DFB Pokal round-up

Image: Gomez: Hat-trick hero for Stuttgart

Carl Zeiss Jena shocked Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB Pokal as Stuttgart survived a scare in the last 16.

Arminia crash out as Stuttgart squeeze through

Carl Zeiss Jena shocked Arminia Bielefeld in the last 16 of the DFB Pokal as Stuttgart survived a scare at Werder Bremen's reserve side. Arminia are struggling in the Bundesliga, but Carl Zeiss Jena are faring worse in the second tier and are currently in the relegation zone. All seemed to be going swimmingly for the visitors when Artur Wichniarek scored just before half-time. But Nils Petersen levelled for Carl Zeiss Jena on 84 minutes and Jan Simak scored a shock winner from the penalty spot four minutes from the end of extra-time. Mario Gomez's hat-trick appeared to put Stuttgart on course for an easy win before Bremen's reserve side battled back in the second half to go down 3-2. Gomez opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark and netted again on 32 and 43 minutes. Marc Heider pulled one back for the hosts on 57 minutes and Dominic Pietz's goal set up a nervy last 20 minutes as Stuttgart held on. Hamburg cruised into the quarter-finals of the competition after a 3-0 win away to Rot Weiss Essen. Rafael van der Vaart scored after just six minutes, with Piotr Trochowski and Ivica Olic netting within the space of three second-half minutes. Wolfsburg overcame Bundesliga rivals Schalke in a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw. Schalke were on course for the next round when Danish forward Peter Lovenkrands opened the scoring on 27 minutes. But Wolfsburg equalised in the final minute through Sergei Karimov before winning 5-3 on penalties.
DFB Pokal results:
Carl Zeiss Jena 2 Arminia Bielefeld 1 (AET) Rot Weiss Essen 0 Hamburg 3 Werder Bremen II 2 Stuttgart 3 Wolfsburg 1 Schalke 1 (Wolfsburg won 5-3 on penalties)

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