BREMEN TAKE LAST PLACE OF FINAL FOUR



After a stellar performance against TSV Bad Königshofen, SV Werder Bremen enter the Liebherr Pokal-Finale 2017/18. Bastian Steger und Co. win all games against the visitors and league newcomers.

Bastian Steger

Without any effort against Kilian Ort: Bastian Steger (Photo: Vorberg)

Sometimes things are almost too easy: SV Werder Bremen win the cup quarterfinal against newcomer TSV Bad Königshofen without losing a single game and are about to face defending champion Borussia Düsseldorf in the Liebherr Pokal-Finale on January 6, 2018. "With the round of 16 win against Fulda, we have practically paved our way into the Final Four," said Werder coach Cristian Tamas. "We were just there today, we were focused and snappy."

At the start in Bremen's Klaus-Dieter-Fischer-Halle, Bremen's top player Bastian Steger set the course with a win against Kilian Ort just before Omar Assar extended the lead against Slovenia's European Championships hero Darko Jorgic. Jorgic was not without a chance, but missed a 6-1 lead in the third game and finally had to give in.

After the break, only in the first game Filip Zeljko – who was replacing Bad Königshofen's top player Mizuki Oikawa that day –  was at eye level with Werder new signing Florent Lambiet before Bremen's Belgian perfected a plain 3-0 win. "Of course the match would have been different with Oikawa playing. However, he did not score against us in the league either," said Tamas.

For Bremen a long barren run now came to an end. The Tamas team is qualified in a final tournament of the German Table Tennis Cup for the first time since the 2014/15 season.

Overview

SV Werder Bremen – TSV Bad Königshofen 3:0
Bastian Steger – Kilian Ort 3:0 (11:8, 11:2, 11:6)
Omar Assar – Darko Jorgic 3:0 (11:5, 11:7, 11:9)
Florent Lambiet – Filip Zeljko 3:0 (13:11, 11:6, 11:9)