Bremen inflicit Dortmund’s 1st home defeat of the season in the cup

Borussia Dortmund 1 – Werder Bremen 2 (DFB Pokal, January 28, 2009) Alexander Frei broke the deadlock for Borussia against Bremen with a low shot that went under keeper Tim Wiese. Hugo Almeida equalised on the hour mark with a fine strike, collecting the ball on the edge of the box and sending a sweet half-volley into the corner. But Breman refused to be denied, a trademark Diego free-kick smacked against the post, Ozil collected and Claudio Pizarro was on hand to thrash in the second. The loss was Dortmund’s first at home this season.

Bayer Leverkusen 3 – Energie Cottbus 1 (DFB Pokal, January 28, 2009) Top-scorer Patrick Helmes struck after 12 minutes, before Michal Kadlec grabbed a second in the 29th with a powerful header. Renato Augusto added a third two minutes before the break with a brilliant solo run and an unstoppable shot from 25-yards into the right corner. Ervin Skela’s free-kick was little mor e than a consolation for Cottbus.