Once upon a time in a season not too long ago, Bayern Munich were leading the Bundesliga by four points, meanwhile, 1860 München were battling it out in the 2. Bundesliga, trying to avoid relegation and return to their former glory. There was such a huge divide between the two clubs. Nevertheless, when these two clubs met in the DFB-Pokal quarter final exactly ten years ago, things didn’t go exactly as scripted. The “Löwen”, as 1860 München are known, forced the record cup-winners into extra time. Franck Ribéry ended up crushing any dreams the 1860 München fans had built up over the course of the match with a cheeky penalty that sent Bayern through. DFB.de takes a look back at that game, which took place on 27th February 2008.
In the DFB-Pokal, aside from in the final, one side will always have the home advantage. Ten years ago today however, that rule was broken and not for the first time. The draw had previously paired these two sides together for the semi-final of the competition in 1967, when both shared the Grünwalder Stadium. In 2008 however, the match-up was for the quarter-final and this time both were sharing the Allianz Arena. TSV 1860 were in the second division and were effectively tenants in in the Allianz Arena, having to lease it for their home games, much to the disapproval of their fans.
According to the draw, Bayern were the home side and so the “Löwen” were only awarded the prescribed away-side fan-quota in what was their home stadium. The kick-off was at 20:30 and for days prior to the match, it was the talk of the town. Only Luca Toni; the Italian player for Bayern Munich confessed that he didn't even know who 1860 were… The Munich players were talking big, getting all their friends and family down to the game. Philipp Lahm even said that if Bayern were to lose, he would never go back to the baker’s. Löwe player Daniel Bierofka remained confident in his team’s ability, “The better footballers don’t always come out on top, and perhaps we will surprise a few people.”The weekend before, 1860 München had drawn 0-0 with promotion-hopeful FC Köln and were coming into the game in decent nick. Bayern had played two home games in three days; the 5-1 victory against Aberdeen, which followed up somewhat disappointingly by the 1-1 draw against Hamburg that followed. Nonetheless, Ottmar Hitzfeld and his Bayern side were top of the Bundesliga table with a four point gap. This game was not only a cup game however, it was also a derby; two reasons for it to not to play out as expected.
It was never the one-sided game that some feared. 69,000 spectators were present in the sold-out Allianz Arena but they all had to wait a long time for the score-line to be broken, a very long time. The only real highlight from the regulation playing-time was the collision between the Löwe goalkeeper Michael Hofmann and Luca Toni, which resulted in Hofmann needing to be replaced. In came Philipp Tschauner, the man who now crafts his trade at Hannover. Bayern’s new fan-favourite Franck Ribéry came on after the break for Altintop and was followed onto the pitch some 20 minutes later by national striker Miro Klose, who replaced Toni Kroos.
After 84 minutes, the Löwe fans had reason to be optimistic, as the referee sent off Luca Toni. Uli Hoeneß thought the decision was “ridiculous”. Ten Bayern players had to deal with eleven Löwe players. They had more of a chance but just needed that bit of luck in front of goal. After 111 minutes, referee Gagelmann levelled the playing field, as he sent off Benjamin Schwarz, showing him his second yellow of the evening. He had had his fair bit of luck during the match as his foul on Lucio inside the box in the 89th minute had been overlooked. 1860 München rode their luck that bit too far however, when Pagenburg fouled Klose right on the line of the box. Inside or out, the important thing was that Bayern had been awarded a penalty in the 120th minute.
Who should take it? Altintop had scored in the Europa cup previously but it was the man who replaced him, Ribéry, who snatched the ball up. “They are not the most assured penalty takers,” said ZDF reporter Poschmann speaking about the entire Bayern team. But sure as anything, Ribéry stepped up and fired the penalty straight into the bottom right-hand corner. However, Gagelmann made the Frenchman repeat his effort as two Bayern players were deemed to have entered the box before the penalty had been take. Ribéry kept his head and calmly sent it straight down the middle, while Tschauner was sent diving to his right. The kicker’s title read, “Bayern stumble into the semi-final. The Löwe players console themselves with their two million Euros prize money and the fact that they had taken the game right down to the wire.”