Created on 29-04-2015 at 12:00 PM
Skipper Philipp Lahm found it “extremely hard to take,” Thomas Müller talked about a “catastrophic night” and for Manuel Neuer it was “a right mess up” - the DFB Cup semi-final against Borussia Dortmund did not go to plan for FC Bayern. The holders were unlucky to lose 2-0 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in extra-time, thus failing to reach the Cup Final for the first time since 2011. BVB will face the winners of the other semi-final between Arminia Bielefeld and VfL Wolfsburg in Berlin on 30 May.
“There are days when everything goes right - or indeed not,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after the end of an unbeaten run of 16 games in the DFB Cup. The score was 1-1 after 120 action-packed minutes before it went down to the “lottery” (Rummenigge) of the penalty shoot-out. In contrast to the quarter-final tie at Bayer Leverkusen, where FCB converted all five spot-kicks, the Reds failed to find the back of the Dortmund net from 12 yards out. Four players fluffed their lines and that was the end of the dream of a third Cup triumph in succession.
Only Lewandowski scores
“You can’t blame the players at all,” said Rummenigge after “possibly the best performance against Borussia Dortmund over the past three or four years. The players are obviously very disappointed in the dressing room as they know they played such a great game and fought so hard but ended up losing. The better team doesn’t always win in football and sometimes you just have to get lucky. That was Borussia Dortmund today.”
“We actually played well but things didn’t go our way at the end of the day,” added Müller. FCB were on top of Dortmund for a long time and deserved to take the lead through Robert Lewandowski on 29 minutes. But then the best strike force in the land with 77 goals in the Bundesliga was unable to take a string of clear chances “to seal the win in 90 minutes or after extra time,” declared Lahm.
'We have to get over it'
The visitors succeeded in hitting back out of the blue when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelled on 75 minutes with the first decent chance for Dortmund. “We lost our shape for fifteen minutes and were a bit disorganised and Dortmund made the most of that,” said an annoyed Müller, who had to watch the penalty shoot-out from the sidelines after being substituted. “We didn’t really do a lot wrong but we ended up losing the tie. That really bothers me.”
“Of course, we’re disappointed. Our big aim was to get to the Cup Final and we didn’t manage it today. We have to get over that first,” said Lahm. “We’ll work on it over the next few days but then we’ve got to look forward again,” said the FCB captain ahead of the “tough challenge” in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. “There’s no use in complaining, we just have to get on with it.”
Robben and Lewandowski injured
Following the Cup semi-final exit FC Bayern, who have been hit by injuries over recent months, suffered another setback with injuries to Lewandowski and the recently recovered Arjen Robben. “There is nothing positive about defeats,” said Rummenigge before adding: “We need to pick ourselves up and make sure we go into next Wednesday’s game in Barcelona with renewed dynamism and spirit. Perhaps luck will be on our side this time.”