DFB-Cup: Amateurs from Kiel through – Schalke eliminated

A highly interesting quarter final draw for the DFB Cup, following a dramatic third round, brought the German football year to a close. Three days before Christmas European football champion Melanie Behringer helped decide the last four encounters in the German Football Association’s (DFB) cup competition. Assisted by Oliver Bierhoff, manager of the German national men’s team, the women’s midfielder renowned for her strong shooting prowess decided by lot that the following matches will take place on February 7 and 8: 1899 Hoffenheim against SpVgg Greuther Fuerth; Hertha BSC Berlin against Borussia Moenchengladbach; VfB Stuttgart versus Bayern Munich, and Holstein Kiel against Borussia Dortmund.

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Tim Siedenschlag celebrates the goal which gave Holstein Kiel a sensational win over 1. FSV Mainz 05. (Photo: Getty Images)


Just a few hours earlier fourth-division club Holstein Kiel had achieved a major sensation in the third round of the 2011/2012 DFB Cup. The “Storks” upset Bundesliga club 1. FSV Mainz 05, defeating them 2-0 after previously eliminating Second Bundesliga clubs Cottbus and Duisburg. The amateur team took an early lead with an own goal by Mainz striker Anthony Ujah. Steve Mueller made it 2-0 for the northern Germans in the 64th minute. Kiel are the second fourth-division club, joining 1. FC Magdeburg from eleven years ago, to reach the round of the best eight teams. “I don’t think our defeat is embarrassing. Our opponents played a good match, we tried to score but unfortunately were not decisive enough in attack”, said Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel. At the start of the season the club from Hesse had failed to qualify for the Europa League. 

A sell-out crowd of 11,000 watched the match in Kiel. Five of the eight games took place in front of full houses, with spectators experiencing high-class, thrilling matches on both days. Cup holders Schalke 04 were eliminated 3-1 at Borussia Moenchengladbach after goals by Juan Arango and two by Marco Reus. Shortly after half-time Schalke lost striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who was sent off. Julian Draxler scored Schalke’s only goal to make it 2-1. In the closing stages US international Jermaine Jones was also sent off after being shown his second yellow card for fouling Igor de Camargo.

Second division club Fuerth win 254th Frankish Derby against Nuremberg

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Fuerth’s Stephan Schroeck (left) tackles Nuremberg’s Markus Feulner. The Second Bundesliga club defeated Nuremberg 1-0. (Photo: Getty Images)


Gladbach crowned their best first round performance in the Bundesliga for 35 years with this triumph in the DFB Cup. Moenchengladbach had previously beaten Schalke twice in the Cup competition, eventually winning the title in 1973 and 1995. Now the team that escaped relegation from the Bundesliga only last May by defeating Bochum, have to travel to Hertha BSC Berlin. The Berliners eliminated 1. FC Kaiserslautern 3-1 in front of 40,000 fans. Two days after sacking coach Markus Babbel, Adrian Ramos, Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Patrick Ebert scored for Hertha, while Itay Shechter equalised at 1-1 for Lautern. The day after the match Michael Skibbe was presented as the new Hertha coach.

Bayern Munich, record-winning champions in both Bundesliga and Cup, will have to travel to VfB Stuttgart in the quarter-finals. The Bavarians won their match at Second Bundesliga club VfL Bochum in front of 30,000 spectators with a goal in added time from Arjen Robben, so preventing extra time. Giovanni Federico for Bochum and Toni Kroos for Bayern had earlier scored to keep a 1-1 stalemate until the dying seconds. Thanks to two goals by German international Cacau, Stuttgart reached the quarter-finals for the first time in four years defeating Hamburger SV 2-1. The defeat was the first for HSV under the direction of coach Thorsten Fink. Stuttgart’s William Kvist had made the score 1-1 with an own goal in a thrilling match in front of 38,600 spectators. The outstanding player on the pitch was VfB goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.

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With this foul on Sascha Roesler, Patrick Owomoyela was shown his second yellow card and sent off. But despite this Dortmund won the DFB Cup third round match in Dusseldorf. (Photo:Perenyi/Augenklick)


Two encounters on the first day of the third DFB Cup round were highly dramatic when First Bundesliga clubs met opponents from the Second Bundesliga. Fortuna Dusseldorf, half-time leaders in the Second Bundesliga, lost 5-4 to reigning German champions Borussia Dortmund in a penalty shoot-out in front of 54,000 fans. The score after 120 minutes was 0-0. Dortmund won the match although they had to play with ten men for 86 minutes after Patrick Owomoyela was sent off.

In the 254th Franconia Derby between 1. FC Nuremberg and SpVgg Greuther Fuerth the lower-division club won 1-0, cheered on by 48,500 fans. Edgar Prib scored the winner for Fuerth, who had to play without Bernd Nehrig (second yellow card) in the final stages. In the encounter between Bundesliga clubs TSG Hoffenheim 1899 and FC Augsburg the hosts remained victorious. The Baden club won 2-1 after goals by Sejad Salihovic and Vedad Ibisevic, with Torsten Oehrl scoring for Augsburg. The 10,400 spectators formed the smallest crowd of the third round.