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204th Munich derby

Reaction to Bayern’s gripping Cup victory

Bayern are through to the DFB German Cup semi-finals for the 20th time after 120 increasingly thrilling minutes against city rivals TSV 1860 Munich came to a climax with Franck Ribéry’s penalty winner in the very last minute of extra-time. Understandably enough, the Reds camp was an upbeat place afterwards. “I’m delighted we finally made it at the end,” Ottmar Hitzfeld summed up.

Reaction to Bayern v TSV 1860 Munich:

Ottmar Hitzfeld: “We had a few problems in the first half-hour. 1860 played exceptionally well, and they were the better team in the first half. In the second half we had a lot more of the possession, we applied the pressure and made more chances. The Lions gave a very good account of themselves and made life very difficult for us. They closed down the space and were very well organised. I’m delighted we finally made it at the end. My players were too focused on defending today.“

Uli Hoeneß: “You won’t get a more entertaining game than that. The way Ribéry put away the penalty shows what a cool customer he is.”

Oliver Kahn: “1860 played way above themselves today in order to match us. But at the end, in the last ten minutes of extra-time, we invested a shade more than they did, and the victory was ultimately deserved.“

Marco Kurz (TSV 1860 coach): “I think we’ve earned a great deal of respect today. Obviously. It’s bitter when you lose to that kind of decision in the very last minute, although Bayern were clearly ahead of us in terms of chances. We have to learn to be more efficient.“

Stefan Reuter (TSV 1860 director of sport): “It’s a shame to lose a game like that. The team put up sensational resistance.“

Torben Hoffmann (TSV 1860): “I think it was an evenly-matched derby. We were Bayern’s equals today. We prepared well and we went out there determined to pull off an upset. We’re gutted at losing like that in the 120th minute.“