Bayer 04 Leverkusen are through to the last 16 of the DFB-Pokal after a 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday evening. They will now face Rot-Weiss Essen, currently in first in the Regionalliga West and the only unseeded team left in the competition, on either 2nd or 3rd February.
The match started on the wrong foot for Leverkusen, however, as Amin Younes put Frankfurt ahead early on (6’). Lucas Alario was able to bring the Werkself level from the spot after a handball in the box (27’). The night then came to an early end for Younes, as he was taken off injured after half an hour. The two sides continued to trade blows, but the next best chance of the half would fall to Wendell, whose long-range attempt was kept out by Kevin Trapp (41’).