On Sunday in the Tivolistadion against the Potato Beetles of Alemannia Aachen the TSV 1860 defence was totally inept-'like a fire truck going the wrong direction to a fire!', and they lost 2-0 and down to 13th place in Bundesliga II. Last Thursday in Berlin's Olympiastadion I witnesed Hertha BSC embarrassed by tiny FK Ventspils in the Europa League I-I and they are at the bottom of Bundesliga I
And so to the Deutsche Pokal and all the hype surrounding the 'Texas Tornado' , Kenny Cooper Jr., and the posters all over town Ich bin NEIN Berliner (I am not a Berliner). It was 'put up or shut up' for both teams at an Allianz Arena, with room to spare, only 17,000.
Die Lowen took the lead in the 9th minute when Rasmus Bengstsson put the ball in his own net and Die Sechzig supporters didn't care-it was a goal, any goal will do. Just on 45 minutes Cooper was just wide with a long range shot and München went into the locker room ahead. FIFA referee Knut Kircher made a few starnge decisions for time wasting, once when his assistant referee had delayed a substitution and a Die Löwen player couldn't take a throw-in quick enough.
Four minutes after the interval, and the light blues attacking the Nordtribune with a mass of fans, Kenny Cooper Jr let go a full volley rocket from 30 metres that flew like an arrow into the goal and the fans erupted with chants of Kenny, Kenny.TOR! TOR! 2-0 to the Bund. II outfit and game over-NOT !!. First we had a mini Bavarian-Prussian War on the field over some incident I didn't catch, and then Kenny was substituted in the 67th minute, according to the coach, Ewald Lienen,who afterwards apologized, to prevent a yellow card. BAD DECISION!!
The Berliners didn't have to worry about the lone threat and attacked, and attacked. Two goals in 3 minutes at the 76th and 79th minute from Gustavo Ramos and Valeri Domovchiyski and we had a game on. The only way that 1860 survived was a master class performance once again from Hungarian goalie Gabor 'the Magic Magyar' Kiraly, who had spent time in the past with Bayer Leverkusen, Burnley, Aston Villa, West Ham United, Crystal Palace-and Hertha BSC. He was like the Budapest heroes against the Russian tanks in 1956, and was helped by 'The gang that couldn't shoot straight' in red and black stripes, the away jerseys of the Hertha team.
No goals in eaxtra time and so to penalties. It started well for Die Löwen when they scored their first two and Hertha missed both. Hertha scored their third, but with 4 straight from Torben Hoffman, Alexander Ludwig, Kokou Mlapa and Radhoene Fehli it was 4-1, all over, and a place in the draw for the next round for TSV 1860 München.