Schalke routs Duisburg to take German Cup

German Football
By German Football May 23, 2011 18:58

Schalke routs Duisburg to take German Cup

Schalke won the German Cup for the fifth time in the club’s history on Saturday, blowing Duisburg off the pitch in a 5-0 rout and marking the cup’s largest margin of victory in nearly 40 years.

The last time a team won that convincingly was in 1972 when Schalke defeated Kaiserslautern 5-0. The Ruhr Valley club is now qualified for the Europa League, while Duisburg, plagued by a string of injuries, again failed to win the German Cup in its fourth try at glory.

“We played with great concentration and in the end it was, thank God, a clear result,” said Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick. “It’s great to end the season with the title. We’re proud of the club.”

Schalke wasted no time in establishing its dominance early on by scoring three goals before the break. Jose Manuel Jurado and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar then effectively ended Duisburg’s chances of making a comeback in the second half when they each tallied a goal.

“We’re disappointed that we were not able to make more out of the game,” Duisburg coach Milan Sasic said. “We thank our fans, who continue to support us and who have shown understanding for this defeat after the many injuries which set us back. We were already winners.”

The win for Schalke is a consolation prize of sorts after bowing out of the semifinals of the Champions League and finishing the regular season 14th overall in the Bundesliga.

German national team goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had little to do as Schalke’s defenders effectively shut down every Duisburg attempt at offense before they got anywhere near Neuer.

Perhaps a good 30,000 of the 75,000 fans in Berlin’s Olympic stadium were clearly supporters of Schalke and began exuberant celebrations after the first goal by 17-year-old Julian Draxler fell in the 18th minute. The chanting and singing never stopped from thereon in.

“This is a dream,” Neuer said after receiving from cup from German President Christian Wulff, flanked by national team coach Joachim Löw.

The 25-year-old has told Schalke he will not stay past June 2012 and with Bavarian giants Bayern waiting to sign him for a reported €25 million before next season, Neuer lifted the German Cup at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

Bayern are in talks with Schalke about signing the Germany goalkeeper and it seems to be a case of when, not if, Neuer will go to Munich.

“I have no idea and I can’t say when an announcement will be made, because I have no information and I am also waiting to hear,” said Neuer after celebrating with his team.

And Schalke’s bosses were tight-lipped on the issue. “Tonight is not the right time to talk about that,” said Schalke manager Horst Heldt when asked if Neuer had played his last game for the Royal Blues. “We have won the cup final and now is the time to celebrate.”

“We won’t be announcing anything, because there is nothing to announce.”

German Football
By German Football May 23, 2011 18:58
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