Social Media Review
A Night to Remember
In an incredible match at the Borussia-Park, the Eagles beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 8-7 after extra time and penalties and qualified for the DFB Cup final in Berlin. Eintracht put up a legendary fight and showed tremendous effort. Tuesday's semi-final night is going to become a historical event that SGE supporters will reminisce about for ages. We put together a Social Media Review of the 120-minute battle plus penalty thriller as well as the celebrations after Branimir Hrgota converted the final spotkick of the night.
Kick-Off for the DFB Cup semi-final against Borussia Mönchengladbach was at 20.45 in BMG's Borussia-Park. The away game meant a slight disadvantage for the Eagles, who beat 1. FC Magdeburg, FC Ingolstadt, Hannover 96 and Arminia Bielefeld in the previous rounds.
Tawatha Scores the Lead
Eintracht had a great start into the game and took the lead after fifteen minutes. A cross of Chandler reached Taleb Tawatha, who hammered the ball into the top left corner of the goal from the edge of the box. 5,000 SGE-supporters at the Borussia-Park went nuts and started dreaming about the final in Berlin on 27 May!
Gladbach Level the Tie
Seconds before the halftime whistle Gladbach leveled the tie. The hosts goal meant a setback, which took some time to digest. Nonetheless, Eintracht showed great team spirit and kept the Foals from scoring another goal throughout the second half as well as extra time.
The 1-1 tie after regular and extra time meant that the match would go into the penalty shootout. On both sides no-one missed throughout the first six penalties on each side. Then, both BMG's Christensen and SGE's Varela could not convert from the spot. Gladbach's Djibril Sow was denied by SGE goalie Lukas Hradecky and former Foal Branimir Hrogta stayed cool. The Swedish international hit home from the spot and booked the ticket for the DFB Cup final.
It was close to midnight when the match was finally decided in favour of the Eagles. Overwhelmed with emotion Niko Kovac's squad, who just avoided relegation almost one year ago, celebrated as if they had already won the final. Kovac said during the press conference, that the players deserve to celebrate after their great performance. And what a celebration it was!
Congratulations from All Over the Place
Many Eintracht supporters and former Eagles followed the game from all over the world. After SGE's win they sent their congrats to the team. Amongst them were the SGE legends Oka Nikolov and Jan Aage Fjörtoft. Even the Frankfurt stock exchange congratulated Eintracht and one fan sent a video from a very special place!