April 2018

FC Schalke 04 - Eintracht Frankfurt, DFB Cup

The DFB Cup second semi-final will see the two teams ranked second and seventh in the Bundesliga table. In the case of Wednesday evening win, Eintracht is likely to qualify for the cup final for the second time in succession, while Schalke holds a chance to make it to the finals for the first time since 2011.

BFC Dynamo (2:0) and SV Wehen Wiesbaden (3:1) were an easy touch for the Blue-and-Whites. Even though Domenico Tedesco’s team kept a tight rein in the last 16 match against 1. FC Köln, they managed to score only one goal. Max Meyer’s notched a decisive goal in the 62nd minute. Guido Burgstaller became a man of the hour with his early goal in the 10th minute in the quarter-final match against Werder. Being on the winning edge till the final whistle blow, they won the clash.

Eintracht obviously had the most favourable schedule among the other teams. Eintracht faced the only Bundesliga team in the quarter-final when they played against relegation-threatened Mainz 05. The Frankfurters comfortably made it through to the round of the best four with the score 3:0. Erndtebrück, 1. FC Schweinfurt 05, and 1. FC Heidenheim also stood as their rivals.

The Royal Blues indicated a great game this season both in the cup and Bundesliga. With a 4-point lead over their closest chaser, Domenico Tedesco’s squad currently occupies the second line, clinging to their next Champions League spot. Eintracht did well too this season. Niko Kovac got the most out of it when he was offered to head FC Bayern. Talented Croatian coach will set for a new season with the Rekordmeister. Old loves are not easily forgotten. Or are they?

Veltins-Arena will host the match on Wednesday, April 18, at 20:45.