Bayern crash out of Cup, Hamburg and Bremen progress

March 5th, 2009 - 5:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Bayern MunichHamburg, March 5 (DPA) Holders Bayern Munich crashed out at the quarter-final stages of the German Cup losing to Bayer Leverkusen while Werder Bremen and SV Hamburg both progressed.
Leverkusen prevailed 4-2 in a thriller over Bayern while Bremen thumped VfL Wolfsburg 5-2 and Hamburg edged second division side SV Wehen 2-1.

The game at the LTU Arena in Dusseldorf was scoreless at halftime but Leverkusen raced into a 3-0 lead after the break thanks to goals from Tranquillo Barnetta, Arturo Vidal and Patrick Helmes.

Lucio and Miroslav Klose reduced the deficit to 3-2 with two goals in the space of three minutes but Juergen Klinsmann’s side couldn’t find the equalizer in the remaining 16 minutes and Leverkusen made the game safe in added time with a goal from Stefan Kiessling.

“Unfortunately, we have to forget about the cup but it won’t help to have a go at the boys,” said Klinsmann. “Something was missing for an hour and we have to digest that now.”

Bayer coach Bruno Labbadia, meanwhile, said the victory was fully earned.

“We have a really young team with great potential,” he said. “This win was an important step, not least in the minds of the players.”

Five-time winners Bremen cruised to a 5-2 win over Wolfsburg, taking an early two-goal lead thanks to goals in the first six minutes from midfielders Diego and Mesut Ozil.

Although Wolfsburg managed to restore parity through two goals from Edin Dezko, one from the penalty spot, a second-half penalty from Diego and a brace from Claudio Pizarro ensured a comfortable win for Thomas Schaaf’s side.

Bremen have now won their last six cup games against Wolfsburg.

“It was a great game,” said Schaff. “Thank God we found our game again as when it was 2-0 we must have obviously thought that it would get a bit easier.”

In the other match, Hamburg looked to be cruising against Wehen after a Marko Kopilas own goal on 17 minutes and a Mladen Petric strike on 37 gave Martin Jol’s side a 2-0 lead.

However, Sandro Schwarz made it 2-1 in the 85th minute, setting up a tense finish for the Bundesliga side.

“I’m happy that we are through,” said Jol. “Naturally we want the title as well.”

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