1. FC Nürnberg is the only second division team to reach the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup. The four-time cup winner defeated league rivals Fortuna Düsseldorf 5-3 on penalties in the round of 16 and made it through to the quarter-finals again after twelve years. After regular time and extra time, the score was 1-1. Taylan Duman (90+3) brought coach Markus Weinzierl’s team into overtime, in which Florian Flick saw the red card for an emergency brake (120′).
In the penalty shootout, Fortuna goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier initially saved Taylan Duman’s attempt – but referee Jöllenbeck ordered the attempt to be repeated because Kastenmeier is said to have moved too early. The second penalty was in. The only 21-year-old Jona Niemiec finally missed the only penalty of the evening. Then Eric Shuranov converted the last shot from the point for the lucky hosts. In addition to the performance bonus of around 1.7 million euros for progressing, Nuremberg can hope for an attractive draw in the round of the last eight teams.
The two-time cup winner Düsseldorf had the round of the last eight in mind for a long time after Dawid Kownacki’s goal (33rd). Four days after the derby defeat in Fürth (0:1), the hosts were the more active team in front of 25,216 spectators in the Max Morlock Stadium. Fortuna goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier deflected a shot from Lino Tempelmann hard onto the crossbar (26′). Kastenmeier was also on hand against Kwadwo Duah (30′) and Christoph Daferner (32′).
The visitors then took the lead with their first chance. A cross from Emmanuel Iyoha headed in Kownacki. “There were hardly any fluid actions, both teams are unsettled,” said Düsseldorf sports director Klaus Allofs during the break on Sky.
Nuremberg initially remained decisive in the second round. Daferner failed again at Kastenmeier (52nd). On the other side, Ao Tanaka put the ball just over the goal (55′), Kownacki missed twice (60′, 69′). Substitute Duman saved Nuremberg in extra time.
There, substitute Jorrit Hendrix was twice the unlucky Düsseldorfer. First FCN professional Florian Flick was able to clear his shot on the goal line (92nd). Then Hendrix shot a free kick against the crossbar (105th). After an emergency brake against Niemiec, with which he prevented another big chance for Düsseldorf to score the winner, Flick finally saw the red card (120 + 1).