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Leipzig awarded Osnabruck win after DFB-Pokal match abandoned

A German Football Association (DFB) tribunal has awarded Leipzig a 2-0 win over Osnabruck after their DFB-Pokal match was abandoned after the referee was hit by a lighter thrown from the crowd.

Referee Martin Petersen sent the teams off the field in the 71st minute of the first-round match on Monday after being hit by the lighter, thrown from an area of the stands occupied by Osnabruck fans.

Osnabruck were 1-0 up at the time of the incident, and Leipzig had said they were willing to replay the match.


 By PA Sport

RB Leipzig, Osnabrueck match suspended after referee hit by lighter

The DFB-Pokal first-round tie between third-division VfL Osnabruck and second-tier RB Leipzig was abandoned with 19 minutes remaining on Monday after the referee was hit by a lighter thrown from the crowd.

Osnabruck were leading 1-0 - thanks to a goal from Halil Savran after just 23 seconds - when Leipzig forward Davie Selke got involved in a heated exchange with a player on the Osnabruck bench.

Referee Martin Petersen tried to intervene, but he was struck on the head by a lighter thrown from the...

Davie Selke to leave Werder Bremen for RB Leipzig

Davie Selke has made 23 Bundesliga appearances for Werder Bremen this season.

RB Leipzig have announced the signing of Werder Bremen attacker Davie Selke.

Selke will join Leipzig -- a controversial franchise of Austrian soft drink giant Red Bull -- for a reported transfer fee of €8 million on a five-year contract.

The 20-year-old is the first acquisition for the up-and-coming club ahead of what looks set to be another season in Germany's second tier.

"He's one of the most interesting talents in the under-21 department and has shown his qualities in the Bundesliga as...

DFB-Pokal illustrates Germany's footballing past, present and future

In the end, both teams suffer a 2-0 defeat. Third-tier club Dynamo Dresden are defeated by Borussia Dortmund and second-division side RB Leipzig are knocked by Wolfsburg. The next round of the DFB-Pokal will take place without the clubs from Saxony, but two days on the road in the state revealed German football's history, from past to present to future.

First, Dresden versus Dortmund, a match that breathes tradition. Two former champions, one from the old East and one from the old West.

When I leave...

By ESPN Staff

Bayern Munich reach DFB-Pokal quarterfinals, Werder Bremen stunned

Holders Bayern Munich cruised into the quarterfinals of the DFB-Pokal by beating second-division Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0 on Wednesday. 

David Alaba drilled in a superb free kick from the edge of area, firing a left-foot shot into the upper corner in first-half injury time, though the free kick was generously awarded when Arjen Robben fell to the ground after slight contact with a defender.

Mario Gotze scored in the second half to ensure they advanced after dominating the match against a...