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Hertha post DFB Pokal win after gun attack on bus

AFP, BERLIN

A bullet hole on the windshield of the Hertha BSC bus is pictured in Bielefeld, Germany, on Monday.

Photo: EPA

Hertha BSC cleared the DFB Pokal first round hurdle on Monday 24 hours after a shot was fired at their team bus as a clash between lower-league VfL Osnabrueck and RB Leipzig was suspended when the referee was struck on the head by a lighter.

A police inquiry is underway into Sunday’s incident, when a motorbike rider fired at the empty Hertha bus as it was being driven to pick up the team at Bielefeld train station.

A photograph posted by the club on Twitter showed the impact of the bullet, which smashed a hole in the windscreen at the level of the driver’s head. The driver escaped uninjured.

Hertha beat Arminia Bielefeld 2-0 with goals from Salomon Kalou and Vladimir Darida.

Referee Martin Petersen was wounded when he was struck on the head by a lighter during a tie between third-division Osnabrueck and second-division RB Leipzig. The game was called off in the 71st minute with hosts Osnabrueck leading 1-0.

The seriousness of the injury has not yet been revealed, but the German Football Federation (DFB) said that sanctions would be taken against the host club.

“The DFB control commission has already begun an inquiry,” DFB spokesman Ralf Koettker said.

Television replays showed Petersen being hit by a lighter thrown by Osnabrueck fans, with the club’s president taking the loudspeaker to ask supporters to “calmly leave the stadium.”

Meanwhile, Borussia Moenchengladbach, third in the league last season, beat second-division St Pauli 4-1.

Bayern Munich got their Cup campaign off to a winning start on Sunday with a 3-1 defeat of fifth-division minnows Noettingen.

Holders VfL Wolfsburg eased to a 4-1 win at Stuttgarter Kickers, as Borussia Dortmund, last season’s runners-up, won 2-0 at Chemnitzer.

However, Bundesliga rivals Hamburg SV were knocked out by fourth-division Carl Zeiss Jena 3-2 in extra-time.

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