Created on 20-04-2008 at 00:00 AM
Bayern ended up winning the Cup, but knock-out games involving the men from Munich seem destined to include more than their fair share of drama this season, as Dortmund’s Mladen Petric sent the final into extra-time with a last minute equaliser. Borussia even had the upper hand for a spell, before Luca Toni struck his second of the game to win the trophy and hand Ottmar Hitzfeld and Oliver Kahn the perfect end to their Cup careers. "Obviously, leading the team out one last time here in Berlin is a tremendous farewell," the overjoyed coach declared.
Reaction to Bayern’s German Cup triumph
Uli Hoeneß: "Dortmund played very well. We shut up shop after going a goal up. We seemed to think we could protect our lead until the end, and then we let in the equaliser in the 91st minute. We had to work incredibly hard after that. Going for a triple is physically punishing. There were times when the team looked tired, and we needed individual class to find a way back. I’m a happy man."
Ottmar Hitzfeld: "Obviously, leading the team out one last time here in Berlin is a tremendous farewell. There’s no chance to make up for losing a game like this, you can’t come back again next year, so we had to win it here or never. I’m overjoyed, because it was a dramatic game which had everything. Dortmund battled away and would equally have deserved to win. At the end of the day, we were the luckier of the teams."
Franz Beckenbauer: " Bayern started well but stopped playing after a while and that gave Dortmund hope. Dortmund were a shade unlucky throughout. Bayern deserve to win the Cup, but they did ride their luck a little."
Oliver Kahn: "I’m feeling a pleasant mixture of sadness and joy, because I know it was my last final, but I’m certainly enjoying it all at the moment. But this ominous 90th minute, it’s been pursuing me for 20 years now. All the things I’ve experienced in the last minute, but after you’ve been through it so often, you become robust. After they equalised we still had another half-hour, and we had luck on our side. In a final like that, you need mentally strong players in the decisive situations, and a bit of luck on top."
Luca Toni: "Fantastic, cracking. Winning is always good. Now we’ll try and win the title and go for the triple.”
Joachim Löw (Germany coach): "Taking the game as a whole, Bayern deserved to win. Dortmund’s equaliser came as a surprise, although they gave a much better account of themselves than last week."
Thomas Doll (BVB coach): "I think I’m entitled to pay my players a huge compliment. Losing like that is bitter. We were close to winning it in extra-time. My players are very, very down."
Sebastian Kehl (BVB): ”Obviously, it’s a bitter defeat. We equalised in the last minute, but we’d fought very hard for it. We showed courage and I think we were the better team. I reckon we deserved to win today. Bayern had a typical stroke of luck, and then with ten men it was always a struggle. Now we’re going home empty handed."
Mladen Petric (BVB): "It’s a big disappointment for all of us. We struggled to start with because we showed too much respect, but we fought our way back into it. After the equaliser we were on top for a while and had the better of the chances, but then we let in a totally lucky goal. We’re all gutted."
Marc Ziegler (BVB): "We’re hugely disappointed at the moment. The crisis has brought us closer together and we did well today. We came here trying our utmost to win the Cup, no one can deny that."