Fri, Nov 02, 2007 - Page 22 News List

Nuremberg travails continue with Cup exit


German Cup holders Nuremberg's travails this season continued apace as they lost their title on Wednesday with a defeat to Second Division strugglers Jena 5-4 on penalties after the match ended 2-2.

Nuremberg -- who are 15th in the Bundesliga with nine points -- only had themselves to blame as they led twice only to be pegged back and ultimately lose in the most painful fashion.

Bayern Munich had no such problems as they overcame once mighty Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 with Italy's World Cup winning striker Luca Toni scoring a brace while Germany's leading international forward Miroslav Klose grabbed one.

On Tuesday Croatian international Ivan Klasnic completed his return to soccer following two kidney transplants as Werder Bremen's reserve side qualified for the third round.

Werder Bremen II moved into the next round with a 4-2 penalty kicks win over FC St Pauli, after the match ended 2-2 after extra time.

"I'm in good shape, I want to play as much as possible to get back to playing in the first team as quick as I can," said the 27-year-old Klasnic, who last played in December last year.

Hertha Berlin were the biggest victims of the night, falling 2-0 away to Wuppertal, while another first division side, Schalke 04, had to endure extra time before beating Hanover 2-0.

Klasnic played 67 minutes of Werder II's match, providing the pass for their second goal before coming off to applause.

The Croat showed his scoring boots last week in a friendly which Werder's reserve side won 9-0 against the amateurs of Wusting-Altmoorhaen.

Klasnic underwent a first transplant at the end of January, which failed. Since March he has been living with a kidney donated by his father, and he was able to return to training in September.

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