Bavaria sits in Berlin after – Schalke’s special victory
The Cup Wednesday started early on Wednesday evening with the Bundesliga duel between RB Leipzig and VfL Wolfsburg – in the end, the Saxons won the match confidently but narrowly. Kiel had a number of good chances against Augsburg, but left them unused and was punished. In the evening Schalke won under special circumstances against Düsseldorf with 4:1. The Bavarians only prevailed in Berlin in extra time with 3:2.
FC Bayern Munich was challenged after the unexpected 1:3 league defeat in Leverkusen – at Hertha. The club that had not lost the previous four duels against Bayern (1/3/0). And also this time the start went completely after the taste of the citizens of Berlin: First referee Markus Schmidt Goretzka, who had been hit in the sixteenth by Rekik, gave wrongly yellow because of an alleged swallow and then stabbed also still on the opposite side Mittelstädt to (3.). The joy about the lead in the capital did not last long, because Gnabry answered immediately with 1:1 (7.). After that, the Munichers gained clear advantages, but were not able to add further points at first – and this against a Berlin, which practically did not appear offensively anymore. Nevertheless, it seemed only a matter of time before the record cup winner would strike again. And shortly after the change of sides the time had come: Via Lewandowski and James the ball came to Gnabry, who crowned his great performance with his double pack (49th). Hertha didn’t come up with much afterwards, while the guests were full of verve and dominant and almost thought they had reached the finish line. But a mistake of Hummels – he headed much too briefly in the direction of Ulreich – opened the door again, Joker Selke stepped through and set on 2:2 (67.). Bavaria’s following pressure phase remained unsuccessful, it went into overtime. In this was to be seen finally a hit of the pure will: Lewandowski led a Goretzka header artistically to the inside, where Coman asserted himself against several Berliners and headed in to 3:2 (98.). The decision.
Schalke’s cup match against Fortuna Düsseldorf was overshadowed by the sad news of the death of S04 manager legend Rudi Assauer. Königsblau came up with a mourning pile, there was also a minute’s silence before the whistle started – but not much was offered in sports. Bad cleanliness and a lack of willingness to take risks on both sides ensured that scoring chances were not to be seen for a long time. Only a real Schalker self-produced broke the spell – and that was also worth seeing. Starting debutant Kutucu, equipped with a professional contract only a few days ago, picked up speed after half an hour, pulled in from the right to the inside in the typical seal manner and flicked the ball sensitively into the corner to a 1:0 half-time stand. In passage two, the squires made everything clear: Shortly after the restart, Sané was on the spot at one corner (48th), then Uth was the decisive duster (53rd) – 3:0. The drop was sucked – and S04 one round further. Hennings’ goal to 1:3 (71.) did not really matter anymore, especially as Sané had the last word shortly before the end with his goal to the 4:1 final score (87.). A result that would certainly have pleased Assauer as well.
Leipzig reaches quarter-finals for the first time
Fourth against sixth – the round of sixteen between RB Leipzig and VfL Wolfsburg gave hope for a balanced duel, but then a long and monotonous game developed. RB got off to a good start even without Werner (infection), set the pace and was already leading after nine minutes: Klostermann operated Matheus Cunha, who left Brooks standing and overcame Casteels. As the race progressed, the Leipziger earned the lead because they acted more structured and were more stable. It remained exciting for a long time because RB left some high-class chances behind (Laimer, 54th; Poulsen, 57th; Sabitzer, 58th). Saxony didn’t have to worry about their weak chances, in the end the 1:0 was enough to reach the round of the last eight for the first time in the history of the DFB Cup.
Kiel too negligent – Gregoritsch serves the receipt
FC Augsburg had finally won three games in the Bundesliga after ten games without a win in a row against Mainz 3-0, but coach Manuel Baum now had to get by without the battered Finnbogason, Moravek, Koo and Schmid. Newcomers Oxford and Felix Götze, among others, were used, but the latter was replaced before half-time. The reason: Before that, the Kielers, who were generally more active and more pleasing, had repeatedly caused danger on Götze’s side. But even without the 20-year-old, the FCA had a hard time, had to survive several dicey situations. The storks played well, but had to be blamed for a flagrant weakness in their final game. Serra (40th, 52nd), Schindler (43rd), Mühling (44th), Okuga