While Borussia Dortmund actively claim to be one European football’s most creative and crazy supporters, they were well and truly given a run for their money by their German Cup opposition Magdeburg.
Dortmund, who are flying high at the top of the Bundesliga, went into their clash with the German third-tier side on Tuesday night having missed out on the FIFA Best Supporters award to Celtic on Monday.
And while Celtic claim the prize for 2017, Magdeburg could have given both a run for their money.
Ahead of Dortmund’s 5-0 thrashing at the hands of the Bundesliga giants, the home side unveiled a quite remarkable and Dortmund-esque crowd display, in reference to ‘Jigsaw’, a famed character from the Saw movie franchise.
Despite the considerable margin, Magdeburg held the own for the most-part of the first half, only to finally be broken down by Peter Bosz’s side on 42 minutes, courtesy of substitute Gonzalo Castro, who was assisted by 18-year-old Alexander Isak.
Isak, making his debut, the youngster certainly made an impression as he extended the lead shortly after the break, slotting in from the left of the box with great composure.
Two quick-fire goals with 15 minutes to go by Andriy Yarmalenko and Marc Bartra extended the onslaught, before Shinji Kagawa left his mark on the game in stoppage time.
But while the second half was pretty horrifying for the home support, their display in the pre-game will leave a scar on their visitors as Halloween approaches, and would have given John Kramer himself to his knees.
It was a display the ‘Yellow Wall’ would have been impressed by, and possibly inspired by, having made a name for themselves as the crowd display experts over the years, with their 2013 champions league banner unveiled against Malaga.
Crowd banners are now a growing phenomenon in football with ‘This is Russia’ presented by the international supporters in 2012 a memorable one, swiftly followed by Croatia’s ‘Hell-fire’ display a year later.
Inspiration was a plenty for the Magdeburg faithful but if the banner itself wasn’t enough to spook their visitors, the narrative was.
For the German speakers among us, the banner read: ‘You think the game is over, the games have only just begun.’