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DFB-Pokal: Discussing the Quarterfinal and Draw

Four teams remain in contention for the German Cup

Werder Bremen remains the surprise team in the DFB-Pokal.
Werder Bremen remains the surprise team in the DFB-Pokal.
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The Quarterfinals of the DFB-Pokal has come and gone, and four teams remain for the semifinals in mid-April.

All four road teams advanced to the semis, each scoring three goals in their victories.

In the first quarterfinal, Werder Bremen stunned host Bayer Leverkusen with a 3-1 victory. Chicharito scored the first goal of the game for Leverkusen, but Bremen struck back with three goals as the visitors advanced in shocking fashion. To make matters worse, Chicharito was injured in the loss for Leverkusen.

Borussia Dortmund took the pitch for the second quarterfinal at Stuttgart, downing the hosts by a score of 3-1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the game winner while Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his fourth cup goal in as many games.

The second day of quarterfinals featured a pair of 2. Bundesliga teams playing hosts to top-of-the-table teams in the top flight.

Hertha Berlin paid a visit to FC Heidenheim for quarterfinal three, and the hosts drew first blood in under ten minutes. Hertha would score the next three goals before conceding a late penalty and holding on to advance.

In the fourth and most decisive quarterfinal, Bayern Munich dispatched VfL Bochum, 3-0. In a game that could have gotten out of hand, the visitors had their way after a late start scoring.

The draw came out moments after the conclusion of the fourth quarterfinal, and revealed some pretty intriguing matchups.

Bayern Munich will host Werder Bremen while Borussia Dortmund will travel to Hertha Berlin. Three of the top four teams in the Bundesliga remain in contention for the cup, while Bremen, sits in sixteenth and is currently in a relegation playoff spot.

Dortmund and Hertha features a rematch of the second and third place teams in the league. Hertha was the first team to keep a clean sheet against Dortmund this season. BVB was the only top flight team in Europe which hadn't been kept scoreless this season.

With the Cup Final being held at the Olympiastadion, Hertha will look to advance for a chance to contend for the DFB-Pokal in front of a home crowd.

Bayern and Bremen have met once this season, with Munich winning in a hard-fought match by a slim margin of 1-0. The game was one of Bremen's best all season despite the result, and the two clubs will meet in March at the Allianz Arena in what will be a preview of bigger things to come.

Bayern is in contention to capture the Bundesliga yet again, and will hope to complete the double in the DFB-Pokal by advancing to the Final.

The dates for the semifinals have yet to be set in stone, but one will be played on 19 April with the other being played the following day.