DFB Pokal quarter-finals Review


Near shocking moments and big wins abound for the quarterfinals in the DFB Pokal.

Paderborn 0-2 Hamburg SV

In this all second division clash the HSV enters their first semifinal of the DFB Pokal since the 08-09 edition.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga netted a second half brace to give the northern club a massive moment in the 18-19 season. Currently sitting in second in the Zweite liga and looking to return after a first relegation, this run in the pokal has been a boon after many years of starvation in the city of Hamburg.

Regardless of the pending draw on Sunday for the next round opposition, there is one thing that is clear and the fact that this club has returned to be an impact on the national stage despite their relegation from the Bundesliga is a sign that once the Dinos return that the league and German soccer will be the better for it.

FC Augsburg 1-2 RB Leipzig (aet)

In a major moment in club history Augsburg responded correctly after their shock weekend defeat. A very late Alfred Finnbogason goal would send the closely contested match into extra time.

As happens when all matches needing extra time to be finalized, it was the away side Leipzig with a winner. A late 121st minute penalty was put away by Marcel Halstenberg. This ticket to the semifinals is a first for the club currently in third in the Bundesliga. For the city of Leipzig, it is the furthest in what is the DFB Pokal since VfB Stuttgart, who merged with Lokomotiv Leipzig, won the competition prior to World War 2.

Bayern Munich 5-4 Heidenheim

Everyone wrote off tiny Heidenheim against giants Bayern. And yet, with Der Klassiker looming the reigning Bundesliga champions looked a little worse for wear against a team from the second division.

For manager Niko Kovac and company, it is pretty regular for Bayern Munich to progress to at minimum the semifinals of the Pokal. Leon Goretzka seemed to be getting that started until the appearance of Robert Glatzel to equalize and then the little club pushed and got a second first half goal. Bayern in the second half responded with three goals to put the match out of harms way at 4-2, but two move from Glatzel meant that a very late Robert Lewandowski goal was needed to progress to the semifinals.

Schalke 0-2 Werden Bremen

The Royal Blues were thinking that after a 1-0 win over Hannover in the league would lead to success in the Pokal, but Bremen reached their second semifinal in four years by a comfortable win that keeps them unbeaten in all competitions for 2019.

Two goals in rapid succession in the second half by on fire Milot Rashica and Davy Klaassen saw the Green and White coast by their hosts. It would seem the club in on a voyage of destiny, and yet, the struggles of the Royal Blues is more haunting. They had a major victory at the weekend, but being unable to follow up means they will continue to be in trouble until the end of the season.


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