DORTMUND QUALIFIES FOR GERMAN CUP QUARTER FINALS
Borussia Dortmund have qualified for the quarter final stage of the German Cup after they defeated Hertha Berlin 3-2 in a penalty shootout.
Recently retired Ivory Coast international Salomon Kalou missed his kick to hand the opposition the straight ticket.
Kalou was the man that opened scoring for the visitors as he scored in the first half. The hosts started the game slowly before Kalou converted his chance with a volley in the 27th minute. The visitors would have thought they would end up winners of the third round clash. However, skipper Marco Reus equalized for Dortmund after the 15 minutes break.
Dortmund kept up with the pace as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted but it was disallowed. Ousmane Dembele threw wide his opportunity. The hosts kept the pressure but could not get the winner in regular time.
The game went into extra time but Dortmund lost a player as defender Sokratis was sent off for dissent. Then the shootout came.
Shot stopper Roman Burki emerged the hero for the home team while Kalou quickly became the villain despite his earlier goal. Burki saved the second kick of Hertha taken by Vladimir Darida. He also got a hand unto Sami Allagui’s effort but the ball still scored. When Kalou got his chance, he sent it over the framework to send the opposition into celebration frenzy.
In other matches player, Bayern Munich reached the last eight for the tenth year running as they thrashed Wolfsburg 1-0.
Borussia Moenchengladbach defeated Greuther Fuerth 2-0 courtesy of goals from Oscar Wendt and Thorgen Hazard.
Hamburg defeated Cologne; Second division side Arminia Bielefeld defeated fourth division club Astoria Walldorf in a penalty shootout; Schalke won second division outfit Sandhausen 4-1; Eintracht Frankfurt beat second division club Hanover 96, while third division minnows humbled second division outfit 1860 Munich 2-0.