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Frankfurt in the DFB Pokal final after a comeback

Goals from Lara Prašnikar and Camilla Küver were enough and put Frankfurt in the DFB Pokal final after they were 0-1 down at the break.

Both teams came into the semifinal with success from the last league matches. Frankfurt defeated MSV Duisburg 3-0 last Thursday and Freiburg surprised Turbine Potsdam with a 1-0 win.

1st half

Frankfurt got off to the better start and immediately put the Freiburg defence under pressure. After a pass from Lara Prasnikar, Laura Freigang came one on one with Lena Nuding who managed to shorten the angle and prevented the early lead. In the 14th minute, despite Frankfurt’s pressure, the visitors took the lead. Rebecca Knaak found Marie Müller with a fantastic pass. Müller hammered the ball into the net, leaving Merle Frohms, a former Freiburg player, no chance. Frankfurt still stuck to their plan and were actively looking for an equalizer. They almost got in the 25th minute. Laura Freigang found herself in a promising position, tried with a shot, but the crossbar saved SC Freiburg. With 8 minutes on the clock in the first half, Ereleta Memeti escaped Freiburg defenders, but again the frame of the goal saved Frohms between the post. Camilla Küver and Freigang had the opportunity to equalize, but both were unsuccessful.

2nd half

Eintracht players came determined to get a ticket to Cologne, where the DFB Pokal final will take place, out of the dressing room. Just a minute into play, Nuding deflected Prašnikar’s shot into the crossbar. The Slovenian attacker was more successful just a minute later. Barbara Dunst sent a corner from the left side to the far post, where Prašnikar had no troubles pushing it over the line. The hosts doubled their lead in the 64th minute, when Nuding saved Laura Feiersinger’s shot but Camilla Küver got the rebound and scored with a well-placed shot. Frankfurt dropped deeper after that and brought the game to the end comfortably.

Eintracht Frankfurt will play in the DFB Pokal final for the first time after 2014 when they won later against SGS Essen. In total, Frankfurt is the most successful team in competition’s history with 9 titles and 13 final appearances. They will face either Bayern or Wolfsburg in Cologne on 30th of May.

Reactions

“I can’t blame my team. In the end, experience was the decisive factor for victory. We have to learn from this, even if it is obviously a very bitter loss.” – Daniel Kraus, Freiburg head coach

“You could see that everyone absolutely wanted to reach the final. I think we played very well in the first half and Freiburg took the lead with their first chance. It was very emotional in the dressing room during the half-time break because the team noticed that we were actually doing well. We said we would fight to the end and that we can’t go without a reward today. We’re all so happy and grateful and I think if we fall into bed a little later today, that’s okay.” – Niko Arnautis, Eintracht Frankfurt head coach

Score

Eintracht Frankfurt – SC Freiburg 2-1 (0-1)
Scorers: 14′ Marie Müller (F), 47′ Lara Prašnikar (E), 63′ Camilla Küver (E)
Yellow cards: 45+1′ Leticia Santos de Oliveira (E)

 

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