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FC Saarbrücken has not succeeded in giving the ultimate cup fairytale a suitable sequel. After the third division team successively eliminated Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Mönchengladbach, 1. FC Kaiserslautern proved to be too big in the semi-final: 0-2.

Compared to the previous cup match with Mönchengladbach, coach Rudiger Ziehl made a change in his starting eleven. Robin Becker replaced Calogero Rizzuto on the left side of midfield.

While enjoying a wonderful atmosphere in the Ludwigspark Stadium, the home team started the game fiercely. It didn't really result in big chances, but it did result in field dominance.

The first danger was for the third divisionist. Marcel Gaus' characteristic long throw-in led to a chaotic situation in the goalmouth of the visitors, who barely managed to clear the ball.

Just before half time, Saarbrücken scored the biggest chance of the first company. Kai Brünker was on the receiving end of a free kick, but headed wide of the goal, completely released.

Kaiserslautern emerged from the dressing room much better and that immediately resulted in the opening goal. Marlon Ritter defeated goalkeeper Tim Schreiber in the short corner on behalf of the visitors: 0-1.

Saarbrücken tried to restore the equal score and Brünker attempted to do so with a beautifully designed backheel. In vain. The resistance was finally broken after 75 minutes, when Almamy Touré, who provided the assist for the 0-1 score, ended the match.

Tymoteusz Puchacz swung a free kick in front of the goal, where Touré converted the ball into a goal with a convincing header: 0-2. This is how a magical Saarbrücken adventure comes to an end.

Second division player Kaiserslautern can now wait and see who will emerge victorious in the other semi-final on Wednesday evening, when top favorites Bayer Leverkusen and Fortuna Düsseldorf compete against each other.

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