DFB Cup Round 3
Borussia Dortmund took another step towards defending their DFB Cup title as they eased past Hannover 96
Mario Götze's (r.) struck three for the Bundesliga champions in the 5-1 victory, whilst Marco Reus (l.)...
...set-up Jakub Blaszczykowski, who benefited from a fortunate deflection to double the Yellow-Blacks' lead
Götze was in formidable form and netted his second shortly before half-time by firing a sneaky free-kick under the Hannover wall
Mame Diouf pulled one back for the Reds, yet Dortmund kept carving out chances which resulted in two further goals
Midfield starlet Götze made it four, before Poland striker Robert Lewandowski added a late goal to round off a convincing win for the titleholders
Elsewhere, VfB Stuttgart saw off Bundesliga 2 side 1. FC Köln, but Martin Harnik (l.) and Co. were made work hard
Christian Gentner put in a true captains performance and broke the deadlock for Bruno Labbadia's men on the half-hour mark...
...and shortly after, Vedad Ibisevic (covered) left Thomas Kessler no chance from the spot following a handball by Jonas Hector
Stuttgart nerves were rattled by Christian Clemens' late strike, but unfortunately it was too little, too late for the Billy Goats
VfL Wolfsburg were forced to come from behind against in-form Bayer 04 Leverkusen to book their place in the quarter finals
Fagner's (c.) own-goal gave Leverkusen the lead in a uninspiring first half
After the break though the Wolves began asserting their authority as Christian Träsch levelled the scores...
...before Bas Dost (l. capitalised on a poor defensive header from Ömer Toprak to ensure Wolfsburg safe passage into the next round...
...much to the delight of interim head coach Lorenz-Günther Köstner, who joined in the celebrations after the final whistle
In the only all-Bundesliga 2 clash it was VfL Bochum who came out on top against 1860 Munich
The visitors job was made a lot harder when Guillermo Vallori (covered) picked up a straight red for denying a clear coalscoring opportunity as the last man
Bochum quickly took advantage of the extra man as Zlatko Dedic broke the deadlock...
...and after Marcel Maltritz twice headed past Gabor Kiraly in the final 15 minutes, the hosts were able to celebrate a positive end to 2012 with their fans
Despite finishing the game a man down, FC Bayern cruise to a 2-0 win at FC Augsburg
Alexander Manninger makes his debut between the sticks for the hosts - against FC Bayern, of all teams
Franck Ribery (M.) is in typically tricky form for the league leaders in the first half...
...and Mario Gomez (M.) duly puts a dominant Bayern in front, in his first DFB Cup appearance of the season
Soon after the restart, Franck Ribery sees red after an altercation with Augsburg's Ja-Cheol Koo
Unfazed, Bayern round out the win late on, Xherdan Shaqiri (r.) slipping the ball past Manninger
Third Division Kickers Offenbach give Fortuna Düsseldorf a run for their money, to say the least, in the other late kick-off
Dani Schahin (l.) and Co. struggle to make any kind of headway against Markus Husterer and the rest of the home defence...
..and a late double strike from Mathias Fetsch and Stefan Vogler secures the underdogs another memorable win - and a place in the last eight
Jens Keller's first game in charge at Schalke is at home to Mainz and the new Royal Blues head coach appears decidedly less upbeat...
...than his Mainz counterpart Thomas Tuchel, whose troops have been in fine form of late
Schalke shooting star Julian Draxler (l.) gets to grips with Julian Baumgartlinger as a tight contest unfolds...
...in which Marco Caligiuri (M.) slams the visitors in front with a great strike on the half-hour mark
Skipper Benedikt Höwedes and his colleagues rally late on, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar pulling them level with quarter of an hour to go...
...but the last word goes to Mainz and more specifically Nicolai Müller, who bags the 83rd-minute winner
Off to a flier: Jonathan Schmid (m.) takes the plaudits after firing Freiburg in front just two minutes into their Baden derby at Karlsruher SC
The French midfielder now has a DFB Cup goal to add to his four Bundesliga strikes this season
The hosts battle back and the contest remains balanced on a knife-edge...
...but Freiburg coach Christian Streich ends the year with another success under his belt, even if this one was a bit too close for comfort
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