Jupp Heynckes guided Bayern to its first cup final in two seasons on Wednesday night as Bayern edged out Gladbach. Bayern deserved the victory as they were the better side over the 120 minutes.
By the manner in which they started, it seemed like they were going to score seven past Gladbach. Bayern missed chances early on and paid for them as Gladbach slowly grew into the game. Bayern finished the first half as the better side, though.
The second half was evenly matched. There was an occasion when Manuel Neuer left his goal unguarded, leading to a near-goal by Gladbach.
Bayern dominated both periods of extra time. Nils Petersen failed to take a glorious chance in the end as he slipped.
The first penalty taker from Bayern shocked the entire crowd. Nineteen-year-old David Alaba made every Bayern fan proud as he stepped up and dispatched his kick with confidence. The next three players did so as well: Franck Ribery, Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm.
Dante then missed for Gladbach while Neuer saved Harvard Nordveit's effort.
Neuer was the hero on the night, as he stopped Reus twice in normal time as well. The team oozed confidence in every corner and played some eye-catching football. The defence stood tall for most of the match and did well when Gladbach launched counter-attacks.
Bayern next plays Hanover. The last meeting between these two sides turned ugly as Bayern lost 2-1, with Rafinha and Steve Cherundolo sent off during the match. Cherundolo earned the early penalty for Hanover, which Mohammed Abdellaoue dispatched.
A deflected Christian Pander shot in the second half turned out to be the winner. Bayern dominated, but found only one goal, which came from David Alaba.
Heynckes has to consider making changes with the Champions League contest in Marseille coming up. The team must be tired after playing 120 minutes of football on Wednesday.
We all know Hanover can cheat if they have to to win. Nonetheless, Hanover is in a good run of form, They hammered Koln 4-1 last week and are in the Europa League quarters. They must be congratulated for that.
I hope to see a slightly different team this week:
Hanover has acted as a bogey team for Bayern recently. With Bayern having put behind two troubles, including poor away form and Gladbach, do you think Bayern will finally defeat Hanover? Let me hear your thoughts.
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