Borussia Dortmund breezed into the DFB-Pokal final despite the absence of Erling Haaland, Giovanni Reyna scoring twice in a 5-0 thrashing of Holstein Kiel.
Emil Forsberg struck a late winner at the end of extra time as RB Leipzig overcame determined Werder Bremen 2-1 to reach the DFB-Pokal final in dramatic fashion.
Japan striker Yuya Osako fired Werder Bremen into the German Cup semi-finals with a superb goal on Thursday (AEST) in a 1-0 win at second-tier side Jahn Regensburg.
Peter Bosz admitted there were no excuses for Bayer Leverkusen's shock DFB-Pokal defeat at Rot-Weiss Essen, declaring: "We must never lose here."
Fourth-division club Rot-Weiss Essen continued its giant-killing run in the German Cup by defeating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 after extra time to reach the quarter-finals.
Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland both scored twice as Borussia Dortmund ruthlessly defeated RB Leipzig 4-1 in Friday's (AEST) DFB-Pokal final to win the competition for a fifth time.