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DFB Pokal

  • February 8, 2012
  • • 18:00
  • • Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin
  • Referee: F. Brych
  • • Attendance: 47465
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Hertha Berlin 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach (AET): Extra-time strikes from Daems & Wendt edge visitors into last four of DFB-Pokal

Hertha Berlin 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach (AET): Extra-time strikes from Daems & Wendt edge visitors into last four of DFB-Pokal

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After 90 goalless minutes, Roman Hubnik saw red, allowing the Belgian to give his side the lead, before the Swede made things safe late on

Borussia Monchengladbach booked their place in the last four of the DFB Pokal thanks to a 2-0 extra-time victory over Hertha Berlin in the German capital.

Neither side were able to decide the tie in 90 minutes, but in the additional 30 minutes, Filip Daems put his side ahead from the spot, before Oscar Wendt ensured the victory with the last kick of the match.

The game started at a slow pace, with both sides seeming anxious to avoid falling behind to an early goal. The hosts’ passing was the more incisive of the two, but Gladbach’s back line stood firm.

As the match wore on, it was Michael Skibbe’s men that began to craft out chances. Pierre-Michel Lasogga had a slim slight of goal from the edge of the area, but scuffed his volley, leaving Marc-Andre ter Stegen with an easy save.

Minutes later, Lasogga had another chance to put his side ahead, and were it not for a vital, perfectly-timed challenge from Roel Brouwers, the 20-year-old would have had a clear sight of goal.

The Berliners gradually edged closer to taking the lead. Raffael snatched a left-footed shot into the side-netting from the edge of the area when he could have done better, then Lasogga found himself clean through on goal, only for Ter Stegen to narrow the angle, forcing the Germany Under-21 man to put his shot into the side-netting.

At the other end, Lucien Favre’s men offered very little in the way of a goal threat. Tony Jantschke sent in a good cross for Mike Hanke, who was only able to send a tame header well wide of Thomas Kraft’s goal, before a challenge from Levan Kobiashvili was enough to stop Patrick Herrmann from nodding his side in front.

The first half ended in twin incidents of controversy. Patrick Ebert claimed he should have had a penalty after being bundled over by Hanke, only to receive a yellow card and see a free kick awarded to his opponents.

No sooner had the set piece been taken when Gladbach had credible penalty claims of their own, as Brouwers went down under a heavy challenge from Andre Mijatovic as the duo tried to get on the end of a Marco Reus cross.

In the second half, Alfredo Morales came close to breaking the deadlock, but his long-range shot was superbly turned around the post by Ter Stegen.

As time wore on, both sides began to become desperate. Igor De Camargo was booked for a dive, before the Belgian tore into the Hertha box to try and claim a loose ball that Kraft had under control.

The start of extra-time was every bit as tight as normal time, however, after 10 minutes, the visitors won a penalty in controversial circumstances.

In his eagerness to run onto an ambitious ball into the box, Igor De Camargo felled Roman Hubnik, who, visibly irritated with the Belgian rose to his feet and went toe to toe with the 28-year-old. The Czech defender received his marching orders for the offence, and Daems made no mistake from the spot.

Visibly deflated after the incident, Hertha struggled to create chances. However, Adrian Ramos squandered a great opening to send the tie to penalties, failing to capitalise on some lax defending and sent his shot high and wide.

In the end, though, it was the visitors who got the second goal, with Juan Arango running clear of the Hertha defence, before squaring the ball to Wendt, who was left with the simplest of finishes.

Meanwhile, in today’s other early kick-off, an Olivier Occean strike late in the first half was enough for Greuther Furth to knock top-flight outfit Hoffenheim out of the competition. Marvin Compper saw red for the hosts for violent conduct.

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