Borussia Dortmund, the titleholder was eliminated from the German Cup with a 1-2 defeat to hosts St Pauli from the second division on Tuesday.
Dortmund followed Bayern Munich, the record holder (20) who had bid farewell to the competition in the second round with a resounding loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach with a clean five last October. The competition will see a new champion for the first time since Eintracht Frankfurt won it in 2018.
St Pauli advanced quickly through Togolese Etienne Amenyido (4) before Belgian Axel Witsel scored an own goal for the home side to advance before the break (40). Coach Marco Rose tried to return to the game in the second half but was content with a penalty kick by Norwegian star Erling Haaland (58), who is being pressed by the club to decide on his future. The 21-year-old has been linked with Dortmund until 2024, but his contract includes a penalty clause allowing him to leave at the end of this season for around 80 million euros ($91 million) amid the desire of many clubs to include him.
Bochum reached the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory over Mainz. Hamburg qualified for the quarter-finals after a dramatic 4-3 victory over hosts Koln. The original time between the two teams ended in a negative draw. Hamburg thought they had settled the qualification early in the extra half after Robert Glatzel scored in the 92nd minute. When the match was taking its last breath, Koln got a penalty to score by Anthony Modeste in the second minute of second-half stoppage time (120+2), for the two teams to take a penalty shootout that smiled to the guests.
Karlsruher also qualified by beating TSV 1860 Munich from the third division with a single goal by Marvin Wanitzek from the penalty spot (69).