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German Cup: Borussia Dortmund, Hertha, Stuttgart progress into quarterfinals

Two second half goals saw Borussia Dortmund win away at FC Augsburg. Bundesliga strugglers Stuttgart left it late in extra time to beat second-tier Braunschweig, while Hertha won on the road.

Augsburg 0-1 Dortmund
(Aubameyang 61’, Mkhitaryan 66')

After both clubs were involved in this week’s Europa League draw

, they faced each other in what was the most anticipated match of the Last 16. Both teams are in good league form having won three of their last four league games.

The first real chance came on the 35th minute when Augsburg striker Bobadilla took a shot from the edge of the box, but Burki saved. A minute later, Dortmund had their own go when Julian Weigl had his shot saved by the Augsburg keeper Marwin Hitz. Dortmund’s pressure almost paid off when Mkhitarian passed the ball brilliantly to Aubameyang, but the Dortmund striker failed to capitalize.

Dortmund went on the offense again after the start of the second half. Gonzalo Castro took a shot from the edge of the box, but Hitz managed to save it comfortably. A minute later, a Mats Hummels header went over the crossbar. The hosts had the chance to take the lead in the 56th minute, but Bobadilla failed to score from a one-on-one situation.

Eventually, Dortmund’s pressure earned the opener. The Augsburg defense tried clearing the ball from within the 18-yard box, but the ball hit Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek and went straight to the legs of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who fired in from close range.

It took just four minutes for Dortmund to double their lead. Henrikh Mkhitaryan got the ball from a Shinji Kagawa pass, dribbled past one Augsburg defender and sent it straight to the lower right corner of the Augsburg goal. Augsburg tried to attack and get a goal that would get them back into the match, but last year's finalists held on to reach the quarterfinals.

Nuremberg 0-2 Hertha Berlin

(Darida 32’, Brooks 65’)

Hertha hadn't won away in Nuremberg in the last 12 years, but that didn’t stop this season’s Bundesliga overachievers from continuing their fine form. Hertha drew first blood on the 32nd minute from a Vladimir Darida goal.

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The Czech midfielder later assisted Hertha’s second goal, when he crossed a corner straight into the box, and defender John Anthony Brooks headed it home 20 minutes into the second half to send the Berliners through.

Stuttgart need 120 minutes, Bochum win

Jürgen Kramny’s men were favorites coming into the match, but it was Braunschweig who took a shock lead on six minutes. Defender Joseph Baffo took advantage of a blunder in Stuttgart’s defense and scored from within the six-yard-box.

The Lions’ lead didn’t last for long, though, after defender Georg Niedermeier headed home the equalizer in the 21st minute. Stuttgart could have taken the lead 10 minutes before half time when a penalty was awarded to them. But Braunschweig’s goalkeeper Gilkiewicz saved the effort from Alexandru Maxim as the match went into extra time.

It took the Bundesliga club until the 99th minute to break the deadlock, when Timo Werner finished off a well crossed ball from substitute Borys Tashchy. Stuttgart's defensive woes would come back to haunt them as striker Orhan Ademi, who came on as a substitute only nine minutes earlier, found the net after the hosts failed to clear.

The drama reached its conclusion on the 118th minute when defender Toni Sunjic headed home a Filip Kostic corner to send the Swabians a step closer to Berlin.

German Cup Last 16 results:

Nuremburg 0-2 Hertha Berlin

Stuttgart 3-2 Eintracht Braunschweig (AET)

Augsburg 0-2 Borussia Dortmund

1860 Munich 0-2 Bochum

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