Munich - Flu-hit Bundesliga
leaders Borussia Dortmund crashed out of the German Cup on Tuesday,
losing a penalty shoot-out at home to Werder Bremen following a 3-3 draw
after extra time.
Goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka was Bremen's hero in
the shoot-out as he saved Dortmund's opening attempts from Paco Alcacer
and Maximilian Philipp as Bremen won the last-16 tie 4-2 on penalties.
It finished 1-1 over 90 minutes after Dortmund captain
Marco Reus rifled home a direct free-kick to cancel out an early goal by
Bremen's Milot Rashica.
The game exploded into life with four
goals in extra time as Bremen twice equalised, through substitutes
Claudio Pizarro and Martin Harnik, to force penalties after
Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic and Achraf Hakimi had scored for
"It's a bitter defeat," admitted Dortmund striker Mario Goetze.
"We shouldn't have conceded two equalisers in extra time and then to lose on penalties is really tough."
Peru veteran Pizarro, who turns 41 in October, was delighted with his 56th German Cup goal.
"That will have done us good - we deserved to go through," beamed the former Chelsea and Bayern Munich striker.
meant Dortmund were without England winger Jadon Sancho and defender
Lukasz Piszczek, as well as first-choice goalkeeper Roman Burki and his
back-up, Swiss international Marwin Hitz.
Leverkusen also knocked out
meant third-choice keeper Eric Oelschlaegel made his Dortmund debut
against Bremen, the club he left last June after six years.
23-year-old was beaten after just five minutes when Rashica stabbed home
a Max Kruse free-kick to stun the sell-out crowd of 80 500.
equalised just before the half-time break when Reus fired home a superb
direct free-kick for his 17th goal of the season.
Both sides had chances late in the second half as Oelschlaegel made a superb one-handed save from a Kruse free-kick.
Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney then hit the crossbar with the 90 minutes up.
looked to have settled the matter by netting just before the end of the
first period of extra time after dribbling through the away defence.
came back with Pizarro knocking the ball home at the second attempt in a
goal-mouth scramble to make it 2-2 on 108 minutes.
regained the lead when defender Achraf Hakimi finished off a move he
started on 113 minutes, but Harnik levelled the score in the 119th
minute before Pavlenka's heroics in the shoot-out.
face Hertha Berlin away on Wednesday having lost their last two games at
the Olympic Stadium - crashing 2-0 in the Bundesliga last September
and losing May's German Cup final 3-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt.
goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is expected to be back in the Bayern goal
wearing a plastic cast after suffering a thumb injury last week.
on Tuesday Bayer Leverkusen, who pulled off a shock 3-1 win over Bayern
last Saturday, were another big name casualty as they slumped to a 2-1
defeat at second-division Heidenheim.
Germany winger Julian Brandt
gave Leverkusen the lead, but after Heidenheim striker Nikola Dovedan
equalised, midfielder Maurice Multhaup hit the winner 18 minutes from
time after previously hitting the bar.
Hamburg were another
second-division club to boot a Bundesliga club out of the last 16 when
20-year-old Turkey international Berkay Ozcan scored their second-half
winner in a 1-0 victory over Nuremberg.