There was plenty of excitement in the second set of games but ultimately no real surprises. Joining Bayern and Bremen in the next round are Bayern and Hertha BSC. Bayern for their part I’m pleased to say beat Bochum 3-0. Though it was by no means an easy game for them with Bochum getting off to a much better start and getting their first opportunity in just the seventh minute but Terrode put it wide. Lucky too since Neuer watched it sail past the post. Had it been on Terrode’s other foot he may have been in trouble. After taking a little while to get going Bayern eventually took the lead in the 38th minute through Robert Lewandowksi. But there was plenty more drama to come with Arjen Robben being brought down in the box just a few minutes later. Bochum were down to ten men and Bayern had a penalty, at this point you would think they had the game all wrapped up. But no, Thomas Müller’s penalty was saved and Bayern were left waiting until the 61st minute to double their lead. Bochum for their part battled hard considering they were down a man and still had a few more chances. The game was finally put to bed right before the final whistle with Lewandowski getting his second of the night.
Hertha BSC and former Freiburger Vladimir Darida triumphed over 2.B side 1.FC Heidenheim. They didn’t have it easy either, going 1-0 down after just ten minutes. They managed to equalise just four minutes later , with Ibisevic doubling their lead five minutes later. Hertha were in control by that point and had no trouble in adding to their tally in the second half. Though they conceded a penalty just eight minutes from time which could have resulted in a very interesting end to the evening’s events but it wasn’t to be.
So there’s no lower league teams left this year. It’s the top three of the Bundesliga with Bayern, Dortmund and Hertha. And coming up the rear in 16th place Bremen. Hertha will face Dortmund and after their 0-0 draw with them last weekend they’ll certainly be seeing this as a game they can win. It wouldn’t be completely unthinkable for Bremen to beat Bayern either, extremely unlikely but certainly not impossible. Their clash is made all the more interesting by Claudio Pizarro playing for Bremen again, he’s won the competition six times, five times with Bayern and once with Bremen. The games are to be played on the 20th and 21st of April. Dortmund and Bremen is the final I’d like to see. It would be Thomas Tuchel’s first DFB Pokal final were that to happen.
Yesterday it was Thomas Tuchel who provided the night’s amusing moment, today it’s Manuel Neuer. Not once but twice. First him doing his usual thing and living up to his nickname of the ever wandering Neuer. The second moment was him doing something else which is by now familiar but that never stops being funny, him running to find someone to celebrate with:
Full match of Bochum v Bayern, including the pre-match and post-match:
Full match of Heidenheim v Hertha:
Robert Lewandowski interview:
Manuel Neuer interview:
1.FC Heidenheim v Hertha BSC highlights:
Pictures from Bayern’s game: