Result: Bayern Munich 5-4 Heidenheim
Date: 03 April 2019
Venue: Allianz Arena
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich advanced to the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal after seeing off second-tier outfit Heidenheim in a nine-goal thriller.
Leon Goretzka opened the scoring for Bayern in the 12th minute after finding a pocket of space inside the box to head home a cross from Joshua Kimmich.
However, the hosts were reduced to ten men two minutes later after Niklas Sule was red-carded for denying Heidenheim a goal-scoring opportunity with a heavy tackle from just outside the box that was reviewed in the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Robert Glatzel levelled matters for Frank Schmidt’s troops two minutes later with a header past Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich following a good cross from Marc Schnatterer.
Six minutes before the break, Schnatterer grabbed the lead for the visitors with right-footed strike from close-range following a quick counter-attack.
Thomas Muller brought the Bavarians back in the game eight minutes after the break with a clinical strike inside the box after being played in by Robert Lewandowski, who was introduced in the game at the beginning of the second stanza in place of Rafinha.
Lewandowski got on the scoresheet to hand Kovac’s men the lead four minutes before the hour-mark after combining with Muller inside the box. before finding the back of the net with a close-range finish.
Gnabry gave the Bavarians a two-goal cushion in the 65th minute, as the Germany international latched onto a through-ball by Mats Hummels before calmly slotting home inside the box.
Glatzel pulled a goal back for Heidenheim with 16 minutes remaining with a strike across the box that found the net against the run of play, completing his brace in the process.
Moments later, the visitors were awarded a penalty after a silly foul from Hummels in the box, which allowed Glatzel to slot home from 12-yards out to complete his hat-trick and restore parity on the night.
However, Bayern were handed a lifeline with six minutes remaining after being awarded a penalty of their own. Lewandowski took responsibility and slotted home to send Bayern into the final four.