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Dortmund, Bremen reach German Cup semis

Dortmund, Bremen reach German Cup semis

BERLIN: Marco Reus scored one goal and set up another as Borussia Dortmund reached the German Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win at VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday as fans protested against high ticket prices by staying away at the start and throwing tennis balls on to the pitch.

Several thousand Dortm­und supporters spent the ope­ning 20 minutes away from their seats at the Mercedes Benz arena while a banner saying ‘football should be affordable’ str­e­tched across the empty spaces.

The visiting fans, however, got their money’s worth for the entrance fee when German international Reus fired the ball in from close range in the fifth minute.

Lukas Rupp equalised in the 21st with a fine strike from distance after the visitors failed to properly clear the danger from Daniel Didavi before a shower of tennis balls cascaded on to field from the Dortmund section.

The visitors regained the lead when Reus set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his 30th in all competitions, on 31 minutes as Stuttgart failed to cope with Dortmund’s pace.

Aubameyang created the third goal for Henrikh Mkhi­taryan with a minute to go.

Earlier, Werder Bremen came from behind to win 3-1 at 10-man Bayer Leverkusen who had Brazilian defender Wendell sent off in the 41st minute.

There was a strong Latin American flavour at Leverkusen’s BayArena as Bremen booked their place in April’s semi-finals.

Mexico’s Javier Hernandez fired the home side ahead with a penalty in the 22nd minute, after Alejandro Galvez fouled Stefan Kiessling.

But Bremen’s Argentinian centre-back Santiago Garcia equalised from close range nine minutes later and Peru veteran Claudio Pizarro converted another penalty after Wendell was sent off for bringing down Fin Bartels.

Pizarro then set up their Bremen’s third for Florian Gril­l­itsch on 82 minutes.

Published in Dawn, February 11th, 2016

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