Defending champions fc bayern munchen have reached the eighth final of the dfb cup with a solid showing. Last season’s treble winners won their second-round home match against hannover 96 4:1 (2:1).
Schalke 04 and sc freiburg also through to third round. "Konigsblau" ended the cup fairy tale of third division sv darmstadt 98 with a 3:1 (1:1), freiburg took revenge for last season’s semifinal exit with a 2:1 (0:0) in the baden-wurttemberg duel with vfb stuttgart.
In total, ten first division teams, five second division teams and the 1. Fc saarbrucken only one third-division club left in the field of eighth-finalists. While eintracht frankfurt comfortably knocked out second-division side vfl bochum 2-0 (2-0), hertha bsc lost 3-1 (1-0) at 1. Fc kaiserslautern. Meanwhile, third-league team 1. Fc saarbrucken a cup shocker. After werder bremen, the traditional club also knocked second-division sc paderborn out of the competition with a 2:1 (2:0) win. In a duel between two second-division teams, fsv frankfurt lost 0:2 (0:1) at home to fc ingolstadt, while 1. Fc union berlin solved their compulsory task at vfl osnabruck with 1:0 (1:0).
The bavarians spoiled the 66,000 spectators in the not quite sold-out allianz arena for 30 minutes and went ahead through thomas muller (17.) and claudio pizarro (27.) also deserved 2:0 lead. Didier ya konan (37.) then punished before the break the slackening of the hosts, who eleven days ago after the 2-0 victory in the match against the same opponent had been sharply attacked by sports director matthias sammer. Possibly mindful of his words, the bavarians stepped up their game again after the change of ends. Again muller (64.) and substitute franck ribery (78.) deservedly made everything clear even at this level.
Schalke had more trouble. Seconds after jefferson farfan’s converted penalty kick (35.) hanno behrens equalized for the outsiders. Captain benedikt howedes (59.) after just under an hour, he headed the ball back into the visitors’ lead. Max meyer (86.) eliminated a week after his 18. Birthday last doubts. In freiburg, vfb goalscorer vedad ibisevic (87.) late on for some more suspense, but in the end the sportclub was able to breathe a sigh of relief and finally celebrate a win after seven compulsory games. Matthias ginter (52.) and mike hanke (70.) had shot the european league participant in front.
The new fck coach kosta runjaic celebrated the hoped-for first victory at his premiere at the betzenberg. In the stadium, which was only full of atmosphere as usual after the break, goal scorer mohamadou idrissou (52), who had returned from a red suspension, scored the winning goal. /83.) and karim matmour (63.) reduced the deficit through peter niemeyer (25.) still in a also in this height deserved victory of the "red devils". Hertha coach luhukay had put nine new players into the starting eleven compared to sunday’s 1-1 draw in freiburg, and the result was the capital club’s fifth second-round exit in the past seven years.
In the rematch of the 1988 cup final (1:0 for frankfurt), ex-bochum player takashi inui and stefan aigner scored twice (24./25.) already in the middle of the first half, the way was paved for eintracht’s progress. A few kilometers away as the crow flies, local rivals fsv frankfurt were beaten by the ingolstadt team for the second time in three days. Tamas hajnal made the second-division team rejoice this time with a goal and a free-kick assist.
The last seven times in series winless saarbrucker scored striker thomas rathgeber (7./38.) practically single-handedly into the eighth finals. In osnabruck, captain torsten mattuschka did just that with a penalty kick (14.) for the 1. Fc union.
The eighth final will be played on 3./4. December will take place, national coach joachim low this sunday from 18.00 o’clock (live in the ard) the pairings draw.