Coach Peter Bosz van Leverkusen was not to enjoy after the cup blage with four-depot player Rot-Weiss Essen (2-1 after extension). “I am angry and disappointed”, the Dutch trainer spoke with a fierten face. “With all our experience, this must never happen to us.”
Leverkusen got a lead in the eighth final in the 105th minute thanks to Leon Bailey. The number 5 of the Bundesliga thought it was a bit too early to be sure of a place at the last eight. “We have missed far too many opportunities again”, mourned Bosz.
“ We have had this problem for a while,” he referred to, among other things, the recent defeats against Wolfsburg (0-1) and Leipzig (1-0). “But after our goal, we should never have given the duel out of our hands again. Our position game was insufficient, we had no rest at the ball and failed to make the second hit from the counter. No, this was just really bad.”
Bosz didn‘t want to know about excuses in Essen. “It was not the field, not the rain, nor the opponent, it was up to us. Rot-Weiss has won deserved.”
Bayer Leverkusen put himself in the eighth finals of the German Cup tournament.
Bosz’s team went down shamefully with Rot-Weiss Essen, which comes to the fourth level. The duel ended after extension in 2-1 for the stunting home club.
Bailey took care of the opening goal on behalf of Leverkusen in the 105th minute. For a moment Bosz could breathe relieved, but 3 minutes later it was already the same by a hit by Oguzhan Kefkir. Simon Engelmann was the hero of Rot-Weiss Essen with his winning hit in the 117th minute.
At Leverkusen, defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah played the whole game. Jeremie Frimpong fell into the second extension. Daley Sinkgraven stayed on the couch.
The Bosz team is going through a lesser period in this phase of the season. In the Bundesliga, Leverkusen also lost the last two matches, from Wolfsburg (0-1) and Leipzig (1-0). The formation of Bosz thus fell to fifth place in the ranking.
Leverkusen made the final of the German Cup tournament last season. Bayern Munich was too strong with 4-2.
Overtime work for Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund has reached the quarter-finals in the German Cup tournament with the necessary overtime. The number 6 of the Bundesliga gave a 2-0 lead against SC Paderborn, middlemoter in the second Bundesliga. Thanks to Erling Haaland, it was still good in the extension: 3-2.
Dortmund seemed to be looking for an easy evening thanks to quick hits from Emre Can and Jadon Sancho. In the final phase, however, SC Paderborn benefited from a reduced concentration at the home club. Julian Justvan took care of 2-1 and in the extra time Prince-Osei Owusu forced another surprising extension. Haaland prevented a downturn for his crew.