Werder Bremen defeated Borussia Dortmund in a penalty shootout (2-4) to secure a spot in the quarter-finals of the German Cup on Wednesday [IST]. The Bundesliga leaders conceded a last-minute equalizer in the extra time to a 3-3 draw after 120 minutes’ play in a thrilling last-16 tie of DFB-Pokal.
Bremen took the lead in the fifth minute with Milot Rashica’s goal but the home team leveled in the first half injury time with Dortmund captain Marco Reus’ free kick.
American import Christian Pulisic made a 2-1 up in the 105th minute but Claudio Pizarro overpowered the Dortmund defender to equalize in just three minutes.
After a daunting fight, Dortmund made a breakthrough when Achraf Hakimi scored in the 113th minute. But it was equalized by Martin Harnik within a minute to the final whistle, forcing a penalty shootout.
The star of the show was Bremen goalie Jiří Pavlenka, who denied Paco Alcacer and Maximilian Philipp in the penalty shootout, delivering a miraculous 4-2 victory at the Westfalenstadion.
Earlier, Bayer Leverkusen went down to 2-1 defeat against the second-division Heidenheim, another second-division club Hamburg sealed an upset win over the struggling Bundesliga side Nuremberg.