Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Eintracht Frankfurt edge into German Cup final
FRANKFURT, April 11 (Reuters) - A cool finish from Ioannis Amanatidis sent Eintracht Frankfurt through to the final of the German Cup with a 1-0 home win over Arminia Bielefeld on Tuesday.
The Greece international took a pass from Stefan Lexa in the
16th minute and rounded the keeper for the only goal in the
one-off tie at the Waldstadion.
Eintracht will face either holders Bayern Munich or third
division St Pauli in the final on April 29 at the Olympiastadion
Eintracht slipped closer to the relegation zone after a 1-0
defeat by Bielefeld on Saturday.
They quickly shrugged off those league worries on Tuesday,
attacking with relish and taking a deserved lead with the fine
run and shot from Amanatidis.
Fatmir Vata almost equalised a minute later when he smacked
the corner of post and crossbar with a long-range effort but the
home side were soon back in charge.
Amanatidis sent Markus Weissenberger clear down the left
early in the second half for what should have been 2-0.
Bielefeld had one good chance after the break when Isaac
Boakye muscled his way into space on the right of the area in
the 69th minute only to see the keeper save with his feet.
Arminia Bielefeld also lost in the semi-finals last season
to eventual winners Bayern.
Felix Magath's side, looking to complete a second successive
domestic double, are away to St Pauli in the second semi-final