The dream of playing a DFB-Pokal final in Berlin will have to wait another year. Despite showing plenty of heart and scoring four times, Hertha were unable to progress past the first round of the cup. In a spectacular, wild match, it was the hosts Eintracht Braunschweig who prevailed, 5-4. "The match was a nightmare," said Alexander Schwolow, who had probably imagined his Hertha debut going rather differently. "We showed some good foundations, but we conceded five goals. Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong.” herthabsc.de has collected the key quotes from the post-match reaction.
Alexander Schwolow: The match was a nightmare. Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. It was awful, a disaster. We dreamt of winning the whole thing at home. It’s really tough to take. With any luck, I would’ve kept the free-kick out at the start. The ball fell awkwardly – it sums up the game. We showed some good foundations, but we conceded five goals. When you get the equaliser, you’re obviously happy and it makes you feel like you’re a step closer, but then we became error-prone. Braunschweig were clinical in attack and also had luck on their side.