Frankfurt makes first German Cup final

MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany – Eintracht Frankfurt won 7-6 in a penalty shoot-out at Borussia Moenchengladbach after a 1-1 draw yesterday to reach the German Cup final for the first time in 11 years and set up a showdown with either holders Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund.

Taleb Tawatha put the visitors ahead after a dominant quarter of an hour with Gladbach, who were missing eight players through injury, looking without a game plan for the entire first half.

Ibrahima Traore found some space in first half stoppage time to cross and Jonas Hofmann stabbed in at the far post to equalise.

The hosts improved in the second half but created few chances in a lacklustre game that meandered towards penalties.

Both teams scored their first six spot kicks before Frankfurt keeper Lukas Hradecky saved two penalties in a row and former Gladbach player Branimir Hrgota converted the winning spot kick to send Eintracht through.

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