Round 3 of the DFB Pokal kicked off on Tuesday with four matches, including an all-Bundesliga contest between Schalke and Hoffenheim in Gelsenkirchen. Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund were also in action.
Holders Bayern Munich will be away at Augsburg on Wednesday as they look to defend the trophy, and the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg will be looking for wins as well.
We’ll have up-to-date results from this stage of the competition right here this week, so be sure to check back and see how your team got on in Germany’s premier cup competition.
Bayen Munich continued their march toward defending their DFB-Pokal title by beating Augsburg 2-0 away from home on Wendesday night.
Arjen Robben continued his magnificent form with an early goal, with Thomas Muller wrapping up the scoring late in the game.
Pep Guardiola fielded a strong side and got the rewards with Bayern cruising through to the next round.
Bayer Leverkusen left it late to seal their place in the next round, but picked up a good win at Freiburg having initially lost their early lead.
Robbie Kruse opened the scoring within a minute, only for Matthias Ginter to hit back soon after. Young midfielder Emre Can scored the winner with just 13 minutes remaining in the match.
Freiburg have been struggling in the Bundesliga and have not won a home league game all season, and their woes have now extended to making a home exit from the cup.
Wolfsburg came from behind to seal a last-minute win over Ingolstadt, with Ivica Olic sealing their passage to the next round. The 2-1 win came courtesy of two goals in the final 25 minutes, the first from Naldo, having trailed since early in the first half.
Eintracht Frankfurt were the other successful team of the night, beating Sandhausen 4-2.
Joselu scored twice to give the home side the lead, before two goals in two minutes saw the second division side pull level. Vaclav Kadlec put Frankfurt back in front with 20 minutes to go, before Joselu scored his hat-trick strike in injury time.
Hoffenheim scored three times in just 14 minutes midway through the first half to establish an advantage Schalke could only partially claw back against after the restart.
Kai Herdling opened the scoring at Veltins-Arena in the 21st minute when what looked to be an undisruptive free-kick somehow snuck inside the far post, and 11 minutes later the guests were ahead by two as Kevin Volland put the ball between goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann’s legs.
Then, in the 35th minute, Roberto Firmino took advantage of a botched Schalke clearance to extend the guests’ lead to three.
Jefferson Farfan managed to pull one back for the hosts shortly after the hour-mark.
Borussia Dortmund coasted into the fourth round of the DFB Pokal after beating Saarbrucken 2-0 at Ludwigsparkstadion on Tuesday.
Julian Schieber opened the scoring in the 19th minute when he headed Jonas Hofmann’s cross into goal, and shortly after the restart it was Schieber setting up Hofmann for a volley, and the two-goal cushion.
Saarbrucken’s best chance of the evening came just before the break when Marcel Ziemer hit the post.
FC Union Berlin 0-3 Kaiserslautern: Willi Orban, Simon Zoller and Marcel Gaus did the business for the guests.
Hamburg 2-1 Cologne: Ivo Ilicevic scored an 85th minute winner to lift Hamburg into Round 4 of the DFB Pokal. Maximilian Beister also found the back of the net for the hosts while Cologne got a goal just after the restart from Adam Matuschyk.