Berlin - Kingsley Coman spared
team-mate Mats Hummels’ blushes with an extra-time winner as Bayern
Munich stumbled into the German Cup quarter-finals with a 3-2 win at
Hertha Berlin on Wednesday.
Hummels’ defensive mistake had gifted
Hertha an equaliser in the second half of normal time, but Coman’s
header ensured that Bayern huffed and puffed their way into the last
Hertha took the lead with a brutal counter-attack after
just three minutes, Maximilian Mittelstaedt stroking the ball past Sven
Ulreich, in Bayern’s goal for the injured Manuel Neuer.
back almost immediately through Serge Gnabry, who pounced on a loose
ball and smashed in the equaliser on the half-volley.
Gnabry then put Bayern ahead just after half-time, surging into the box and slotting the ball inside the far post.
Hummels’ howler brought Hertha back into the game on 67 minutes. The
Bayern defender’s weak header allowed Davie Selke to dart into the box
and prod the hosts level.
Hummels continued to look unsettled, and
he will have been mightily relieved when Coman nodded in the winner
eight minutes into extra time.
"Their second goal was unnecessary,
but we all make mistakes from time to time," Gnabry told ARD. "It's
always tough in the cup, and we are proud to be through."
Schalke cruised into the quarter-finals with a 4-1 home win over
Fortuna Duesseldorf on an emotional evening for the hosts.
game kicked off amid a sombre atmosphere in the wake of news that
Schalke’s legendary, cigar-smoking former general manager Rudi Assauer
had died aged 74.
"Rudi was the architect of modern Schalke.
Without him, we wouldn’t be standing in this arena," said Schalke
chairman Clemens Tonnies.
The mood was lightened on the half-hour mark, as Ahmed Kutucu curled the ball into the top corner to give Schalke the lead.
second came from a corner just after the break. Winston McKennie forced
a good save from Jaroslav Drobny, before Salif Sane pounced on the
rebound. Mark Uth added a third from close range on 53 minutes.
Rouwen Hennings then chipped in a consolation goal for Duesseldorf before Sane sealed the win late on.
Earlier on Wednesday,
19-year-old Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha made history with his
first-half winner, as RB Leipzig beat Wolfsburg 1-0 to reach the German
Cup quarter-finals for the first time.
Cunha fired Leipzig to an
early lead on nine minutes, latching on to a sharp through ball from
Lukas Klostermann and turning the ball into the bottom corner.
Augsburg also progressed after a smash-and-grab 1-0 victory away to second tier side Holstein Kiel.
were left to rue an array of missed chances five minutes from time,
when Michael Gregoritsch found the net against the run of play to send
Augsburg into the quarter-finals.
Hamburg, Paderborn, Heidenheim and Werder Bremen make up the list of quarter-finalists, having progressed on Tuesday.