Football: Leverkusen, Bremen, HSV proceed in DFB Pokal

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

In Germany's DFB Pokal, the three remaining quarterfinal fixtures took place Wednesday. First Bundesliga sides Werder Bremen, Hamburger SV, and Bayer Leverkusen will join Second Bundesliga side 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the semifinals, scheduled for April 21 and 22, 2009. The finals for Germany's FA Cup equivalent will be played on May 30 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

VfL Wolfsburg v Werder Bremen

The day's first matches started at 19:00 local time (18:00 UTC), and got off to a quick start. Three goals were scored in the first ten minutes, it was 1 - 2 for Bremen at that point. Diego scored on a shot from just outside the box after three minutes; after another three minutes, Mesut Özil ran past a confused Wolfsburg defence and knocked it in from 5 metres. Wolfsburg were not fazed by the two early goals, with striker Edin Dzeko answering back with a shot past the helpless Nico Pellatz after ten. Werder had a chance for a third goal in the twenty-first from Chelsea loan Claudio Pizarro. It was all Bremen in the second half; a third goal came from Diego in the fifty-fifth, off of a penalty kick awarded because of a tackle in the box from Diego Benaglio. Goals from Pizarro in the seventy-first put Bremen up 2 - 4, but Wolfsburg refused to give in. Pizarro knocked another one in one minute from full-time, which ensured Bremen's trip into the semifinal.

March 4, 2009
19:00 (UTC+1)
VfL Wolfsburg 2 – 5 Werder Bremen Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg
Attendance: 24,115
Referee: Thorsten Kinhöfer (Herne)
Dzeko Scored after 10 minutes 10', Scored after 42 minutes 42'
Pekarík Booked after 24 minutes 24'
Benaglio Booked after 54 minutes 54'
Schindzielorz Substituted on after 57 minutes 57'
Dejagah Substituted off after 57 minutes 57'
Josué Booked after 71 minutes 71'
Okubo Substituted on after 74 minutes 74'
Misimovic Substituted off after 74 minutes 74'
Report Diego Scored after 3 minutes 3', Scored after 55 minutes 55' (pen)
Özil Scored after 6 minutes 6', Substituted off after 86 minutes 86'
Rosenburg Booked after 25 minutes 25', Substituted off after 69 minutes 69'
Boenisch Substituted on after 34 minutes 34'
Fritz Substituted off after 34 minutes 34'
Naldo Booked after 43 minutes 43'
Frings Booked after 43 minutes 43'
Almeida Substituted on after 69 minutes 69'
Pizarro Scored after 71 minutes 71', Scored after 89 minutes 89'
Mertesacker Booked after 79 minutes 79'
Tziolis Substituted on after 86 minutes 86'


Hamburger SV v SV Wehen Wiesbaden

SV Wehen Wiesbaden, currently in last place in the Second Bundesliga, faced a formidable challenge in the form of the First Bundesliga's second place team, Hamburger SV. Things didn't start off well for Wiesbaden, as Marko Kopilas scored a dreaded own goal seventeen minutes into the game. Nevertheless, Wiesbaden unleashed a flurry of chances, from David Jarolim (twenty-second), Jonathan Pitroipa (twenty-fifth) and Paolo Guerrero (thirty-second). Mladen Petrić would score in the thirty-seventh, and HSV seemed assured of victory. Sandro Schwarz scored for Wiesbaden in the eighty-fifth minute, but by then it was too late for the visitors. The win marks HSV's first trip to the semifinals since 1999.

March 4, 2009
19:00 (UTC+1)
Hamburger SV 2 – 1 SV Wehen Wiesbaden HSH Nordbank Arena, Hamburg
Attendance: 35,378
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Ergolding)
Kopilas Scored after 17 minutes 17' (o.g.)
Petrić Scored after 37 minutes 37'
Olić Substituted on after 45 minutes 45'
Guerrero Substituted off after 45 minutes 45'
Rincón Substituted on after 62 minutes 62'
Jarolím Substituted off after 62 minutes 62'
Ndjeng Substituted on after 73 minutes 73'
Jansen Substituted off after 73 minutes 73'
Report Schwarz Booked after 14 minutes 14', Scored after 85 minutes 85'
Barg Substituted on after 45 minutes 45'
Glibo Substituted off after 45 minutes 45'
Amstätter Substituted on after 50 minutes 50'
Hollmann Substituted off after 50 minutes 50'
Diakité Substituted on after 70 minutes 70'
Schönheim Substituted off after 70 minutes 70'


Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Bayern München

The final game of the night kicked off at 20:30 local (19:30 UTC). FC Bayern München, the defending champions and one of Germany's most popular clubs, took on w:Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the latter's temporary home of LTU Arena. It quickly became evident that this would be Leverkusen's game to lose. Patrick Helmes led the offence for Leverkusen, having several chances in the first 20 minutes. Tranquillo Barnetta shot one just wide of the post in the twenty-second. The game went into half-time without a goal. Bayern's offence saw little action in the first half, as they were missing Phillipp Lahm and Luca Toni. Adding to the difficulty was, as broadcaster ZDF put it, "nothing at all to see" from Franck Ribéry. Bayern's only chances in the first forty-five were off of mistakes by Leverkusen; specifically, an errant deflection by Stefan Kießling in the twelth and a misstruck backpass by Gonzalo Castro in the sixteenth.

In the second half, Leverkusen were finally rewarded in the fifty-fourth by a shot from Bernetta which slipped into the right corner past Bayern keeper Michael Rensing. Arturo Vidal would score in the sixty-first, followed by Patrick Helmes nine minutes later. After that goal, Bayern's offence begin creating chances. Lúcio and Miroslav Klose would score in the space of two minutes to bring the visitors within one. This was not to be Bayern's day, however; Kießling notched another goal in stoppage time to deny Bayern their chance to defend the cup. For Leverkusen, it is the first time they have reached the semi-finals since 2002, and their first-ever defeat of Bayern in the Pokal.

March 4, 2009
20:30 (UTC+1)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4 - 2 FC Bayern München LTU Arena, Düsseldorf
Attendance: 50,500
Referee: Florian Meyer (Burgdorf)
Barnetta Scored after 54 minutes 54', Substituted off after 73 minutes 73'
Vidal Scored after 61 minutes 61', Substituted off after 90 minutes 90'
Helmes Scored after 70 minutes 70'
Kroos Substituted on after 73 minutes 73', Booked after 77 minutes 77'
Charisteas Substituted on after 89 minutes 89'
Rolfes Booked after 87 minutes 87'
Helmes Substituted off after 89 minutes 89'
Haggui Substituted on after 90 minutes 90'
Kießling Scored after 90+2 minutes 90+2'
Report Ottl Booked after 60 minutes 60', Substituted off after 63 minutes 63'
Podolski Substituted on after 63 minutes 63'
Borowski Substituted off after 63 minutes 63'
Schweinsteiger Substituted on after 63 minutes 63'
Lúcio Scored after 72 minutes 72'
Klose Scored after 74 minutes 74'
van Buyten Substituted on after 83 minutes 83'
Oddo Substituted off after 83 minutes 83'
Rensing Booked after 85 minutes 85'