DFB Pokal: Viertelfinale

The quarterfinals of the DFB Cup:

Tuesday/Wednesday
Holstein Kiel         -   Borussia Dortmund       0:4 (0:2)  11,386  (Lewandowski, Kagawa, Barrios, Perisic)
Hertha BSC Berlin     -   Borussia M'gladbach     0:2 aet    47,465  (Daems, Wendt)
TSV Hoffenheim 1899   -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth    0:1 (0:1)  14,000  (Occean)
VfB Stuttgart         -   FC Bayern München       0:2 (0:1)  57,500  (Ribery, Gomez)

Not a good round for the home sides…can’t even score a single goal…

Holstein Kiel was the sensation of the this year’s Cup campaign. The 4th division Regionalliga Nord squad had previously knocked off Bundesliga side FSV Mainz. The Storks hoped to trouble the reigning champions in a sold-out Holstein-Stadion, but the match pretty much went as expected. After Kiel wasted a early chance to take the lead, Robert Lewandowski put the Neons ahead in the 11th minute, and Shinji Kagawa pretty much settled things 7 minutes later. Dortmund really left Kiel with little chances as they controlled the match on a frozen pitch. Despite being outgunned, Holstein gave their all throughout the match and were supported by a vocal crowd enjoying the match. Late in the match, Lucas Barrios and Ivan Perisic added goals to raise the scoreline.

(Other matches scheduled for Wednesday night)

Gladbach was somewhat fortunate to win in Berlin. Overall, Hertha looked the better team for most of the match, but in overtime de Camargo did a good acting job and won a penalty, which proved to be decisive. With Hertha then throwing everything forward, Ramos blew a huge chance for the equalizer just before time. In injury add-on, Gladbach then scored on a counter to round things out.

Greuther Fürth  is the only non-Bundesliga club remaining. A small crowd in uninterested Hoffenheim watched the 2.Liga club defend tightly and fight hard, causing consternation among the Bundesliga side, which couldn’t make heads or tails out of their advantage. And soon they threw that away, as Martin Compper got his ass tossed for being a wanker after 36 minutes. Greuther Fürth took the lead on a breakaway, and then defended resolutely for the remainder. Some 4,000 fans made the journey from Fürth, and despite the cold, they had to be pretty happy.

Bayern had an easy time in Stuttgart. They were the clear better team in the 1st half, and when Gomez started things off in the 2nd with a goal, it was all over. Stuttgart was suprisingly listless and lame, as they often give Bayern a decent match. But VfB has been dicking around aimlessly for a while, so I guess this isnt too surprising.

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