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WATCH: USMNT’s Johannsson stays hot with classy chip

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My goodness, does Aron Johannsson just love a nice arc or what?

The Icelandic-Alabaman (Alabamian?) is making the most of rare playing time for Werder Bremen, adding to his role in two weekend goals by scoring his first goal since September 2016 in Tuesday’s German Cup match vs. Bayer Leverkusen.

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You’ll likely recall Johannsson’s gorgeous scooped pass that helped set up Bremen’s match-winner at Schalke on Saturday.

That helped Johansson, who had played four matches for a total of 12 minutes before the weekend, get a start on Tuesday. He did not disappoint, though Bayer came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the relegation-threatened visitors 4-2.

Bayern draws 3rd-tier Paderborn for away game in German Cup

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BERLIN (AP) Bayern Munich has been drawn against third-division Paderborn in the quarterfinals of the German Cup.

The 18-time champion Bayern, which knocked defending champion Borussia Dortmund out in the previous round, will play the game in Paderborn on Feb. 6 or 7. Paderborn is the lowest-ranked side remaining in the tournament.

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Only Bundesliga sides remain for the other games, with Eintracht Frankfurt drawn against Mainz for a derby at home, Schalke given a home tie against Wolfsburg, and Werder Bremen visiting Bayer Leverksuen.

Bayern is seeking a record-extending 19th German Cup title.

Bayern, Leipzig drawn against each other in German Cup

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BERLIN (AP) Bayern Munich and Leipzig will face each other in the second round of the German Cup, and Borussia Dortmund will continue its title defense against third-division Magdeburg.

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Sunday’s draw also paired Bundesliga rivals Cologne at Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim at Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg at Hannover.

Schweinfurt, the only remaining fourth-tier side, faces last season’s finalist Eintracht Frankfurt. Third division Osnabrueck, which knocked Hamburger SV out in the first round, plays second-division Nuremberg at home. Schalke visits third-tier Wehen Wiesbaden and Fortuna Duesseldorf will host Borussia Moenchengladbach.

The games are scheduled to be played on Oct. 24 and 25.

Hertha Berlin, Hansa Rostock ultras force delay of German Cup game

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Things got pretty testy in the stands on Monday night in Rostock, Germany.

In a second round German Cup matchup between host Hansa Rostock and Hertha Berlin, ultras from both Hertha Berlin and Hansa Rostock lit flares and one such pyrotechnic show forced a 15-minute delay in the match, as the referee called players over to the tunnel for their safety.

The trouble reportedly began after Hansa displayed a once-stolen banner from the Hertha support, which set off flares flying between both sets of fans, who were separated by one section of seats and a line of police officers.

In the end, Hertha Berlin had the last laugh, as it scored two goals in the final 15 minutes after play resumed at 0-0 in the 76th minute, first from Mitchell Weiser and the second in stoppage time from Vedad Ibisevic.

“This is a thing that does not belong to the sport. We distance ourselves from it,” Hansa manager Pavel Dochtev said after the match.

WATCH: USMNT’s Chandler scores for Eintracht Frankfurt

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It’s one appearance, one goal for USMNT wide man Timmy Chandler in his 2017-18 campaign with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Granted this goal came against lower-tier competition in the German Cup, but the 29-times capped defender now has two goals and nine assists for Eintracht since transferring from Nurmberg in 2014.

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Chandler, 27, has an unclear role in Bruce Arena’s plans with the USMNT. Previous coach Jurgen Klinsmann never figured out the right system for the player, and it will be interesting to see if Chandler continues to be instrumental in his European club but an odd-shaped piece in his national team’s jigsaw puzzle.