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After going out of the DFB Cup on penalties to Fortuna Düsseldorf, we spoke to some visibly disappointed Boys in Brown in the mixed zone. The pick of the post-match reaction. 

Head coach Fabian Hürzeler: "We were very untidy and not as precise in our build-play as we'd set out to be. Nevertheless, we dictated the proceedings and had our moments. Not the clear-cut opportunities, but we had good presence. We should have gone 2-1 up in extra-time and we had the momentum on our side after we made it 2-2, but we didn't take advantage in the penalty shootout. It's hard to take, but that's football. We didn't play as well as can over the 90 minutes, we have to admit. It's important to get back up again after such a bitter disappointment. That's what makes a great team. You can't be on the up all the time, mistakes are part and parcel of the game."

Sascha Burchert: "We need to watch the game back and analyse it. It was an emotional rollercoaster. We were well in the game even though some things didn't come off. If anyone had chances, it was us. We conceded the opener at a stupid time when we'd just found our feet, but we got back into it, and when they made it 2-1, we really pulled together. I had hold of the ball but then it slipped out. We came back a second time and it went to penalties. I saved one at the beginning, but we ended up going out. My emotional rollercoaster is in the basement."

Hauke Wahl: "It hurts, of course. We gave our all today and kept our belief until the last second. We didn't play well in the first half. We weren't as tenacious as we were at Düsseldorf. In the second half we showed a different side to ourselves, though it was very scrappy in the final quarter of an hour. We kept our focus and belief that we could get another goal and that's what we did. It's obviously bitterly disappointing to go out on penalties. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, and we're left disappointed."

Philipp Treu: "It's hard to put into words. I'm incredibly proud of the team for the way we fought to the end. We didn't play our usual game today. Mentally we were all there, the legs perhaps less so. You could tell we were tiring in extra-time, especially after the game on Saturday. And then penalties simply come down to luck."

Daniel Thioune (Fortuna Düsseldorf coach): "It was important for us to get into the tie quickly and accept the challenge. We gave what we could and got what we expected. It was a battle of attrition and we defended with great discipline. We kept things tight, which is what we set out to do on Saturday. This time we didn't make the same individual errors and in that respect we took a step forward. The rest was high drama, especially when you concede in the 120th minute. Huge compliments to my team for bouncing back. The same goes for the shootout, where we fell behind and then saved the penalty that had to be retaken. We're absolutely delighted to have reached the DFB Cup semi-final."


Photos: Witters/FC St. Pauli