Bayer 04 Leverkusen reached the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup after beating fourth-tier side SpVgg Unterhaching 3-1 on Tuesday evening.
SpVgg Unterhaching 1-3 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Roger Schimdt’s side started brightly but went behind against the run of play when Maximilian Bauer scored for the hosts on 27 minutes. Their lead was short-lived, however, with Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez equalising from close range moments later from Stefan Kießling’s headed knock down. It was the Mexican internationals 18th goal in 21 competitive games for Leverkusen, and his third in the DFB Cup this term.
Die Werkself continued to dominate after the break and edged ahead through Kiessling in the 55th minute. Leverkusen eased off thereafter and survived a couple of scares as Unterhaching pushed forward, but they sealed their berth in the next round when Chicharito teed up Bellarabi late on, the 25-year-old drilling his effort into the corner from the right-hand side of the penalty area.
Unterhaching: Marinovic – Bauer, Winkler, Welzmüller, Dombrowka – Nicu, Taffertshofer – Sieghart (Hinterseer 81’), Piller (Marseiler 90’), Steinherr – Einsiedler (Reisner 69’)
Leverkusen: Leno – Donati, Tah, Toprak (Papadopoulos 46’), Wendell – Bellarabi, Kampl, Kramer (Frey 52’), Mehmedi – Kießling, Hernandez (Ramalho 84’)