Schalke advance to German Cup final after upset win at Bayern
A Raul goal on Wednesday saw Schalke 04 advance to the German Cup final after stunning the holders Bayern Munich 1-0 in Bavaria, dpa reported.
The Bundesliga side will meet MSV Duisburg in the final after the second division club beat Energie Cottbus 2-1 on Tuesday.
In Munich Bayern started the stronger side, but it was Schalke who had the first real chance in the 14th minute when a Jefferson Farfan free-kick was only cleared away for a corner at the very last moment.
Farfan played the resultant corner to the head of Benedikt Hoewedes, whose header found Raul in space and the Spaniard made no mistake from a short distance.
Although Bayern continued dominating the remainder of the first half, they failed to create any real chances.
The cup holders came out of the change-room even more determined and finally also started creating scoring opportunities.
Just two minutes after the break Dutch international Arjen Robben failed to connect with a Danijel Pranjic cross and shortly afterwards it was Bastian Schweinsteiger whose free header was aimed straight at goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
On the hour a Robben free-kick across the area was narrowly missed, while Germany striker Mario Gomez had a strong penalty appeal turned down eight minutes from the end.
Schalke then held onto their slender lead to qualify for their 12th German cup final.
Duisburg on Tuesday advanced to the final for the fourth time in their history with a 2-1 victory against fellow second-division club Energie Cottbus.
Stefan Maierhofer and Srdjan Baljak scored the goals for the home side while Nils Petersen pulled one back from the spot for Cottbus against Duisburg, who ended the game with ten men after Bruno Soares was sent off.