Frankfurt advance to DFB Pokal final after 1-0 victory

Marco Green
April 20, 2018

Eintracht Frankfurt's Luka Jovic scored a 75th minute victor to stun hosts Schalke 04 1-0 on Wednesday and earn his manager Niko Kovac a date with Bayern Munich, the club he will coach from next season, in the German Cup final. Frankfurt lost to Borussia Dortmund last season.

The game against Bayern will be Kovac's last in charge at Eintracht before he moves on to Munich from July 1.

Franco di Santo thought he'd equalized in injury time after a dramatic finale, but referee Robert Hartmann ruled the goal out after determining that the Argentine controlled the dropping ball with his arm before firing the ball into the top left corner.

Guido Burgstaller twice came close and forced a few superb saves from Lukas Hradecky but they could not convert any of them before their opponents struck from a set piece. Fernandes was initially just yellow-carded, but the referee then changed his decision to a red card after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR).

Despite Schalke's relentless attempts, Frankfurt held on to reach the May 19 final.

They will face an ominous task against Jupp Heynckes' side, who booked their place in the final with a crushing 6-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday (AEST).

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