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Oct 25, 2005

Frankfurt crush Schalke to progress in Cup

FRANKFURT, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Eintracht Frankfurt demolished Schalke 04 6-0 on Tuesday to reach the third round of the German Cup on a night of humiliation for last season's beaten finalists.

Frankfurt, taking up where they left off in a 6-3 win over Cologne in the Bundesliga on Saturday, scored twice in three minutes midway through the first half against the Bundesliga's only unbeaten side.

Alexander Meier, the 22-year-old German playmaker, scored the first in the 28th minute after being set up by Ioannis Amanatidis and Swiss international Benjamin Huggel made it 2-0 soon afterwards.

Schalke, runners-up to Bayern Munich in the league and Cup last season and among the competition favourites this term, self-destructed after the break.

'We played like small children in the second half,' said Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick.

Christoph Spycher, another Swiss international, added the third in the 64th minute and Meier got his second of the night four minutes later.

Worse was to fellow for Schalke, with Spaniard Francisco Copado making it five in the 82nd minute and Patrick Ochs sealing a brilliant win for Frankfurt, who came up from division two last season.

'We now want to reach the final,' said Frankfurt coach Friedhelm Funkel.

Werder Bremen won the other all-first division clash of the night, triumphing 5-4 on penalties against VfL Wolfsburg after the match finished 2-2 after extra-time.

Bremen were trailing through a Steve Marlet goal, the Frenchman's first for the club, but Miroslav Klose grabbed an equaliser in the 88th minute and put his side ahead with the second in extra-time.

Marlet scored his second in the 120th minute before Bremen came through.

The other Bundesliga sides in action on Tuesday advanced. Nuremberg won 3-0 at home to Dynamo Dresden, Hanover 96 won a tricky tie 2-1 away to Alemannia Aachen and Kaiserslautern prevailed 4-2 away to Rot-Weiss Erfurt.

Holders Bayern are away at second division Erzgebirge Aue in one of eight ties on Wednesday.