Holders FC Bayern München marched into the last 16 of the German Cup with a 4-1 home success against Hannover 96. Thomas Müller drove in the opener in the 17th minute before Claudio Pizarro doubled the advantage shortly after with a powerful header. Fourth in the Bundesliga, Hannover fought back and Didier Ya Konan reduced the deficit on the counterattack before the break, but Müller restored the lead and Franck Ribéry added a fourth to ensure Bayern's quest for a 17th cup success continues.
FC Schalke 04 were given a test by third-tier SV Darmstadt 98 but prevailed 3-1, while second-tier 1. FC Kaiserslautern eliminated top-flight Hertha BSC Berlin with a 3-1 win. Eintracht Frankfurt avoided a similar fate with a 2-0 victory against VfL Bochum 1848 and Matthias Ginter and Mike Hanke struck for SC Freiburg in a 2-1 win against VfB Stuttgart 2-1.
English League Cup
Manchester United FC responded to their weekend derby defeat against Manchester City FC by sinking rivals Liverpool FC to make the last 16 of the English League Cup, while holders Swansea City FC were knocked out in emphatic style by Birmingham City FC. A solitary Javier Hernández strike just after the restart was enough to earn victory for the Red Devils, who will face Norwich City FC in the next round. They will be joined by fellow UEFA Champions League contenders Arsenal FC after their penalty shoot-out win at West Bromwich Albion FC set up a home tie with Chelsea FC.
Swansea City's reign came to an abrupt end in the midlands as second-half goals from Dan Burn, Matt Green and Tom Adeyemi earned Birmingham a 3-1 win. Newcastle United FC saw off Leeds United AFC 2-0, while Stoke City FC earned a 2-0 win at Tranmere Rovers FC.
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