Now that’s what you call an away end! German side Dynamo Dresden create a ‘yellow wall’ after taking 35,000 fans on 250-mile round trip to Berlin for German Cup clash with Hertha… only to watch their side lose on penalties after thrilling draw
A staggering 35,000 supporters travelled to watch Dynamo Dresden’s second round German Cup game against Hertha Berlin on Wednesday.
Dresden fans are known for their passionate and immense support, and they formed a ‘yellow wall’ in the Olympiastadion, similar to the famous Borussia Dortmund yellow wall at home games.
They brought huge banners, flags and flares to the match, but did not see their team progress after a crushing penalty-shoot-out defeat.
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Dynamo Dresden brought a staggering 35,000 fans to the Olympiastadion in Berlin
The away supporters brought flags, banners and flares for the second round cup contest
Dresden fans created an unbelievable atmosphere, suitable for a cup final let alone round two
Stadium: Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion (32,085 capacity)
Division: Bundesliga 2
Trophies: DDR-Oberliga (8-time champions), FDGB-Pokal (7-time winners), Deutschland Cup (1990), Bundesliga 3 (2015-16)
Famous former players: Hans-Jurgen Dorner, Hans-Jurgen Kreische, Matthias Sammer
But they did witness a thrilling game, which ended 3-3 after-extra-time with both teams saving themselves from elimination with last-minute goals.
Dresden have a home gate of around 28,000 in their 32,085 capacity stadium in the south-east of Germany.
But their away support is famous – they brought 20,000 fans with them to the Allianz Arena three years ago, for a cup game against 1860 Munich.
In Wednesday’s match, Dresden were 2-1 down in normal-time before Patrick Ebert’s penalty sent the game to an additional 30 minutes.
The Bundesliga 2 side were on the verge of an upset after taking a 3-2 lead, but were pegged back in extra-time stoppage-time – Jordan Torunarigha scoring Hertha’s equaliser.
Fittingly, the game went to a shoot-out, where Hertha prevailed 5-4 after Kevin Ehlers failed to convert in sudden death.
Fans of Dynamo Dresden cheer prior to the second-round clash on Wednesday evening
The mammoth away support meant local police were on red alert at the Olympiastadion
The Bundesliga club progress to the round-of-16, and will discover who they play in Sunday’s draw.
Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund beat Bundesliga leaders Borussia Monchengladbach – a Julian Brandt double sealing a 2-1 comeback win.
On Tuesday, Bayern Munich beat second-tier side VfL Bochum also by a 2-1 scoreline, with Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller scoring late on.