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April 2, 2019
Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — One year after relegation from the Bundesliga, Hamburger SV may yet feature in German football’s showpiece game after reaching the semifinals of the cup on Tuesday.

Two goals from forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga were enough for Hamburg to beat second-division rival Paderborn 2-0 away in their quarterfinal — a game that rekindled memories of a manipulation scandal involving referee Robert Hoyzer.

Hoyzer officiated the sides’ previous German Cup meeting, a first-round game in August 2004, when he awarded two questionable penalties and sent off Hamburg’s Emile Mpenza to help Paderborn, then in the third division, upset the Bundesliga heavyweight 4-2.

Hoyzer, who also manipulated matches in the second division at the time, was sentenced to two years and five months in prison, and released after 14 months.

Hamburg received compensation of 2 million euros from the German soccer federation. A replay was not possible as the tournament had progressed.

Later Tuesday, Augsburg was hosting Leipzig.

Bayern Munich hosts second-division Heidenheim on Wednesday, with Schalke meeting Werder Bremen in the last quarterfinal.

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