Bayern Munich went four matches without a win recently and, on Tuesday, just edged past fourth-tier Rodinghausen in the German Cup.
Borussia Dortmund needed a Marco Reus penalty late in extra time to beat second division Union Berlin 3-2 on Wednesday to advance in the DFB Pokal.
Champions Bayern Munich were made to work hard before edging amateurs SV Roedinghausen 2-1 on Tuesday to advance to the DFB Pokal third round.
Marco Reus was happy about a dirty win after scoring the dramatic 121st-minute extra-time winner against Greuther Furth in the German Cup on Monday.
Dortmund's defence was suspect as they nearly flamed out of the DFB Pokal, but late goals from Marco Reus and Axel Witsel bailed them out.
Borussia Dortmund scored a pair of dramatic late goals to overcome a major scare and advance in the DFB Pokal with a 2-1 extra-time win.
DFB Pokal holders Eintracht Frankfurt crashed out of the German cup in the first round on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat away to amateurs Ulm.
Bayern Munich were embarrassed by fourth-tier Drochtersen/Assel as they only managed a 1-0 win in the German Cup on Saturday.
Referee Felix Zwayer stands by his decision to deny Bayern Munich a penalty and a last-ditch chance to equalise in their DFB Pokal defeat Saturday.
Bayern's coach-in-waiting, Niko Kovac, exposed the German champions' lack of pace in the DFB Pokal final -- something he'll need to fix next season.
Niko Kovac said "football writes the best stories" after his Eintracht Frankfurt side beat future employer Bayern Munich 3-1 in the DFB Pokal final.
Eintracht Frankfurt pulled off a shock 3-1 upset over Bayern Munich in the final to win their first DFB Pokal since 1998.
Heynckes told a news conference ahead of his final game in charge of the club that the captain would return after months out.
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes says goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is making good progress and "has everything that a goalkeeper needs."
Neuer, 32, has not played a competitive match since undergoing surgery in September and has yet to resume full training.
The semifinals of the DFB Pokal highlighted some glaring problems in the Bundesliga, with Bayern Munich's hegemony continuing to go unchallenged.
Bailey became the first Jamaican to score in a DFB-Pokal semifinal when he struck direct from a free kick in Tuesday's 6-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.
Another VAR controversy enraged Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic during the 1-0 win against Schalke in the DFB Pokal semifinal.