Dortmund, Hertha Berlin, Stuttgart advance in German Cup
BERLIN — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored again Wednesday to help Borussia Dortmund beat Augsburg 2-0 and secure a quarterfinal against Stuttgart in the German Cup.
Bayern Munich, which knocked out holder Wolfsburg in the previous round, was drawn at second-division Bochum, Bayer Leverkusen is to host Werder Bremen, and Hertha Berlin will be visiting second-division Heidenheim in the other quarterfinals to be played on Feb. 9 and 10.
Aubameyang, the Bundesliga’s top-scorer with 18 goals in 16 games, broke the deadlock in the 61st with a quick shot into the left corner after Lukasz Piszczek blocked Ji Dong-won’s attempted clearance.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan sealed the result for the visitors five minutes later, his shot taking a deflection to give Augsburg `keeper Marwin Hitz no chance.
Dortmund keeper Roman Buerki denied Ji with a good block late on.
Dortmund, which routed Paderborn 7-1 in the previous round, last won the cup in 2012 and is bidding to reach its third successive final.
Bochum won 2-0 at second-division rival 1860 Munich.
Earlier, Hertha and Stuttgart advanced with victories over second-division sides Nuremberg and Eintracht Braunschweig, respectively.
American defender John Anthony Brooks sealed Hertha’s 2-0 win at Nuremberg with a fine header following Vladimir Darida’s corner in the 65th minute.
Darida opened the scoring the 32nd, which the visiting fans celebrated with flares, causing a brief hold-up in play.
Bosnia defender Toni Sunjic scored two minutes from the end of extra time for Stuttgart’s 3-2 win over Braunschweig.
Joseph Baffo fired Braunschweig into an early lead, only for Georg Niedermeier to equalize in the 21st. Goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz prevented Stuttgart taking the lead when he saved Alexandru Maxim’s weak penalty in the 35th.
Timo Werner thought he’d won it when he scored in the ninth minute of extra time for Stuttgart, but Orhan Ademi drew the sides level again before Sunjic clinched it with a header.
Bayern, Leverkusen, Bremen, and Heidenheim all reached the quarterfinals on Tuesday.