Bayern see off Heidenheim in nine-goal thriller
By Rune Gjerulff @runegjerulff
Bayern München had to fight hard to beat Heidenheim at home in the DFB-Pokal.
It all started according to plan for Bayern who took the lead after 12 minutes through Leon Goretzka, but the Bavarians were reduced to 10 men shortly after when Niklas Süle saw red.
Robert Glatzel then equalized midway through the first half, and it went from bad to worse for the home side when Marc Schnatterer gave the visitors a 2-1 lead after 39 minutes.
Niko Kovac reacted by sending Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman on the pitch at the break, and the Bayern coach then saw his side turn the game around and take a 4-2 lead through goals from Thomas Müller, Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry.
However, Heidenheim refused to give up and heroically equalized again after Robert Glatzel netted two more times to complete his hat-trick.
But with six minutes left, Robert Lewandowski made it 5-4 from the penalty spot to finally finish off the 2. Bundesliga side.
The win means Bayern join Hamburger SV and RB Leipzig in the draw for the semi-finals. Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen meet in the remaining quarter-final tonight.