FC Schalke 04 has ripped Jürgen Klinsmann and Hertha BSC out of all cup trunks. The Gelsenkircheners turned a 3-2 (2:2, 0:2) victory on Tuesday night in a critically consuming and at the end of a heated 0:2 rock stand to a 3-2 (2:2, 0:2) victory after defeat and reached the DFB-Pokal for the 4th time in a row.
Four days after the frightening 0-0 of the two clubs in the Football Bundesliga the hosts had the greere morale – the Hertha gave away the victory within a few minutes and must continue to wait for the home final at the Olympic Stadium.
Pascal Kopke (12th) and winter newcomer Krzysztof Piatek (39th) with their first mandatory goals met with Berlin in front of 53,525 spectators. But Daniel Caligiuri (76th), Amine Harit (82nd) and the substitute Benito Raman (115th) provided boundless enthusiasm in the arena of the fenfmal cup winner. Herthas Jordan Torunarigha saw yellow-red after a collision with David Wagner, the Schalke coach was expelled from the interior (101st).
Schalke still unlucky
Compared to the meden kick last Friday in Berlin, the game quickly started turbulently. Piatek, who was in the starting eleven in his second game, initiated the Berlin f’hrung with a strong call in midfield. Hertha coach Klinsmann balled both fuuste after K-pke’s frehem hit. The Schalker response was swift, but Torunarigha slammed a shot from Harit on the line – millimetres missing to equalise. Harit’s second attempt included Rune Jarstein with a strong parade (14th).
Klinsmann and his Schalker colleague had been stumbling in the past few days. Wagner, after the Bundesliga duel, was concerned about the state of the turf in the Olympic Stadium and the destructive way of playing Hertha. Klinsmann’s statements that the Berliners are better countered by the Schalker: “My wife always says in such situations: Was it itching the oak when the sow rubs against her?”
Controversial red card against David Wagner
On the square, the Berliners show themselves to be smarter after their leadership. The densely staggered defence around the returning captain Niklas Stark, who has returned to the starting line-up, had little room for the hosts. Schalke came a long way before the Berlin goal – but then turned up. After Caligiuri’s individual action and Harit’s equalization, Michael Gregoritsch failed to reach Jarstein (89th) shortly before the end of the regular season. Wagner, who after just over an hour brought Weston McKennie and Raman for more penetration on the offense, stood energetically on the sidelines.
Compared to Friday, he has four vertices in his starting eleven, Klinsmann fenf – among them Piatek and K’pke, the Polish St-rmer whose first goal was exemplary. In the denial it became rougher. Torunarigha flew off the pitch after an uncannary with Wagner – probably because he fired a drink-box on the ground. The Schalke coach detained the Hertha professional briefly, but without b’se intention, and had to leave the interior after using the video evidence.