Things got pretty testy in the stands on Monday night in Rostock, Germany.
In a second round German Cup matchup between host Hansa Rostock and Hertha Berlin, ultras from both Hertha Berlin and Hansa Rostock lit flares and one such pyrotechnic show forced a 15-minute delay in the match, as the referee called players over to the tunnel for their safety.
The trouble reportedly began after Hansa displayed a once-stolen banner from the Hertha support, which set off flares flying between both sets of fans, who were separated by one section of seats and a line of police officers.
In the end, Hertha Berlin had the last laugh, as it scored two goals in the final 15 minutes after play resumed at 0-0 in the 76th minute, first from Mitchell Weiser and the second in stoppage time from Vedad Ibisevic.
“This is a thing that does not belong to the sport. We distance ourselves from it,” Hansa manager Pavel Dochtev said after the match
It’s one appearance, one goal for USMNT wide man Timmy Chandler in his 2017-18 campaign with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Granted this goal came against lower-tier competition in the German Cup, but the 29-times capped defender now has two goals and nine assists for Eintracht since transferring from Nurmberg in 2014.
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Chandler, 27, has an unclear role in Bruce Arena’s plans with the USMNT. Previous coach Jurgen Klinsmann never figured out the right system for the player, and it will be interesting to see if Chandler continues to be instrumental in his European club but an odd-shaped piece in his national team’s jigsaw puzzle.
Christian Pulisic won the decisive penalty kick as Borussia Dortmund won its fourth German Cup final with a 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
Pulisic subbed into the match to earn a foul off the keeper, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted the PK in Panenka style to ice the win.
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It’s BVB’s first Cup win since 2011-12, and ends a run of three-straight German Cup Final losses.
The 13-times capped USMNT winger finishes his club season with 43 appearances, five goals, and 13 assists. Not bad for an 18-year-old.
BERLIN (AP) Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick Friday as Bayern Munich began its German Cup defense with a comfortable 5-0 win at fourth-tier side Carl Zeiss Jena.
The Poland striker got Bayern off to a flying start in the third minute, claimed his second in the 34th and completed his hat trick nine minutes later with a second assist from Franck Ribery.
Jena resisted in the second half until Lewandowski set up Arturo Vidal in the 72nd – the Chilean had hit the crossbar and would go on to hit the post.
Substitute Mats Hummels wrapped it up in the 77th with his first goal for Bayern, a header to Joshua Kimmich’s corner.
Also Friday, Augsburg won 2-0 at fifth-tier Ravensburg and second-division St. Pauli won 3-0 at fourth-tier Luebeck.
The FA Cup final could be the lowest profile match of the “Big 5” domestic cups in Europe.
With the winner of Manchester United and Everton to face whoever emerges from the Crystal Palace and Watford semi, there’s the distinct possibility of an unusual champion in England (The semis are Saturday and Sunday).
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That’s certainly not the case in Germany, where Borussia Dortmund topped Hertha Berlin 3-0 on Wednesday to earn a May 21 final date against mighty Bayern Munich. The two sides have contested three of the last five DFB-Pokal finals, Bayern having won 7 of its record 17 since 2003.
Sochaux and Marseille face off on Thursday for the right to take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de France final on May 21.
The Coppa Italia will be on the same day and highly-anticipated, as Juventus and AC Milan square off.
In Spain, it will be Barcelona and Sevilla come May 21, but we’ve known that for a while.