A controversial penalty helped Kiel to victory. © APA / afp / LEON KUEGELER
An unjustified penalty kick initiates Kiel’s victory in Essen. The second division is in the cup semi-finals for the first time.
March 03, 2021
Holstein Kiel coach Ole Werner uttered only a short cheer after the club’s historic entry into the DFB Cup semi-finals, the defeated opponent Rot-Weiss Essen struggled with a scandalous penalty. Bayern-Schreck ended the fourth division club’s fairy tale on Wednesday at Hafenstrasse and reached the semi-finals of the DFB Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
In the second quarter-final attempt after 2012, it worked with the entry into the semi-finals. The Kielers scored against the brisk outsider with a double strike within 113 seconds by Alexander Mühling (26th / foul penalty) and Janni Serra (28th). However, the penalty whistle to make it 0: 1 was a clear mistake: Essen’s Dennis Grote slid in from behind on the left in the penalty area, Kiel’s Finn Porath fell, the referee gave a penalty straight away. A contact could not be clearly recognized in slow motion. But the video referee did not intervene.
“It’s a huge scandal for me,” scolded Essen’s CEO Marcus Uhlig during the break at Sky: “You wonder if everyone was asleep there. And I’m sure: If the 911 doesn’t exist, it won’t be 2-0. “Even coach Christian Neidhart didn’t understand why the video referee didn’t intervene, but emphasized:” We can all be very proud of the cup series, we played. ”Joshua Mees conceded the third goal in the 90th minute.