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Record sixth straight cup semi for FCB

Wednesday evening’s DFB Cup quarter-final in Leverkusen was not only a tense thriller right to the end, the 5-3 penalty shootout victory also set a few competition records. FC Bayern are through to the semi-finals for the sixth season in succession, an unprecedented feat in the long history of the domestic knockout cup. The competition’s most successful team also won an 18th away cup tie in a row, another record. Overall it was Bayern’s 16th straight win in the DFB Cup – one more win would equal the club’s own record of 17 consecutive wins between 1957 and 1968. The longest winning streak in cup history, the 18 straight wins recorded by Fortuna Düsseldorf between 1978 and 1981, is also now within range.

Defensive problems for Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt will be without Carlos Zambrano in Saturday’s Bundesliga trip to face FC Bayern. The 25-year-old centre-back tore a hamstring in training on Tuesday. Marco Russ, another defender, is a long-term absentee following an operation.