DFB-Pokal: Which three players impressed in the semi-finals?

Bayern and Leverkusen both emerged victorious in their respective games to reach the final

10:15am on Friday 12th June 2020
Martin Macdonald
Kerem Demirbay
DM, M (C) - Leverkusen - 26 yrs
Jun 9, 2020
90Minutes played
4Total shots
40Final third passes
5Touches in box
7Duels won
93Successfull passes %

Leverkusen progressed to the final of the DFB-Pokal after ending the fairytale run of Saarbrucken with a comfortable 3-0 semi-final victory. Kerem Demirbay was the best player in the match, and the best player of the semi-final round overall.

The 26-year-old had a hand in all three goals, recording two assists and playing a massive part in the other.

For his official assists, he dinked a gorgeous pass over the top of the opposition defence for Moussa Diaby to cleverly finish, which was followed by a cheeky touch over the oncoming defender inside the box followed by the pass inside for Karim Bellarabi to score the third.

In between, he basically set up the second goal for Lucas Alario with a stinging cross inside which proved too hot to handle for the Saarbrucken keeper and one of his defenders, allowing the Argentine to smash in the loose ball.

Demirbay ran the show overall, completing 81/87 passes to team-mates as well as enjoying 114 touches of the ball which was more than any other player in this semi-final round.

D, M (L) - Leverkusen - 26 yrs
Jun 9, 2020
90Minutes played
1Total shots
4Tackles won
16Final third passes
7Duels won
9Ball recovered
93Successfull passes %

Wendell was another top performer for Leverkusen, making the left wing his own with a cracking display down the touchline.

Going forward, he contributed five successful crosses and 16 passes into the final third, as well as recording an outstanding pass completion rate of 93%.

When up against an opposition player he was usually dominant, too, winning 7/12 duels and 4/5 tackles, as well as making nine ball recoveries and two clearances.

Thomas Müller
AM (CR) - Bayern - 30 yrs
Jun 10, 2020
90Minutes played
2Total shots
22Final third passes
9Touches in box
7Duels won

Another game of football, another assist for Thomas Muller. In all competitions this season, he has assisted no less than 24 goals for his team-mates, including one against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Just 14 minutes in, he opportunistically picked out Ivan Perisic with a lofted cross into the box on the half-volley which was dutifully scored by the Croatian with the header.

Muller held an authority over Frankfurt and they couldn't really get near him.

He won 7/9 duels and 100% of his aerial duels (3/3), while he also made five ball recoveries and two clearances.

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