The Hannover 96 of Mark Diemers was unable to cause a stunt in the quarterfinals of the DFB Pokal. RB Leipzig was 0-4 too strong in the HDI-Arena, partly due to two goals from Christopher Nkunku. The French attacking midfielder has been in top form in recent weeks, scoring in nine of the last eleven games and already lifting his season total in Hanover to 25 goals. At the same time, Hamburger SV and SC Freiburg also qualified for the semifinals of the German cup tournament, for which Union Berlin already qualified on Tuesday.
Hanover 96 – RB Leipzig 0-4
RB Leipzig had an easy evening visiting Hannover 96, the number twelve of the Bundesliga where Mark Diemers had a basic place. Christopher Nkunku opened the score after seventeen minutes of play as the end station of a quick counter. The French attacking midfielder doubled the margin five minutes later when, after a splitting pass, he appeared in front of Ron-Robert Zieler, outplaying the Hanover goalkeeper and working the ball against the ropes. It then took a relatively long time before RB Leipzig finally put an end to all of Hanover’s hopes.
However, with 67 minutes on the clock, the game finally came to a close. Konrad Laimer was released in the penalty area after a combination with André Silva and left Zieler without a chance with a shot into the far corner. It was Silva herself who provided the final chord fifteen minutes before the end. A touched cross from Angeliño landed in the penalty area, where the Portuguese striker then had the ball for the shot. As a result, RB Leipzig will be in the tube for the draw for the semi-final on March 6.
Hamburger SV – Karlsruher SC 2-2 (3-2 after penalties)
The meeting between the number four and number nine of the 2.Bundesliga ignited in the fortieth minute, when Philip Heise left HSV goalkeeper Daniel Heuer no chance with a free kick in the bottom left corner. Karlsruher also gave the home team a hard blow shortly after the break by doubling the margin. Heuer was able to turn a bet by Marvin Wanitzek, but the rebound ended up at the feet of Philipp Hofmann: 0-2. HSV did not give up and returned to the game two minutes later, thanks to a header by Robert Glatzer.
With twenty minutes left to play, HSV got a great chance to equalize with a foul by Christoph Kobalt – who received his second yellow card – on Glatzer. However, Sonny Kittel failed from eleven meters. However, HSV still managed to force an extension in injury time due to Glatzer’s second goal. In the end, Karlsruher held out in extra time, but HSV still took the longest after penalties. Ricardo van Rhijn – brought in especially for the penalty shootout – was one of the missing players on Karlsruher’s side.
VfL Bochum – SC Freiburg 1-2 (after extra time)
The match between VfL Bochum and SC Freiburg only started shortly after the break. Nils Petersen gave the visitors the lead with 51 minutes on the clock. The score was equalized more than ten minutes later by Sebastian Polter, former striker of Fortuna Sittard. That tie didn’t change for a long time, until Rolland Sallai gave Freiburg a victory in the last minute of extra time. As a result, not Jürgen Locadia, but Mark Fleks goes to the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal.