribery off the ball and Ribery immediately sprints to the Japanese defender. As he approaches the Schalke defender to let fly, Meyer steps in in the nick of time.
A dramatic collision has injected some life into the crowd. Neuer and Robben collide as both go for the long-ball over the top. Neuer gets there first and takes a clean catch. Robben is unable to stop himself and the momentum takes him into the 'keeper but nevertheless he is booked for a crude challenge, which he did not do everything in his power to prevent.
Yellow Card Arjen Robben
Poor awareness from both Gomez and Ribery who were caught a good three yards offside from Kroos' ball over the top of the defence. It will be interesting to see for whom Klose comes on. Mueller has been a peripheral figure this evening.
Luiz Gustavo shows Farfan the ball then takes it away from him and is tripped for his troubles by the winger. Miro Klose is getting himself ready to come on in the next couple of minutes.
Schalke return the ball to Bayern, as is the protocol in such situations, and the champions embark upon another sustained spell of possession in search of the all too important equaliser.
Schalke want a corner but Breno does exceptionally well against Raul, who is angry when the decision does not fall in his favour. Kluge sportingly puts the ball out of play when Luiz Gustavo falls to the ground. He was caught on the back of the leg by Joel Matip.
Uchida comes inside and finds Draxler. Patient play from Schalke leads to Raul being isolated in the corner, where he does well to win a throw, which Sarpei will take, though not in any great haste.
WHAT A CHANCE FOR BAYERN!!! Superb free-kick from Robben, for which Schalke have no answer. Luiz Gustavo throws himself at the ball but somehow fails to make contact with either head or foot and the visitors breathe a colossal sigh of relief. Gomez was in there as well but he too failed to get a touch.
17-year old Julian Draxler, who scored a stunner against Nuernberg earlier in the competition, replaces Jose Manuel Jurado.
Kroos spreads the play beautifully to Robben on the right - he comes inside as ever and is stopped in his tracks by illegal means when Annan trips the flying winger.
Pranjic with the shot on his left peg from a tightish angle causes no problems for Neuer. Just to confirm, it's an all Brazilian central defence pairing now for Bayern with Breno and Luiz Gustavo.
Schalke win a corner down their right but Farfan's near-post corner is headed wide by Metzelder. Draxler is readying himself to come on for Schalke.
First change of the game and it's an attacking move. Toni Kroos comes on for Tymoschuk, with Luiz Gustavo probably moving back to central defence and Kroos slotting into midfield.
Excellent play from Bayern along the edge of the penalty box as they always kept the ball moving from alive. Ribery looked up, found Gomez, who rolled the ball into the path of Robben. The Dutchman opened his body out and went for the bottom right-hand corner and was not that far away although Neuer had it covered in all honesty.
Ribery looks to jink inside between Uchida and Farfan but the Japanese does very well to get a foot in and he denies Riba once again at the second time of asking.
Ribery looks to jink inside between Uchida and Farfan but the Japanese does very well to get a foot in and he denies Riba once again at the second time of asking.
From open play, Neuer is in the right place at the right time to deny Schweinsteiger. The midfielder headed the cross towards goal. Neuer, who was going in the other direction, stuck out a left-hand and was able to parry the ball down for himself. Fortunately for Germany's number one, the header was not travelling at great speed.
Neuer feigns to come, goes back and then does come after all, punching the ball clear with both fists.
Yellow Card Atsuto Uchida
Ribery takes the ball forward down the left and looks for Robben with a looping cross to the near post, which Neuer cuts out. From the next phase of play, Lahm is tripped by Uchida, who earns a yellow card for catching the Bayern skipper's ankles.
Breno grimaces as he is called up for a foul on Raul, whose movement is always a joy to watch. Farfan it is with the free-kick but Breno atones for his earlier misdemeanour by heading away.
Ribery finds the two-man wall set up by Neuer before Pranjic's subsequent cross from the left is cleared by Hoewedes. Bayern again are being proactive but they are not finding it facile against a well-drilled and motivated Schalke rearguard. Perhaps rumoured Dortmund target Miro Klose could make a difference or Toni Kroos, both of whom are on the bench, with the latter warming up.
Farfan does not hide his frustration as he is (rightly) penalised for craftily tripping Schweinsteiger from behind just outside the box. Ribery is lining up the free-kick - perfect angle for the right-footer to whip it in.
Excellent delivery from Robben to the back post and it finds Schweinsteiger, who recently scored his first header against Mainz. This time, he makes clean enough contact but it's straight at Neuer.
Lovely reverse ball from Robben to Lahm who was coming down the right on the overlap. Annan does well to get back and make a sliding challenge. Corner to Bayern.
Robben drifts infield and looks to spray the ball left. Uchida cuts it out before he gives the ball away. Pranjic's subsequent cross is into the danger zone and it somehow evades first Gomez at the near post and then Robben at the back stick, who somehow failed to make contact, even if Sarpei was putting him under pressure.
Welcome back for the second-half. Neither coach has opted to make any alterations at the interval. It's Schalke who kick us off.
The half-time whistle blows and the crowd unleash a chorus of disapproving boos. Raul's header has given Schalke the lead at half-time and the visitors have kept Bayern at bay thanks to some excellent defence. Join us in 15 for the second-half.
45' + 1'
Swung in by Ribery to the near post, the free-kick is then headed away by the impressive Hoewedes. Gomez is penalised a few moments later for a foul although he cannot really understand why Florian Meyer blew his whistle.
Another Robben cross, which is too deep and half-retrieved by Ribery before the Frenchman puts the ball out of play owing to an errant touch. One minute of added on time and Bayern have a free-kick after Matip's foul.
Robben tries another cross into the box from the right but again Neuer anticipates the Dutchman's intentions well and he clutches the ball to his chest under no pressure whatsoever. Bayern looking for an equaliser before the half-time interval here to tilt not only the score but the mental balance of this game.
Robben attempts to slide the ball into the penalty box for Mueller however Metzelder is there with another timely interception. Schweinsteiger shrugs his shoulders as he fouls Hoewedes with the two vying for the ball.
Mueller's cross is blocked - it comes to Robben who tries to inject some tempo but his shot is then blocked by Kluge, who has been everywhere tonight.
Ribery breaks away from Uchida and Hoewedes but his cross is just a touch overhit and the cavalry cannot quite get there on time. The ball goes out for a throw on the left, taken by Sarpei.
The ball almost breaks to Gomez inside the penalty box but Hoewedes, on the ground, shows excellent presence of mind to hook the ball away from the striker. Hoewedes is having an excellent first-half at the back, as is Metzelder, who has oft been the subject of intense criticism this season.
Another niggly foul from Pranjic and Schalke have another free-kick on the right, which is dealt with in more convincing fashion this time. Bayern counter with Robben but sensing the lack of opportunities for a quick brek, plays it inside to Breno and Bayern build more patiently.
Uchida gets his own back on Ribery but the retribution earns Bayern a free-kick. Metzelder heads Riba's delivery clear to Breno. Farfan has to be back defending to make an extra man and he hacks the ball upfield into the Bayern half.
...Gomez heads it behind for a corner. Jurado plays it short before the cross is delivered. MUELLER HEADS OFF THE LINE - Hoewedes, who set up the first goal, is denied!! Deft header from the centre-back from ten, eleven yards out and Mueller saves the day for the cup holders!
At first instance, it looks a good challenge from Pranjic but he took too much of Farfan and receives a final warning from Florian Meyer. Free-kick over on the right 35 yards or so from goal. Farfan behind it...
Excellent hassling from Jurado who would not let Schweinsteiger make any headway into the Schalke half. Bayern express their collective frustration when Robben piles into Kluge and Schalke have the free-kick.
Ribery crosses into the centre of the box from the left. Matip fails to clear at the first time of asking but it's second-time lucky for the holding player.
Schalke try to attack but Annan can't hold onto the ball and Matip takes the easy option of a long straight pass back to Neuer. The visitors' defence is holding up well...
Gomez strays offside after he is found by Schweinsteiger's first-time pass, much to the striker's frustration. The striker did not retreat from an offside position in time. Nice idea though.
Breno fails to find Ribery and Schalke make the interception in midfield. They don't rush to counter however, keeping the ball patiently in the middle third of the pitch before going back to Neuer.
Pranjic does well to keep the ball in play on the left and he then comes forward before he is halted by Hoewedes. The ensuing corner is taken effortlessly by Neuer, again to a chorus of booing. Schalke's gameplan is being executed to perfection thus far. Long way to go of course.
Lahm is now receiving medical attention on the sidelines. Meanwhile, on the field of play Neuer almost takes too heavy a touch but recovers in time with Gomez in the vicinity.
Ribery floats the ball in and Schalke clear. Farfan counters for die Knappen and breaks into the box - he has support but decides to go himself and the opportunity is spurned as Kraft holds on to a tame shot from the Peruvian, who did jink inside Breno with worrying ease if you're a Bayern fan.
Robben looks to cross from deep. It is cleared to Schweinsteiger - his ball forward to Mueller comes to nothing due to offside - or so it seems. In fact, Kluge came in with a late challenge on Schweinsteiger and Bayern have a free-kick in a central position.
There is a delay as the magic sponge is applied to Annan by one of the medical staff. Annan then gets to his feet as he walks gingerly off the field. It would appear that he should be fine to continue - just a case of running the injury off - hopefully nothing too serious.
Mueller lays the ball off for Gomez, who looks to find Schweinsteiger and tee him up for the shot on the edge of the box but Annan is in there to intercept. From the counter, the former Rosenborg man is taken down by Schweini, who gets some revenge for the excellent sliding tackle from Annan a few seconds prior.
The ball goes back in forth between the two sides as in a pinball machine before play comes to a halt when Ribery barges Uchida to the ground and concedes a free-kick.
It's a superb delivery, which picks out Raul at the back post. The Spaniard shrieks in frustration as he slices his shot wide on his right-foot. He never really caught out but had he, it's likely Bayern would be staring at a two goal deficit.
Farfan looks to accelerate away from Tymoschuk who knows he can't win a foot race with the Peruvian and he tugs his shirt, causing the winger to fall to the ground. Another set-piece on the right, which Farfan will deliver.
Again Kluge and Uchida combine effectively to shut out Ribery and win the throw but Bayern win the ball back again in the midfield. Schweinsteiger looks to release Gomez but Metzelder makes the clearance into touch.
Bayern immediately press for the equaliser. Robben picks himself up off the ground after going down under one challenge. He breaks forward and latches onto a through ball - gets into the box and pounces on the ricochet as Hoewedes blocked an initial cross. Robben shoots and it's wide of the near post.
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR SCHALKE!!!!!!!!!! RAUL IS NOT TO BE DENIED!!!!!! The big game player has given Schalke the lead in Munich!!!!!!!!! Farfan's corner from the right is helped on by Hoewedes into the path of Raul who nods the ball past Kraft.
OFF THE LINE!! Jurado's corner finds Raul who volleys the ball instinctively towards goal. It looks to be heading in but Gomez on the line clears it over his own crossbar.
Farfan whips the ball in from the right-hand side after a long pause, which seemed like an eternity. It's not the worst ball to the far post and Schalke win a corner when Lahm hacks it behind under pressure from Kluge.
Bit of a waste that as Metzelder gets too much purchase on the delivery looking for Raul. Schweinsteiger then gives the ball away carelessly and Schalke win a free-kick on the right when Gustavo trips Jurado. All from that careless loss of the ball from Schweini - just like what happened at the weekend...
Gomez does well to take the ball down from Lahm's long ball and he does enough to allow red shirts to pour forward in support. Eventually, Schweinsteiger looks for the low cross into the box, which is cut out by Hoewedes. Kluge is fouled by Schweinsteiger a few moments later and S04 have a free-kick near the halfway line.
Robben shrugs off the attentions of Annan but his cross from the right sails harmlessly through to Neuer, who again is booed by the home fans.
Bayern were caught out by Dortmund at the weekend taking too many chances in their build-up play from the back. However, there is no great willingness from the Schalke front three to press the ball. I say that and then Farfan wins it back but he cannot capitalise on his good work.
A combination of Kluge and Uchida dispossess Ribery and Schalke slowly come forward. However, Tymoschuk cuts out Jurado's attempted ball to Raul in the centre circle. Bayern look very comfortable in possession but not over-threatening as yet.
Schalke counter with Farfan's pace down the centre. He finds Raul down the right, who is forced to foul Breno after the Brazilian outmuscled the veteran and picked his pocket. Breno is unhappy in Munich but now has the perfect chance to make himself an integral member of the back four.
Metzelder nips in ahead of Ribery but Bayern soon have the ball back. They're dominating in terms of possession so far and a slightly irate Magath is already up off his seat and barking orders. Still, it seems the gameplan is not to take the game to Bayern in the opening stages.
Nice play down the left with Pranjic, Ribery and Schweinsteiger but the latter is stopped in his tracks by Kluge.
"Steht auf, wenn ihr Schalker seid" rings out from the away fans, who I presume from the song must be standing! There are also some rather unruly chants from the Bayern section, which I cannot repeat here! Uchida is fouled by Pranjic and Schalke have a free-kick. The Japanese right-back has not been at his best since returning from the Asian Cup.
Sarpei lets Robben go for a moment but recovers his position. Robben still is able to play the ball through the slightest of gaps into the box however Joel Matip reads the situation and intercepts. Another fine through-ball from Pranjic but Neuer is alert and comes off his line to take the ball at the feet of Gomez.
The corner comes in from the left and as Neuer collects the ball without any problems, he is booed by the home supporters, who are making their feelings known this evening. "No Neuer" say the posters in the crowd. Another, larger banner says "You are and you will remain a guest"
It looks like van Gaal has learned his lesson with Pranjic at left-back and Luiz Gustavo in central midfield. Bayern knocking the ball around in the opening minute of the match. Pranjic then finds Gomez with a fine long-ball and Metzelder does well to make the block. Corner Bayern.
Florian Meyer has conducted the pre-match formalities and he now gets us underway!!! Bayern kick us off in red and white - Schalke are in royal blue shirts and white shorts.
Schalke: Neuer - Uchida, Hoewedes, Metzelder , Sarpei - Kluge, Matip, Annan, Farfan, Raul, Jurado. Subs: Schober (gk), Hao, Gavranovic, Draxler, Papadopulos, Edu, Schmitz
Bayern Munich: Kraft - Lahm, Tymoschuk, Breno, Pranjic - Schweinsteiger, Luiz Gustavo, Robben, Mueller, Ribery. Subs: Butt (gk), Ottl, van Buyten, Kroos, Hamit Altintop, Badstuber, Klose
Holger Badstuber was hauled off at the weekend against Dortmund after a very poor performance and he remains on the bench tonight with Breno taking his place. The big news for Schalke is that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has a knee injury and does not play. Sergio Escudero has not made out but Jefferson Farfan is fit after an adductor problem.
Guten Abend und willkommen to the semi-final we have all been waiting for since the draw was made! The reigning DFB-Pokal holders FC Bayern München take on Schalke 04 in a titanic tussle of Germany's two biggest supported clubs. For both sides, a victory is a must to salvage a season that has not lived up to expectations. Schalke, in particular, look unlikely to qualify for Europe through the league and with their reported €250m debt, they need all the euros they can get their hands on!
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