There were unfortunately no major surprises in the round of 16, the only thing close to a surprise is Gladbach losing to Bremen in a thrilling encounter. Also something of a surprise was Bayern’s 1-0 win over Darmstadt, one might have expected a more convincing victory for them. Unterhaching got to live the dream for a little while, they went 1-0 up against Bayer Leverkusen. True they took less than five minutes to concede the equaliser but it was not until part of the way through the second half that Leverkusen were able to take the lead, and Unterhaching up until that point were actually in the game. They certainly held their own against a side that just a few days ago put five past Gladbach. Third division Aue are also out after losing 2-0 to 1.FC Heidenheim, leaving the latter as the last 2.B side in the competition after 1.FCN lost 2-0 to Hertha BSC, Eintracht Braunschweig lost 3-2 to VfB Stuttgart in extra time and 1860 losing 2-0 to Bochum.
As things stand that means Jogi and Hansi both still have one team each in the competition, though I don’t expect that to be the case after the next round which offers up a most exciting clash indeed, at least for me personally anyway. The very first team out of the pot was VfB Stuttgart who were drawn with Borussia Dortmund. It would take a miracle for VfB to win that tie, regardless of how much they improve before then. Next out was Heidenheim who will face Hertha BSC. After them was the most ironic tie of all, after beating the other Munich 2-0 Bochum find themselves facing Bayern. And finally Bayer Leverkusen v Werder Bremen. I wonder, is this season going to be business as usual, that is a Dortmund-Bayern final.
The highlight of the two days was the following piece of video footage. I have the 1996-97 DFB final on DVD in it’s entirety, what it’s missing is the presentation of the trophy. Now that’s been slightly rectified with this video showing Jogi lifting the trophy:
Next is highlights of every game plus a video of part of the laser show from after Bayern’s game:
Then all the matches in their full length, the Dortmund one includes the post-match show which has interviews with Marcus Weinzierl and Thomas Tuchel. In order, Bayern v Darmstadt, Augsburg v Dortmund, Unterhaching v Leverkusen, Stuttgart v Brauschweig, Nürnberg v Hertha, Gladbach v Bremen, Aue v Heidenheim and finally 1860 v Bochum:
Then of course pictures, first from Bayern’s game and from the laser show afterwards, and then some from Dortmund’s. Also there’s a rather cool GIF of Manuel Neuer’s pre-match routine: