Dortmund brilliant, FC Bayern superior

A brilliant performance by reigning German Cup champions Borussia Dortmund concluded the grand black-yellow year for both the club and German football. The 2012 German champions and DFB Cup winners won their round of 16 match 5-1 against Hannover 96. After this last encounter of the year the quarter-finals were drawn in the ARD TV sport show. Olaf Thon, the 1990 World Cup champion, drew the top game: FC Bayern Munich, who won their round of 16 match 2-0 at FC Augsburg, will meet Dortmund at home on February 26 or 27, 2013, a repeat of the last final held on May 12, 2012. “There wasn’t anything else to expect from a Schalke player. We would rather have had a home match”, said Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia’s boss, in a first reaction to the draw by Thon, the former player of Dortmund’s local rivals Schalke 04, who also played for FC Bayern.

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Sascha Moelder (left) tackles Daniel van Buyten. FC Bayern Munich reached the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup with a 2-0 over FC Augsburg. (Photo: Firo/Augenklick)


Thon’s old club had failed on Tuesday evening (December 18). Five-time Cup champions FC Schalke 04 lost their home match 2-1 to 1. FSV Mainz 05. Mainz will enjoy home advantage in their quarter-final against SC Freiburg. Freiburg, holding fifth position in the Bundesliga, defeated third division Karlsruher SC 1-0 in the Baden Derby. Another third division club achieved an upset. Kickers Offenbach deservedly beat the recently convincing Bundesliga newcomers Fortuna Duesseldorf 2-0 and were rewarded with a home match against VfL Wolfsburg in the next round. The 2009 German champions defeated Bayer Leverkusen 2-1. The encounter between VfB Stuttgart and VfL Bochum completes the quarter-finals at the end of February. Stuttgart celebrated a laborious 2-1 win over second division 1. FC Cologne; Bochum had the upper hand with a 3-0 over 1860 Munich in a second-division encounter.

Mario Goetze outstanding with three goals

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“I’ll take the ball home”, said Dortmund’s outstanding player Mario Goetze, who scored three goals. “It was obvious that we desperately wanted to reach the next round”, said the German international. Recently the BVB had managed to win just one of their five Bundesliga matches. In addition to brilliant Goetze, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski scored for Dortmund in front of 77,615 fans; Mame Diouf netted the consolation goal for the visitors. Record-winning DFB Cup champions Bayern Munich are Dortmund’s next opponents on the road to the final in Berlin on June 1. Dortmund rated the quarter-final as an extremely difficult, but not totally-lost tas.

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Marco Reus and Mario Goetze celebrate a goal in their own style. Goetze scored three goals during Borussia Dortmund’s 5-1 win over Hannover 96. (Photo: Getty Images)

FC Bayern had more problems in the Bavarian Derby on the previous day, but in the end were superior despite being one man down. “We may sit contentedly under the Christmas tree”, said President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Mario Gomez and Xherdan Shaqiri scored the Munich goals in front of 30,660 spectators. There was much argument about the sending off of Franck Ribéry for a foul against Augsburg’s Ja-Cheol Koo. “Though Franck was provoked I think the red card was justifiable“, said Munich coach Jupp Heynckes. A Bayern player should keep his cool in such a situation.

At the same time there was deep disappointment in Gelsenkrichen. The 2-1 loss to Mainz was another setback after several weeks of weak performances. Though Schalke had reached the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League, just like Bayern and Dortmund, the team plummeted from second to seventh place in the Bundesliga with six games without a win. Coach Huub Stevens had been sacked after the 3-1 defeat by Freiburg on the previous weekend, but under the direction of Stevens’s successor Jens Keller the team also failed to get back on track. Though Klaas-Jan Huntelaar equalised Marco Caligiuri’s goal in front of 54,202 fans, Nicolai Mueller made it 2-1 for Mainz.

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Schalke players Lewis Holtby, Benedikt Hoewedes and Jefferson Farfan (from left) enjoy the 1-1 equaliser against Mainz, but in the end they lost 2-1. (Photo: Firo/Augenklick)


Freiburg did not see their success in Karlsruhe as deserved, but rather as very lucky. Jonathan Schmid scored the winning goal for the 1-0 victory in the second minute against the strong runners-up in the third division. Karlsruhe failed to turn the match around in front of 28,200 spectators. On the same day Offenbach provided the obligatory Cup upset. In front of 18,400 fans the Kickers deservedly beat Bundesliga newcomers Duesseldorf 2-0, thanks to goals by Mathias Fetsch and Stefan Vogler in the last 15 minutes.

Wolfsburg and Stuttgart arduously reached the quarter-finals

Just like Freiburg, Wolfsburg struck lucky when making the quarter-finals, for the winning goal for the 2-1 against Leverkusen was scored seconds before the final whistle. Leverkusen led 1-0 after an own goal by Brazilian Fagner, but late goals by Christian Traesch and Bas Dost gave Wolfsburg the victory over the current Bundesliga runners-up in front of 10,781 spectators. It was also a reconciliatory conclusion of the year which had brought many great disappointments for VfL. Caretaker coach Lorenz-Guenther Koestner will probably be replaced by a new head coach during the winter break.

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Christian Gentner, scorer of the winning goal in VfB Stuttgart’s 2-1 win over 1. FC Cologne, bows out to the fans wearing a Santa Claus hat. (Photo: GES/Augenklick)


Six Bundesliga clubs, one second division and one third division club have made it through to the quarter-finals. Bochum are the second division club, they won their encounter against division rivals 1860 Munich 3-0. Zlatko Dedic and defender Marcel Maltritz (2) scored the goals for the Ruhr Region team in front of 20,206 spectators, who played against 10 men for more than an hour after Guillermo Vallori was sent off. Bochum were a bit unfortunate with the draw because they have to travel to Stuttgart for their quarter-final match. The Swabians reached the quarters against another second division club, Cologne, with goals by Christian Gentner and Vedad Ibisevic (penalty for handball). Cologne, relegated from the Bundesliga last season, played more convincingly in the second half, but could only score a late consolation goal by Christian Clemens in front of 27,500 fans. In the end it was goalkeeper Sven Ulreich who saved the quarter-finals for Stuttgart.