Heavy snow­fall beats Dortmund

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BER­LIN: Borus­sia Dortmund’s Ger­man Cup quar­ter-fi­nal at third-tier Sport­fre­unde Lotte was post­poned on Tues­day af­ter heavy snow­fall made the pitch un­playable, the Ger­man FA (DFB) said.

It started to snow in the af­ter­noon and the pitch was quickly blan­keted, forc­ing or­gan­is­ers to post­pone the match af­ter dis­cus­sions with the DFB, ref­eree Felix Brych and team of­fi­cials.

“We saw the pitch our­selves and thought that the de­ci­sion was jus­ti­fied,” said Dortmund cap­tain Mar­cel Sch­melzer.

“We re­turned to the chang­ing rooms. No foot­ball game can be played here. We fully agree and un­der­stand the de­ci­sion.”

The DFB said the game would take place as soon as pos­si­ble.

Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt reached the semi-fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion for the first time in a decade af­ter Danny Blum scored in the sixth minute to give them a 1-0 vic­tory over sec­ond di­vi­sion Ar­minia Biele­feld.

The game also marked the re­turn of Frank­furt’s Marco Russ, who was di­ag­nosed with can­cer in 2016 and re­ceived treat­ment be­fore be­ing given a clean bill of health. He came on as a late sub­sti­tute to a stand­ing ova­tion.

Hold­ers Bay­ern Mu­nich faced Schalke 04 in their quar­ter-fi­nal late yes­ter­day while Ham­burg SV en­ter­tained Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach in the other last-eight clash.

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