Freiburg Brush Aside Hamburg To Reach German Cup Final

Freiburg’s Italian midfielder Vincenzo Grifo )L= celebrates scoring the 3-0 goal from the penalty spot with his teammates during the German Cup (DFB Pokal) semi-final football match Hamburg SV v SC Freiburg in Hamburg, northern Germany on April 19, 2022. Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP

 

Freiburg cruised into the first German Cup final in the club’s history with a 3-1 victory at second-tier Hamburg in Tuesday’s semi-final, with all their goals coming in the first half.

Bundesliga side Freiburg dominated Hamburg, who have spent the last four seasons in the second division, with Nils Petersen, Nicolas Hoefler and Vincenzo Grifo scoring in the opening 35 minutes.

Hamburg managed a consolation goal with two minutes left when Robert Glatzel headed in a cross.

There will be a new German Cup winner when the final is held at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on May 21.

Neither Freiburg, nor Union Berlin and RB Leipzig who meet in Wednesday’s other semi-final, have previously lifted the trophy.

Hamburg were the only club in the semi-finals to have already won the cup, with the last of their three victories coming during the fallen giants’ glory days of the 1980s.

Hosts Hamburg were behind on just 11 minutes when Hoefler swung in a cross which Petersen headed in.

Hoefler then smashed in a shot that deflected off Hamburg captain Sebastian Schonlau six minutes later.

Hamburg rallied, with forwards Bakery Jatta and Glatzel going close.

But Freiburg grabbed their third when Grifo converted a penalty after a foul on German defender Nico Schlotterbeck.

To compound Hamburg’s misery, midfielder Anssi Suhonen had a goal disallowed for offside.

The game’s tempo dropped after the break as Freiburg’s defence contained Hamburg, apart from a great chance for Suhonen who dribbled through the defence before Hoefler blocked his shot.

Glatzel scored a deserved late consolation for Hamburg when he headed home.

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Schalke Thrash Paderborn As Freiburg Overtake Hoffenheim In Bundesliga

Schalke’s French midfielder Amine Harit (L) celebrates scoring with his team-mate Spanish midfielder Omar Mascarell during the German first division Bundesliga football match Paderborn v Schalke 04 in Paderborn, western Germany on September 15, 2019. Friso Gentsch / dpa / AFP

 

David Wagner urged his Schalke side to put the past behind them after they beat Paderborn 5-1 on Sunday, while Freiburg moved up to third in the Bundesliga with a derby win at Hoffenheim.

Schalke, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, tore through Paderborn in a frenzy of goals at the end of the second half to pick up their second win of the season and move up to sixth in the table.

“It’s a new season, and I can only ask the boys to look forward,” said Wagner.

Goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel said that new coach Wagner had “cleared the heads” of the Schalke players.

“We are playing much more freely now,” he told Sky.

Brazilian midfielder Cauly gave Paderborn an early lead, picking out the top corner with a looping header to celebrate his 24th birthday with a goal.

Schalke were then denied several times by Paderborn keeper Jannik Huth before Salif Sane headed them level on 33 minutes.

Suat Serdar completed the turnaround just after the break, firing in a loose ball at the edge of the area to put Schalke ahead.

English full-back Jonjoe Kenny set up the third with a marauding run from deep, eventually cutting the ball back for Harit to slot it into the bottom corner.

Ahmed Kutucu added a fourth on the counter-attack seven minutes from time, before setting up Harit minutes later to complete the rout.

 Freiburg overtake Bayern 

Earlier on Sunday, Freiburg midfielder Janik Haberer hailed a “great day” for the Bundesliga minnows as they beat neighbours Hoffenheim 3-0 to continue their dream start to the season.

“It is a great day for us and our fans, it is always special to win a derby,” said Haberer, who joined Nils Petersen and Christian Guenter on the scoresheet.

The win leaves Freiburg in third and sees them leapfrog perennial champions Bayern Munich, who were held to a 1-1 draw at league leaders RB Leipzig on Saturday.

Freiburg were ruthless in the first half and deserved their two-goal lead at the break.

Guenter swept in the opener after a darting run in from the left wing on 11 minutes, and Petersen had a goal ruled out for offside shortly before the half-hour mark.

Haberer doubled the lead on 38 minutes, picking out the bottom corner brilliantly from the edge of the area.

Hoffenheim, who had shown only flashes of danger in the first half, were caught napping when an unmarked Petersen poached the third goal on the hour.

Christian Streich’s side have now won three of their opening four games, with only Bayern and Borussia Dortmund having scored more goals so far.

“Our primary goal is still just to avoid relegation, but it is a great feeling to be so high up the table,” Haberer told Sky.

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Reus Inspires Dortmund’s Win Over Freiburg Despite Injury

Dortmund’s German midfielder Marco Reus (R) scores the 2-0 past Freiburg’s German goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow (L) during the German first division Bundesliga football match SC Freiburg v Borussia Dortmund in Freiburg, southern Germany, on April 21, 2019. THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP

 

Captain Marco Reus played through pain to inspire Borussia Dortmund to a 4-0 win over Freiburg on Sunday and keep them on the heels of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.

Reus took a knock to his knee in a heavy challenge from Freiburg’s Janik Haberer in the second half but fired Dortmund to victory with a goal and two assists to keep them a point behind Bayern.

After a heavy defeat to Bayern two weeks ago and a nervy win over Mainz last Sunday, Reus insisted the display showed that his team were back to their best and ready to take the fight to Bayern in the title race.

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“The last few weeks didn’t quite go as we had hoped, but it was important that we stuck together in the difficult moments,” the Dortmund captain told Sky.

“We still believe we can be champions and we want to keep the pressure on Bayern until the very end.”

Dortmund needed three points on Sunday after Bayern beat Werder Bremen 1-0 on Saturday.

Far from buckling in a nail-biting title race, Dortmund delivered one of their most confident recent performances.

A silky move in the box saw Dortmund take the lead after 12 minutes, with Raphael Guerreiro and Marco Reus linking to provide Jadon Sancho with a tap-in.

Guerreiro, returning to action after two weeks out injured, then set up Reus for Dortmund’s second eight minutes after half-time.

Lucien Favre’s side survived a handful of chances for Freiburg before a brutal counter-attack saw Reus set up Mario Goetze to make it 3-0.

Paco Alcacer completed a perfect afternoon for Dortmund, converting a late penalty after a Pascal Stenzel handball.

Dortmund face local rivals Schalke in the Ruhr derby next Saturday before Bayern travel to take on Nuremberg the following day.

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Bayern Interest In Streich Annoys Freiburg

Bayern Interest In Streich Annoys Freiburg
Bayern Munich’s Austrian midfielder David Alaba (C) celebrates his team’s fourth goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match, Bayern Munich v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, on January 27, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany. PHOTO: Gunter SCHIFFMANN / AFP

 

Reports Bayern Munich approached Freiburg’s Christian Streich to become their head coach has added extra spice to Sunday’s Bundesliga clash between the sides.

According to German daily Bild, Bayern made “loose contact” with Streich, 52, in February to replace Jupp Heynckes next season.

Heynckes, 72, is adamant he will walk away from Bayern in May and the hunt is on to find his successor.

However, Freiburg’s sports director Jochen Saier is annoyed by the speculation and the prospect of losing their iconic coach.

“Someone builds something up in this world, others take it down, we can not do much about that,” Saier told Sport1.de

“But we will certainly not jump through every hoop which is held up for us and are looking forward to an interesting game against Bayern Munich.”

Heynckes, for one, has given his seal of approval to such a move.

“He’s been working for Freiburg for 23 years, and if you have to give up your best players every year, yet can still put together a team that can stay in the league, that’s great,” Heynckes said on Friday.

“I like the way he works with his lads, he has a lot of empathy and is an exceptional coach.”

Bild claimed Bayern contacted Streich as two preferred candidates — Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Germany’s World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew — are unavailable.

Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann, 30, and Niko Kovac, 46, at Eintracht Frankfurt — rising stars on the Bundesliga circuit — are both considered too inexperienced, say Bild.

Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked by Borussia Dortmund last May despite winning the German Cup, is seen as too volatile for Bayern’s senior figures.

The eccentric Streich, who has been at Freiburg since 1995, has a reputation for nurturing talent who then often move on to bigger clubs.

He is known for lecturing his players on current affairs as much as football and Freiburg regularly punch above their weight under his stewardship.

Sunday’s match at Freiburg’s Schwarzwald Stadion, where the hosts are unbeaten in their last six games, will have plenty of other talking points.

Rumours are again rife that Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski, who is on 29 goals for the season, is eyeing a move to Real Madrid.

It has emerged the Poland star is working with Israeli agent Pini Zahavi, who fixed Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain and has close links with Real.

On Friday, Heynckes warned Lewandowski to focus solely on Bayern, who are 19 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

Heynckes’s ticking off came after Lewandowski and Germany defender Mats Hummels traded insults in a fiery Bayern training session on Wednesday.

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Bayern Munich Thrashes Freiburg On Heynckes Return

L-R) Bayern Munich’s Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben, Bayern Munich’s midfielder Sebastian Rudy, Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, Bayern Munich’s striker Thomas Mueller and Bayern Munich’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski celebrate after Lewandowski scored 4:0 during the German First division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs SC Freiburg in Munich, southern Germany, on October 14, 2017. Christof STACHE / AFP
Jupp Heynckes made a perfect start to his fourth spell as Bayern Munich coach with a 5-0 thrashing of Freiburg at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
An own goal from Julian Schuster put Bayern in front on seven minutes, and a flying header from Kingsley Coman doubled the lead shortly before half-time.

 

“We wanted to show what we can do straight away,” Thomas Mueller told Sky Sports. “There will be a lot of people singing our praises in the coming days, but we need to just keep working well.”

A fine strike from Thiago Alcantara put the reigning champions 3-0 up on 63 minutes, just moments after they had been denied a penalty by VAR. Further goals from Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich completed the rout.

“The team was awesome today, we deserved to win,” said Thiago.

The win saw Bayern move within two points of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table, before the league leaders’ match against RB Leipzig later on Saturday.

Heynckes’ men are two points clear of third-placed Hoffenheim, who twice threw away the lead in a 2-2 draw at home to Augsburg.

After Michael Gregoritsch had cancelled out Benjamin Huebner’s opener 15 minutes from time, Mark Uth restored the lead with a curling strike into the top corner for Hoffenheim.

Augsburg, though, equalised once again in the 89th minute, with Kevin Vogt deflecting a Jeffrey Gouweleeuw cross into his own net.

“We were the better team at times,” Augsburg’s Daniel Baier told Sky Sports. “We went to sleep a bit for their second goal, but the draw is a fair result.”

At the other end of the table, Hamburg could celebrate scoring their first goal since August despite losing 3-2 to Mainz.

Alexandru Maxim’s second-minute opener for Mainz was quickly cancelled out by Walace, the Brazilian’s equaliser ending a five-game goal drought for Hamburg.

Stefan Bell restored the lead shortly after half-time, however, before a Christian Mathenia error allowed Danny Latza to add a third. A late penalty from Sejad Salihovic was not enough for Hamburg to avoid defeat.

Elsewhere, disciplinary mistakes saw Hertha Berlin suffer a 2-0 defeat by Schalke 04.

Genki Haraguchi was sent off before half-time, while Vladimir Darida conceded a penalty after the break. Leon Goretzka scored from the spot, before Guido Burgstaller added a second on 78 minutes.

Schalke moved up to fifth, after Hanover 96 were defeated 2-1 by a late Ante Rebic winner against Eintracht Frankfurt.

A Salif Sane header had cancelled out Sebastien Haller’s early goal in the first half, but Rebic struck on 90 minutes to inflict a first home defeat on Hanover this season.

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