Created on 22-03-2012 at 00:00 AM
Bayern are through to the DFB Cup final in Berlin after edging out semi-final opponents Mönchengladbach on penalties. Manuel Neuer sealed the tense victory with a shoot-out save from Havard Nordtveit, “and I'm delighted for Manuel," said team-mate Franck Ribéry, with coach Jupp Heynckes praising the keeper for a “superb performance". David Alaba kept it short and simple: “We’re through – fantastic!”
Reaction to the semi-final triumph:
Jupp Heynckes: “Both teams were outstanding. Gladbach were very well organised, so obviously, we had to take a risk or two. They ended up having three good chances, but overall, we had the better of the chances. The opening goal just didn't want to come, so the result was in doubt right to the end. At the end of the day, we're the lucky winners. It was a superb performance by Manuel Neuer. He made an outstanding save from Reus and then he stopped the decisive penalty. My team is very confident, so I had no problem finding five penalty takers. The players volunteered immediately.”
Manuel Neuer: “I'd rather we’d have won the match before getting to penalties, because it's just a lottery once you're there. We can be delighted we have such good penalty takers. Speaking for myself and the team as a whole, we were utterly determined to get through today. We wanted to go to Berlin for the final, and we’re there."