Cup runneth over…

Quarterfinals of the DFB Cup had no real surprises, if you haven’t seen the results already.

Bayern München defeated Borussia Dortmund 1-0, to erase the memory of last year’s crushing defeat. Arjen Robben got the only goal, and he seems to have played himself into decent form. There was intense interest in the match, yet another sell-out in the Allainz. The leaders were the better team, and although the Neons had some solid moments, Bayern deserved the victory. There seems little to stand in their way of a domestic double now.

VfB Stuttgart beat VfL Bochum 2-0. This was a ho-hum match, nobody really cared, as evidenced by the half-empty stadium. Stuttgart was clearly better, but were largely dicking around. Bochum gave a decent effort, but since they have no talent, the loss was inevitable.

A wild match in Mainz, where Freiburg won 3-2 in overtime. SCF looked to have an edge, but it took an injury time penalty to equalize, and the Breisgauer went on to win.

And finally, the dream ends, as Kickers Offenbach loses 1-2 to VfL Wolfsburg. The 3.Liga side gave a good account of themselves, but the VWs were far superior. However, it took quite a while for them to beat down their hosts.

So the likely Cup winner will end up being Bayern München, since it’s unlikely that any of the remaining clubs have a breath of a chance if Bayern is interested in winning. What it does mean however is that the losing finalist will qualify for Europe, so Stuttgart and Wolfsburg could end up in a good spot if the draw favors them; Freiburg has a real good chance to qualify anyway, so no advantage there.

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