Werder Bremen moved into the final of the German League Cup with a 2-1 win over Hamburg.
The competition is the traditional curtain raiser to the Bundesliga season and a crowd of over 27,000 witnessed Werder battled hard for victory.
Egyptian striker Mohamed Zidan fired Werder ahead on 50 minutes, but Hamburg's summer recruit from Kaiserslautern, Boubacar Sanogo drew his side level 20 minutes from time.
Hamburg's hopes of victory were dealt a blow as Nigel de Jong was dismissed 15 minutes from time and Werder took advantage of their numerical superiority to claim victory when Torsten Frings fired a fine shot into the corner eight minutes from time.
Werder will face the winners of Wednesday's semi-final between Bayern Munich and Schalke 04.