Cup bankruptcy and concern for Toprak: Kostics "stupid action" shocked Werder

              Thursday March 05, 2020
                By Louisa Grewe

              Werder Bremen loses the cup quarter-finals against Eintracht Frankfurt. While the Frankfurters are now dreaming of the final in Berlin, Werder is doubly unlucky: first the video evidence brings the decisive penalty, then a regular player has to be seriously injured from the pitch.
              A penalty after video evidence, the serious injury of Ömer Toprak and the red card against Filip Kostic: Eintracht Frankfurt wins the cup quarter-final against Werder Bremen after a heated game with 2: 0 (1: 0) and thus intensifies the sporting crisis of the the Bundesliga relegation threatened Bremen. So there was a lot to discuss after the game: Above all, the penalty decision in injury time in the first half and the resulting leadership of Frankfurter by André Silva was decisive for the game and caused a lack of understanding among the Bremen team. "You get the 0-1 at a very unfortunate time, when, of course, nobody expected it, because the scene felt like three minutes had passed. No one in the stadium, no one on the television, no one on the pitch, whether concord -Jersey or Werder jersey, complained about it. Then there was a forensic search for a mistake, then it is 0: 1, "Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt scolded the key scene in the sixth minute of stoppage time." If you clear according to the rules, I think you can give the penalty because he plays the ball with your hand, but I'm basically against the grain. In the situation, none of Eintracht and none of us noticed. The referee sees it not, nobody sees it. Then we continue to play normally and two minutes later someone tunes in. That is an annoying topic, "said Werder's defender Kevin Vogt. Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter rated the decision as a "happy scene" for his Eintracht. Meanwhile, referee experts from "Collinas Erben" emphasized on Twitter that the decision was correct in terms of rules. There is powerful resistance to this. One user writes: "If the ball flies into a duel in which several have their arms up, are there penalties? This is not my football!", Another even calls it "Zwayerlei Maß". Bremen's misery persistsThe leadership of Frankfurt after a committed first half of Bremen brought the green-whites out of the concept, "destroyed the momentum", as Werder captain Niklas Moisander said. Frankfurt came into the game better and better in the second half – Daichi Kamada increased to 2: 0 in the 60th minute. Shortly before the final whistle, things got really bitter again for Bremen: After a foul by Frankfurt Kostic, for which the Serbian saw the red card in added time, Toprak was brought to the hospital with suspected fibula fracture. He threatens the season off. "It is dramatic for him," said Kohfeldt. Kostics teammate Djibril Sow spoke of a "stupid action". However, there were no allegations of Kostic, who will be banned for at least two cup games, on the part of the Bremen team. "I don't want to put him in a corner. He apologized immediately," said Kohfeldt. Toprak's bad injury almost weighs more heavily for the Northern Club than the exit from the cup because of the difficult task in the Bundesliga relegation battle. The almost unprecedented misery of the Bremen team is thus exacerbated: In addition to long-term injuries such as Niclas Füllkrug, Philipp Bargfrede or Fin Bartels, regular players like captain Niklas Moisander, offensive man Yuya Osako or Ludwig Augustinsson have repeatedly dropped out this season.

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