Status: 20.11.2023, 17:34 PM
By: Lucas Klobeck
Marco Hiller rescues TSV 1860 in a penalty shoot-out into the Toto Cup semi-finals. © Sven Leifer
So far, there has been one Toto Cup match between TSV 1860 Munich and SpVgg Unterhaching. On the occasion of the upcoming S-Bahn derby, we take a look back.
Munich - It's been more than four years since TSV 1860 Munich and SpVgg Unterhaching faced each other for the first time in the Toto Cup. Before the game on 11 October 2019, the omens could not have been better for the visitors. With 22 points from eleven games, the Hachinger team were the leaders of the third division at that time.
However, that was no reason for Markus Schwabl to become arrogant: "You're never the favourite against sixty, especially not when you're Haching. I'd say the odds are 50-50." The Lions went into the Toto Cup quarter-finals with 14 points from eleven games.
Almost sold-out Grünwalder experiences personnel changes on both sides
11,100 spectators came to the municipal stadium on Grünwalderstraße to watch the S-Bahn derby in the Toto Cup quarter-finals. Both coaches, Daniel Bierofka and Claus Schromm, made six changes to their line-ups compared to the previous league games. Among others, Marco Hiller slipped back into the Lions' first eleven. A move that turned out to be Bierofka's golden hand.
Football romance at the Grünwalder Stadium
The S-Bahn derby had many attributes that football romantics would wish for. There were a lot of racy duels and both teams didn't put themselves at the back, but looked for the direct route to the goal. But there weren't many goal-area scenes. In the 16th minute, the home side had the first significant opportunity of the game in the person of Prince-Osei Owusu with a shot from the turmoil.
At this point, the suburbanites could only show free kicks as noteworthy actions. But then it was a corner in the 41st minute by Sascha Bigalke, which Florian Dietz put into the goal with a header that was unstoppable for Hiller. For the second half, Bierofka brought on Mölders for Klaasen, who was in danger of red. The mood among the Lions supporters seemed to change when Owusu put the ball into Kroll's goal with a powerful header to make it 1-1 after a Steinhart cross. After that, only Dietz had two big header chances.
Hiller becomes a cup hero
Due to the draw after 90 minutes played, the game was continued in a penalty shootout in front of the West Curve. The Hachinger Grauschopf, Stahl and Heinrich all failed against Hiller, who becomes the killer Hiller in this S-Bahn derby.
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You try to save as many penalties as you can, and if it ends up like that, all the better.
Marco Hiller at Isarkick.TV
Claus Schromm was visibly disappointed after the game: "The penalty shoot-out rate is subterranean throughout the club." Daniel Bierofka, on the other hand, knew from training that Hiller is a strong penalty killer: "So I didn't have a bad feeling at all." The man of the day, Marco Hiller, was modest about his performance on Isarkick.tv: "I didn't think much. You try to save as many penalties as you can, and if it ends up like that, all the better. You just want to win more because it's a derby."