DFB Cup: Nuremberg and Kaiserslautern through

1. FC Nuremberg are preparing for the DFB Cup quarter-finals against FC Schalke 04. It’s something of a friendly match as the fans of both clubs have enjoyed good relations for many years. The common tradition of being the once best German club created this kinship: the “Club” achieved nine German titles, FC Schalke seven. Now the clubs will meet again on Tuesday (January 25), but for the players the friendship will play no part for at least 90 minutes. Qualification for the semi-finals of the DFB Cup is at stake.

Nuremberg reached this stage when they took advantage of a postponed match to defeat Kickers Offenbach 2-0 away. Offenbach are presently top team in the third division and previously caused a sensation by eliminating Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. In the second postponed match a first division club also beat third division opposition: 1. FC Kaiserslautern won the Rhineland-Palatine derby 4-1 at TuS Koblenz after being 1-0 down. Kaiserslautern now face a difficult match away against second division club MSV Duisburg on Wednesday (January 26). Duisburg defeated 1. FC Cologne in the round of 16

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Consequently only first and second division clubs will meet in the quarter-finals.

A sell-out crowd of 24,000 filled the stadium at Bieberer Berg which will soon be pulled down and replaced by a new arena. Belgian international Timmy Simons was Nuremberg’s best player, scoring both goals (20th and 67th minute). Offenbach keeper Robert Wulnikowski performed excellently, keeping the match on an even keel for a long time with many great saves. The estimated 4,000 Nuremberg supporters repeated their song from the 2007 DFB Cup triumph. However, the team coached by Dieter Hecking will meet another Cup specialist at Schalke.

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1. FC Nuremberg’s Belgian international Timmy Simons decided the round of 16 match in the DFB Cup by scoring two goals against Kickers Offenbach. (Poto: Firo/Augenklick)

Kaiserslautern’s Lakic put paid to Koblenz with three goals

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Four goals within just eleven minutes catapulted Kaiserlautern into the next round. At first Koblenz, who had previously defeated second division clubs Fortuna Dusseldorf and Hertha BSC Berlin, dominated the match watched by a sell-out crowd of 15,000 spectators at Stadium Oberwerth in Koblenz. Thomas Klasen gave the hosts, who had been relegated from the second division last summer, the lead in the 17th minute. TuS supporters were hoping for another Cup sensation in Koblenz, when goalkeeper Dieter Paucken saved a penalty from Srdjan Lakic in the 37th minute. But the Berlin-born Croat performed better in the second half.

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Dieter Paucken saves a penalty from Srdjan Lakic. But later the Kaiserlautern striker three times slotted the ball past the Koblenz goalkeeper. (Photo: Kunz/Augenklick)

The FCK striker, who had been sent off in the Bundesliga match against Cologne three days earlier, scored three goals (54th, 59th, 65th). Adam Nemec (64th) added the fourth. Koblenz were beaten, Kaiserslautern through.

The quarter-finals will begin with the match Schalke against Nuremberg on Tuesday at 20:30 hrs CET and broadcast live by the TV channels ZDF and SKY. ARD and SKY will show the quarter-final between Alemannia Aachen and FC Bayern Munich live on Wednesday from 20:30 hrs. In a further match between teams from the first and second Bundesliga, Energie Cottbus will play host to TSG Hoffenheim 1899 on Wednesday. At the same time MSV Duisburg will meet Kaiserslautern. Both matches will kick off at 19:00 hrs and broadcast live on SKY. The two semi-finals are scheduled for March 1 and 2.