Hertha Berlin continued their excellent run of recent form by reaching the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup at the expense of 1. FC Nürnberg, while VfB Stuttgart joined them in the last eight on Wednesday night.
1. FC Nürnberg 0-2 Hertha Berlin
Third in the Bundesliga following a run of four wins in five matches, Hertha were on the front foot from the off, and after Salomon Kalou went close, Vladimir Darida opened the scoring with a cool finish from Vedad Ibisevic’s neat lay-off.
Nürnberg had also come into the encounter confidently after climbing to third in Bundesliga 2 at the weekend, but they created little against Berlin's rigid back line. The best chances fell at the other end, and after Mitchell Weiser forced Raphael Schäfer into a smart stop, John Anthony Brooks’ towering header nestled in the corner to effectively seal the result with 65 minutes played.
Nürnberg: Schäfer - Brecko, Hovland, Bulthuis, Sepsi - Behrens (Polak 74’), Petrak (Leibold 54’) - Schöpf, Möhwald, Burgstaller - Blum (Füllkrug 54’)
Hertha: Jarstein - Weiser, Langkamp, Brooks, van den Bergh - Skjelbred (Hegeler 83’), Lustenberger - Haraguchi (Stocker 75’), Darida, Kalou - Ibisevic
VfB Stuttgart 3-2 Eintracht Braunschweig
Jürgen Kramny’s charges, bottom of the league after 16 Bundesliga matches, got off to a nightmare start when Joseph Baffo poked in from close range, but Georg Niedermeyer’s header levelled things up before Alexandru Maxim missed a penalty with a weakly-struck effort.
After a goalless second half, Timo Werner nodded Stuttgart in front early on in extra time, only for Eintracht substitute Orhan Ademi to make it 2-2 on 110 minutes. The hosts had the last laugh, however, as defender Toni Sunjic rose highest to plant home a bullet header with two minutes remaining.
Stuttgart: Tyton - Schwaab, Sunjic, Niedermeier, Insua - Serey Die (Kruse 74’) - Gentner - Rupp, Maxim (Tashchy 66’), Kostic - Werner (Kliment 103’)
Braunschweig: Gikiewicz - Baffo, Decarli, Reichel - Ofosu-Ayeh, Matuschyk, Boland, Zuck - Schönfeld (Hvilsom 46’) - Khelifi (Ademi 102’), Holtmann (Omladi 66’)
TSV 1860 Munich 0-2 VfL Bochum
Goals: 0-1 Haberer (39'), 0-2 Hoogland (44')