Schalke wins German Cup 4-2Posted: Saturday May 11, 2002 4:28 PM
Updated: Saturday May 11, 2002 8:23 PM
BERLIN (AP) -- Schalke took home the German Cup title Saturday for the second straight year with a 4-2 thrashing that left Bayer Leverkusen still waiting for a trophy this season.
Leverkusen, which was chasing a treble until two weeks ago, now is down to the Champions League final Wednesday against Real Madrid or it will come up empty-handed in a magnificent season.
"What does it matter, 1-2, 1-3, we didn't play well. With our marking, you couldn't win," said Leverkusen German international Carsten Ramelow.
Schalke took control in front of 70,000 fans at Berlin's historic Olympiastadion with two second half goals as Nigerian forward Victor Agali scored in the 68th minute and Andreas Moeller three minutes later.
Danish international Ebbe Sand headed in a cross with seven minutes left to pad the victory, while Joerg Boehme scored in the 45th as the match ended up at the half even at 1-1.
Leverkusen's goals came from Dimitar Berbatov in the 27th and in the 89th from Ulf Kirsten, who played his last match. The forward thrice won the Bundesliga's leading marksman honors and was the country's top scorer of the '90s.
The Schalke goal that did the most damage was Joerg Boehme's curling free kick against the flow of play to level the match at 1-1 seconds before the half.
"That really helped us mentally," said Schalke 'keeper Oliver Reck.
Before then, Leverkusen had seemed to be in control, holding a 1-0 lead when Bulgarian forward Dimitar redirected a pass inside the left post amidst a flurry of chances for his team.
In the second half, Leverkusen never seemed to be in the match, perhaps with the players distracted by the looming Champions Cup match.
The match was the final one for Schalke coach Huub Stevens, who will move to Hertha Berlin next season, after guiding the club to the 1997 UEFA Cup title and last year's cup victory.
Agali, who played because of an injury to regular Emile Mpenza, too
k a through pass and slipped past Brazilian defender Lucio. His harmless looking roller, however, fit just inside the right post.
Moeller surfaced unmarked near the left post just three minutes later on a break and rifled a shot inside the opposite post against the sleepy-looking Leverkusen defenders.