Unlike Tuesday there was to be no major surprises on Wednesday night. No giant slaying taking place here. SSV Reutlingen lost 4-0 to Eintracht Braunschweig and Carl Zeiss Jena lost 2-0 to VfB Stuttgart. In addition Viktoria Köln lost 6-0 to Bayer Leverkusen. In a curious turn of events Sandhausen who progressed to the second round after winning a penalty shoot-out against their neighbours Bahlinger SC were knocked out after losing a penalty shoot-out to fellow 2.B side and neighbours FC Heidenheim. Dortmund after an early moment of embarrassment involving Roman Bürki beat SC Paderborn 7-1 and I’m happy to say that Gladbach beat Schalke 2-0, though I’m obviously not so happy at Freiburg’s 3-0 defeat to Augsburg.
On Tuesday night I was thinking how great it was that Wolfsburg were out, that way in the event of Freiburg progressing to the last 16 they wouldn’t face the team who knocked them out last season. But of course it doesn’t matter now. A curious match-up in the sense that Augsburg are currently bottom of the Bundesliga and Freiburg are top of the 2.Bundesliga. Going by their recent form Freiburg should have had at least a shot at winning this game, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Outgunned and completely outclassed. I can have no complaints bar Christian Günter not deservedly being awarded a penalty, but I don’t think it would have made much difference anyway. At the moment Nils Petersen is the competition’s top scorer with four goals, pity, it’s one list he won’t be top of now come the season’s end.
Strange fact, this year’s competition sees three teams from Munich progress to the last 16. Bayern of course, 1860 München and SpVgg Unterhaching who are also being from the fourth tier of German football the lowest ranked team left in the competition. The other lowest ranked team is third division Erzgebirge Aue. So whilst Munich has three teams left in the competition the whole state of Baden-Württemberg has only two teams left, VfB Stuttgart and 1.FC Heidenheim. Neither of whom I’ll be rooting for, I should root for one of them but I can’t. Personally I’ll be rooting for the two Borussias, I think it would be great if they both get through to the final. It would be nice to see again someone other than Bayern in the final and with Gladbach playing the way they are, it’s not an impossible dream. The draw for the last 16 is on Sunday night and despite the fact Freiburg are out, I still can’t wait. Also Jogi and Hansi both have one team a piece through to the round of 16, VfB Stuttgart for Jogi (amusing because it is of course VfB who he not only got his first job as coach with but who he won his first trophy with, that trophy being the DFB Pokal) and of course Bayern for Hansi.
The results and the teams left in the competition:
Post-match interview with Nils Petersen:
And seven of the matches from Wednesday night in their entirety, SC Freiburg v FC Augsburg, Schalke v Gladbach, Reutlingen v Braunschweig, Carl Zeiss Jena v Stuttgart, Viktoria Köln v Leverkusen, Bremen v 1.FC Köln and Borussia Dortmund v SC Paderborn:
Pictures from Freiburg’s game: