Werder Bremen's defense of the DFB Cup remains on course despite needing extra time to beat Eintracht Trier on Tuesday. Borussia Dortmund, however, are destined for a fruitless season after losing to Hanover.
Daniel Jensen repaid coach Schaaf's faith with two goals in Bremen's win
Holders Werder Bremen needed extra-time to reach the quarter-finals of the German Cup with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over second division Eintracht Trier on Tuesday.
Dane Daniel Jensen put Bremen ahead in the fifth minute but Trier pegged Werder back through Antun Labak on 57 minutes and the game went into extra-time. Jensen added his second in the 105th minute before substitute Ivan Klasnic added a third in the dying seconds.
"It is nice for me to score two goals but it is more important that the team progressed," explained Jensen.
While Bremen will be glad to be in the hat for the next round, their manager Thomas Schaaf will be frustrated at playing another 30 minutes with his fatigued side already completing their seventh game in 21 days.
Borussia Dortmund were left ruing a late penalty miss from Brazilian Ewerthon as they exited the competition with a 1-0 reverse at Hanover.
Silvio Schröter struck on 59th minutes to put Hanover in front but they then missed an 81st minute penalty through Spaniard Thomas Christiansen. In a hectic period, Dortmund won a penalty two minutes later but Ewerthon arrowed his spot-kick wide.
Dortmund, who have not won the competition since 1989, now have no chance of silverware this season and must also sweat on Czech international Tomas Rosicky who suffered a recurrence of his back problem.
"It is a disappointing defeat from a sporting and financial point of view," said Dortmund general manager Michael Meier. "We will miss the revenue but the team cannot be faulted as we have 14 players injured."
Arminia Bielefeld joined Hanover in the last eight following a 4-0 thrashing of Karlsruhe while Bayern Munich Amateurs, the second team of the German titans, continue to make headway in the competition with a 3-2 victory over Eintracht Braunschweig.
Peruvian Paulo Guerrero, 20, built on his first Bundesliga goal for the Bayern first team over the weekend netting a brace (53, 58) to help sink Braunschweig.
On Wednesday, Bayern Munich host VfB Stuttgart in the tie of the round that is spiced up by the presence of manager Felix Magath. Magath left Stuttgart for Bayern at the end of last season and faces his former club for the first time.