SC Verl - 1. FC Union Berlin 0: 1 (0: 0)
1. FC Union Berlin was not stopped by regional league team SC Verl on their way to the first cup quarter-finals in 19 years. The Bundesliga club won the round of 16 with the club from East Westphalia with difficulty 1: 0 (0: 0) and is for the first time since 2001 in the round of the last eight teams in the cup competition.
In the sports club arena, which was sold out with 5,153 spectators, the approximately 1,500 Union fans who traveled with them celebrated the goal of Robert Andrich, whose right-footed shot struck from the penalty area under the crossbar (86th minute). The second place in the Regionalliga West, which had caused cup surprises in the two rounds against FC Augsburg and Holstein Kiel, was an equal opponent for a long time, but could not prevail in the attack.
In the "biggest game in club history", according to the chairman Raimund Bertels, the outsider started courageously and had the first chance of the game thanks to striker Zlatko Janjic, but he failed due to union keeper Rafal Gikiewicz.
The Unioners had more possession on deep and bad ground, but Anthony Ujah (19th) and Sebastian Andersson (25th) were unable to take the greatest chances in the first half. At the beginning of the second half Christian Gentner (47th, 59th) and substitute Marius Bülter (62nd, 64th) provided clear chances for the favorite with shots, but Robin Brüseke in goal showed with brilliant parades as the strongest man on the side of East Westphalia , But he was powerless against Andrich's shot.
The video evidence was used in the match, but not the calibrated offside line. The reason was, according to the DFB, the very low camera positions. During the game, the video assistant was used on site in the form of a van solution.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 VfB Stuttgart (0-0)
Bayer Leverkusen also moved into the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup thanks to a curious own goal and can continue to dream of the first title since 1993. The Leverkusen team defeated the strong second division soccer team VfB Stuttgart 2: 1 (0: 0) with difficulty and are now one of the favorites in the competition after the departure of Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig or Borussia Mönchengladbach. So far, the only cup win 27 years ago was the last title for Bayer, whose coach Peter Bosz described the DFB Cup the day before as "currently the most important competition for us".
But it was hard work in front of 20,320 spectators for the Bundesliga fifth. After four goals denied for offside positions, a misfortune by Stuttgart goalkeeper Fabian Bredlow Bayers led to the round of the best eight. Bredlow, who is allowed to replace regular goalkeeper Gregor Kobel in the cup, punched the ball into his own net after a corner kick (71 '). The keeper did not look good in the second Bayer goal by Lucas Alario (83.). The connecting goal by Silas Wamangituka (85th) came too late for the guests.
The second division third from Stuttgart conceded the first defeat in the third competitive game under the new coach Pellegrino Matarazzo, but the performance should rather encourage the fight for promotion.