Tonight’s DFB-Pokal Semi-Final tie between Fortuna Düsseldorf and Dinamo Dresden was a fantastic match, delighting the sell-out crowd at the ESPRIT Arena with a seven-goal thriller.
Robbie Kruse gave the hosts the lead on seven minutes when his cross towards the far post was caught by the wind and looped over a wrong-footed Michael Ratajczak in the Dresden goal, for the 25 year-old’s first goal for the club.
When referee Wolfgang Stark pointed to the spot for a push at a corner, Nando Rafael picked himself up to smash a low penalty past Ratajczak to give the Bundesliga side a two-goal lead over their second division opponents going into the break.
Midway through the second period, Mickaël Poté turned the match on it’s head with a stunning two-goal, two-minute brace. His first came when he rose highest at the near post to nod home a corner, before he beat the offside trap to blast home an equaliser moments later… and that’s how it finished at the end of 90 minutes.
Just 160 seconds into extra-time, Sandro Wagner spotted Ratajczak off his line and chipped home, with the help of the crossbar, from twenty-five yards to put Düsseldorf back in front. Ten minutes later and Rafael had his second when he cut inside the box and slotted home.
As time ran out in the second period of extra-time, with Dresden pushing forwards for a lifeline, they were caught on the break with two minutes to play when Rafael played Wagner through to score his second, and Düsseldorf’s fifth, and book their place in their eighth DFB-Pokal Final.
Fortuna Düsseldorf have won the competition twice, back-to-back in 1979 and 1980, following Final defeats in 1937, 1957, 1958, 1962, and 1978. They’ll play the winners of tomorrow night’s tie between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.