Bayern Munich booked their place in the quarter finals of the DFB-Pokal after beating Hertha Berlin 3-2 after extra time on Wednesday night.
Hertha opened the scoring through Maximilian Mittelstädt when Salomon Kalou found the Germany Under-21 international on the edge of the box. He pulled the ball onto his right foot and placed it into the bottom left hand corner of the net past Sven Ulreich.
The former Arsenal winger rifled in a shot after pouncing on a loose ball just outside the six yard box, expertly beating the keeper at his near post to bring Bayern back into the tie.
Less than three minutes into the second half, Gnabry slotted in his second goal of the evening, going clear inside the 18-yard box and placing the ball in the opposite corner after neat interplay from Robert Lewandowski and James Rodriguez.
Bayern were strolling through the game but gifted Berlin an equaliser thanks to an individual mistake from experienced defender Mats Hummels. The German's headed pass back to Ulreich landed at the feet of substitute Davie Selke who placed the ball under the exposed goalkeeper.
The game headed into extra time where Bayern’s dominance was rewarded with a winning goal. Joshua Kimmich’s cross was nodded down in front of Lewandowski and the Polish striker scooped the ball back over Jarnstein to find Kingsley Coman to tap from close range.
Check out our roundup of the game below.
Key Talking Point
James Rodriguez and Thiago played a pivotal part in the middle of the park, spraying defence splitting passes to release their pacy wingers. Franck Ribery came on late in the second half and enjoyed similar time and space on the left wing.
Starting XI: Ulreich (6); Kimmich (7), Süle (7), Hummels (5), Alaba (8); Goretzka (7), Thiago (8), Gnabry (9*), Rodriguez (8), Coman (8); Lewandowski (6).
Substitutes: Ribery (6), Martinez (N/A), Müller (N/A).
STAR MAN - Serge Gnabry had a stand out performance and grabbed a brace, his goals coming either side of the break.
The German was on fire and caused many problems for Berlin’s defence. Gnabry took both his goals expertly, finding the opposite corner on both occasions to round off a fantastic performance.
WORST PLAYER - Mats Hummels mistake summed up a poor season for the experienced defender. Hummels had plenty of time to clear the ball but failed to do so, leaving Selke with a one-on-one with Ulreich as his goal took Berlin into extra time.
Starting XI: Jarstein (6), Lazaro (5), Stark (6), Rekik (6), Plattenhardt (5), Kalou (7), Skjelbred (6), Grujic (6), Mittlestädt (7), Duda (8), Ibisevic (5).
Substitutions: Selke (7), Klunter (6), Lustenberger (5), Torunarigha (N/A).
Following Wednesday's win, Bayern will look to get back to winning ways in the Bundesliga when they host Schalke on Saturday.
Hertha Berlin travel to inform Borussia Mӧnchengladbach, who have won all their home games so far this season.