Bender (knock), Volland (foot)Coach: Peter BoszUnion Berlin: Gikiewicz - Friedrich (c), Schlotterbeck, Parensen - Ryerson, Prömel (Kroos 82'), Andrich, Lenz - Ingvartsen, Bülter (Trimmel 73') - Ujah (Andersson 70')Unused subs: Nicolas, Subotic, Polter, Malli, Becker, GentnerOut: Gogia (match fitness), Mees (thigh), Schmiedebach (muscular)Coach: Urs FischerAs it happenedLEVERKUSEN ARE THROUGH TO THE DFB CUP SEMI-FINALS! 90+1' DIABY DOES SCORE! Game, set and match. Bender breaks up a Union attack, and steers a pass to Bellarabi.
43' ALL CLEAR! A chorus of applause rings around the ground, aimed at the Red Cross Members who attended to the unwell fan we mentioned earlier in the game. A thumbs-up from one of the medics tells everyone inside the BayArena all they need to know. What relief, and what a fantastic job. 39' UNION LEAD!!!!! We have a goal at the BayArena! Leverkusen are picked off in midfield, Marcus Bülter puts his head down and drives up the right, shaking off Sinkgraven, and whipping an inviting ball into the box. Marcus Ingvartsen is completely unmarked when he makes contact on the far side - no chance for Hradecky. 31' AMIRI DOWNThere's a stoppage here as the physios come on to the pitch to attend to Amiri.
The mood inside the BayArena changed around the 20-minute mark when news filtered through of a fan being taking ill in one of the stands. The two sets of supporters fell silent to allow the medics to carry out their job, only returning to full voice following confirmation that the fan was in recovery and being transported to the local hospital. That came soon after Marcus Ingvartsen had given Union the lead, heading in a fine cross from Bülter. Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz turned to Moussa Diaby and Mitchell Weiser at half-time, and the switch brought almost immediate results. Not long after Sven Bender had tested Rafal Gikiewicz, Christopher Lenz was booked for a foul on Diaby.
Less than 10 minutes later, he was sent off after scything down Charles Aranguiz. There was only going to be one winner from thereon in as Leverkusen took less than 60 seconds to make their numerical advantage count. Kai Havertz set up substitute Karim Bellarabi to level, before Aranguiz powered in a Kerem Demirbay corner after Gikiewicz had saved from Diaby. The French flier put the icing on the cake in added time, converting Bellarabi's pass following a swift counter to send Leverkusen into the last four. Match statsLeverkusen have won 10 of their last 12 matches in all competitions. Bayer reached the semi-finals two years ago, losing 6-2 to record champions Bayern Munich. Bellarabi scored his eighth career DFB Cup goal.
That's a pair of yellow cards apiece for the two sides with little under 30 minutes of normal time remaining. 59' OPEN GAMEMuch more urgency to the game in the season half. Diaby's pace has added another dimension to Bayer's game - can they get back in the tie? 50' BENDER! Leverkusen win a corner, which is only half cleared.
That's exactly what Bosz will have wanted to see from the young Frenchman. Rapid. SECOND HALF! Two attacking changes for Leverkusen, with Mitchell Weiser and Moussa Diaby coming on for Jonathan Tah and Nadiem Amiri. Union are unchanged. HALF-TIME! Union lead at the break thanks to Ingvartsen's goal. The Berlin club are 45 minutes from a place in the semi-finals! 45' TAH DOES HIS JOBWe're back to full volume as Ingvartsen flicks on Bülter's pass for Ujah. He looks like he might be in for a moment, before Tah recovers his ground and puts the ball out for a throw. The whistle then sounds for an offside call against the Union forward.
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Sven Bender - a two-time DFB Cup winner with Borussia Dortmund - connects on the volley. Straight at Gikiewicz! Much better tempo to Bayer's play since the restart... 47' DIABY! Phwoar! Bailey sends Diaby in on goal. He's going full tilt, but manages to stay on his feet as he shakes off Parensen, only for a heavy touch to send the ball out of play with Gikiewicz closing in.
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