May 20 2018
Niko Kovac smoothed relations with new club Bayern Munich as he admitted the Bundesliga champions ought to have been awarded a stoppage-time penalty to disclaim his Eintracht Frankfurt aspect DFB-Pokal glory.
Frankfurt, led by Kovac for the ultimate time, ran out 3-1 winners in Berlin , however solely after Javi Martinez gave the impression to be denied a transparent spot-kick when fouled by Kevin-Prince Boateng in a frenetic conclusion to the sport.
Mijat Gacinovic went on to attain a 3rd for Frankfurt, however Kovac had no drawback acknowledging that the staff he’ll go away behind have been lucky in opposition to his future employers.
“Kevin went to clear the ball but hit his foot,” Kovac informed ARD . “I think we were lucky. It was a penalty kick.”
The departing Frankfurt coach nonetheless discovered time to have a good time the victory, although, describing it as a “beautiful story”.
“Football provides the most beautiful stories,” he stated. “I am completely happy for the membership, for the followers and for the staff.
“We stood right here earlier than the sport and mentioned it. When you are collectively, you are able to do something, be it in sports activities or in society. That is what has occurred with this staff that has at all times labored arduous for achievement.
“I want to thank all of those who have supported us. Of course I am happy about the title, but I am sad to be leaving.”
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic appeared to conflict with Kovac following the penalty enchantment however was apologetic afterwards.
“That was in the heat of the moment,” he stated. “I might have given the penalty. It’s clear the referee didn’t see it. He cuts his toes off within the space.
“It’s a clear penalty. It does not help to talk about it but, for me, it’s clear.”
supply : Goal.com