When Rainer Ohlhauser slayed the Lions

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Only two of the 204 Munich derbies between FC Bayern and 1860 have come in the DFB Cup – and they both spelled success for the Reds. In both the 1967 semi-finals and 2008 quarters (1-0 a.e.t.), Bayern came through and went on to lift the trophy. In an interview with club magazine ‘51’, Rainer Ohlhauser looks back on the first of those cup derbies on 6 May 1967.

Rainer Ohlhauser on the game of his life

Bayern’s starting XI for the derby (from left): Werner Olk, Sepp Maier, Franz Beckenbauer, Rudolf Nafziger, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, Franz Roth, Rainer Ohlhauser, Dieter Brenninger, Dieter Koulmann, Peter Kupferschmidt, Hans Nowak.

“I experienced many unforgettable games during my time with FC Bayern, and I had a particularly good day in one of them: the DFB Cup semi-final in 1967. It was against TSV 1860, the reigning league champions. The pressure was huge and everyone was expecting the Lions (186) to win because we were without Gerd Müller, of all people. But it finished 3-1 to Bayern, with two goals from Rainer Ohlhauser – the Lions had been slayed.”

The opener for Bayern: Ohlhauser makes it 1-0 after around an hour.

“42,000 came to the Grünwalder Stadion, the whole city was buzzing for our first local derby in the cup. 1860 had been through a turbulent season, the coach Max Merkel was the victim of a players’ revolt in December – while we were looking to defend our cup title.”

Ohlhauser opens the floodgates

“Because Gerd was missing, I had to get forward from myself and direct things. After an hour I scored the opening goal, Peter Kupferschmidt made it two straight after and then I wrapped it up in the 73rd minute. Ludwig Bründl scored what was just a consolation goal. We also won the fnal – Gerd was back for the 4-0 win over Hamburger SV and provided two goals. I also scored again, and we were celebrating in each other’s arms once again.”

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