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Fourth-tier FC Saarbrucken continue their miracle German Cup run by stunning Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf to reach the semi-finals after dramatic shootout that saw TWENTY penalties taken Tobias Janicke opened the scoring to the delight of the packed-out stadium Saarbrucken's goalkeeper Daniel Batz was on fine form and saved a late penalty  Dusseldorf equalised through an injury time corner to send the tie to extra time  A penalty shootout was required and Saarbrucken won after 20 penalties  Saarbrucken play in the south-west league and qualified by winning a local cup 

By Jack Newman For Mailonline

Published: 20:21 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 20:24 GMT, 3 March 2020

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Fourth-division side FC Saarbrucken have stunned the Bundesliga's Fortuna Dusseldorf after a dramatic sudden death penalty shootout in the quarter finals of the German Cup. 

Saarbrucken, who only qualified for the tournament by winning their regional Saarland Cup, took their esteemed opposition to penalties and had been leading until the dying minutes of normal time.

The game went to a penalty shootout and an incredible 20 penalties were required to separate the two sides. 

The south-west regional league have now defeated a top-tier opponent for the second time in their incredible run to the semi-finals of the domestic cup, the most coveted German knockout tournament. 

Players walked out to flares before the quarter-final clash of the DFB-Pokal in Saarbrucken

Players walked out to flares before the quarter-final clash of the DFB-Pokal in Saarbrucken

Saarbrucken's Tobias Janicke wheels away after stunning their Bundesliga opponents

Saarbrucken's Tobias Janicke wheels away after stunning their Bundesliga opponents

Daniel Batz dived low to his right to save an 83rd minute penalty and deny an equaliser

Daniel Batz dived low to his right to save an 83rd minute penalty and deny an equaliser

But Dusseldorf equalised in injury time with a corner which was assisted by their goalkeeper

But Dusseldorf equalised in injury time with a corner which was assisted by their goalkeeper

Tobias Janicke converted for the home side after an incisive counter attack midway through the first half to send the fans into a frenzy.

At the other end, goalkeeper Daniel Batz produced a string of stunning saves to deny the Bundesliga side on countless occasions.

And in the 83rd minute, Dusseldorf were awarded a penalty but yet again they could not find a way past Batz who dived low to his right to push the ball away.

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