Thursday, 15 December 2011

DFB Pokal (German FA Cup) Group of 16 Elimination

The German FA elimination rounds continue with the DFB Pokal Group of 16 on December 20th and 21st.  Twelve of the 18 Bundesliga teams remain in the competition.  Bayer Leverkusen, which has survived the Group stage in the Champions League, is eliminated from this competition.

Interesting matchups this for this round are Gladbach against Schalke, Stuttgart vs Hamburger SV and Berlin vs Kaiserslautern.   The match between 1.FC Nuernberg and 2. Bundesliga's Greuther Fuerth could also be a highly charged match.  

FC Bayern and Dortmund should have relatively easy matches against their 2. Bundesliga rivals, but the DFB Pokal has often delivered some surprises.  This round will probably be no exception.

The only thing that is certain is that after this round only eight clubs will survive.  All eight could possibly be Bundesliga but the 2. Liga teams will certainly have a say in that.  Greuther Fuerth has the best chance at survival.  How will Holstein Kiel fare against Mainz 05?  Fortuna Duesseldorf, top of 2. Bundesliga will not make life easy for Dortmund. 

Group of 16 DFB Pokal (German FA Cup)
20.12.2011, 19.00VfL Bochum -Bayern München 1-2

20.12.2011, 19.001. FC Nürnberg -SpVgg Greuther Fürth 0-1

20.12.2011, 20.301899 Hoffenheim -FC Augsburg 2-1

20.12.2011, 20.30Fortuna Düsseldorf -Borussia Dortmund 0-0 (4:5)

21.12.2011, 19.00Hertha BSC Berlin -1. FC Kaiserslautern (-:-)

21.12.2011, 19.00Holstein Kiel -FSV Mainz 05 (-:-)

21.12.2011, 20.30VfB Stuttgart -Hamburger SV (-:-)

21.12.2011, 20.30Bor. Mönchengladbach -Schalke 04 (-:-)

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