DFB-Cup: Nine first and second division teams already out of the German cup

The last ones to win were Bayern Munich. Eintracht Braunschweig fouled Munich to victory in the match between the two. It was the only one to be played on Monday (1 August).Two penalties converted by Mario Gomez and Bastian Schweinsteiger before the break and a Thomas Müller strike in the 83rd minute gave the record cup winners a 3-0 win in the first round proper of this season’s DFB Pokal. Cup holders Schalke recorded the biggest win when beating Teningen 11-1. Despite being thrashed, the seventh division club, who played the match in front of a 21,000 crowd in nearby Freiburg, still celebrated a day to remember. Others were hit harder – there was no lack of surprises and sensations. Four Bundesliga teams were dumped out of the cup unceremoniously by lower division clubs.

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Christian Sauter scores the equaliser with a free kick in Heidenheim’s game against Werder Bremen. The Bundesliga club lost 2-1. (Photo: Sampics/Augenklick)


First to go on Friday was Wolfsburg, who lost 3-2 at fourth division RB Leipzig in front of a record 31, 212 crowd. One day later Leipzig’s close neighbours Dynamo Dresden were responsible for the round’s biggest coup. After going 3-0 down against Bundesliga runners-up, Bayer Leverkusen, the second division club clawed their way back to win 4-3 after extra time. Shortly beforehand Werder Bremen suffered a 2-1 defeat at third division Heidenheim after going 1-0 up. Marko Marin also missed a penalty for them. The fourth victim was Freiburg who went down 3-2 at third division Unterhaching.

Three second division clubs also suffered the same fate as they were humiliated by amateurs. St. Pauli were knocked out 2-1 by Eintracht Trier, who are well known as giant killers after once beating Dortmund and Schalke in successive rounds. Rot-Weiß Essen defeated Union Berlin 4-3 on penalties after the scores were level at 2-2 after extra time. Holstein Kiel overcame Energie Cottbus 3-0. Two other second division clubs have also exited at the first hurdle. However they went out against teams in the same league as themselves: Hansa Rostock lost 5-3 in a shootout against Bochum (2-2 aet) And Karlsruhe won 3-1 at home against Alemannia Aachen. Therefore, a total of nine clubs from Germany’s top two leagues are already out of the cup.

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Mats Hummels and his Borussia Dortmund teammates had an easier time than other Bundesliga clubs when winning 3-0 away in Sandhausen. (Photo: Sampics/Augenklick)


Many top teams were made to work hard

Others were made to work hard but nevertheless just got through: Stuttgart (2-1 against third division Wehen-Wiesbaden), Augsburg (2-1 aet against third division Rot-Weiß Oberhausen), Hamburg (2-1 against amateurs Oldenburg), Mainz (2-1 aet against the Zweibrücken amateur club) all struggled when winning by a single goal. The Bundesliga club Hoffenheim were also taken to extra time by the Oberliga side Germania Windeck before eventually running out 3-1 winners. Three second division teams were also forced to play 120 minutes: Munich 1860 in their away game against third division Osnabrück (3-2), Erzgebirge Aue, at third division Saarbrücken (3-1) and FSV Frankfurt in Kickers Emden (5-1).

The other results in the matches between third division clubs and ones from Germany’s top league were: Jahn Regensburg v Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-3, Arminia Bielefeld v Nuremberg 1-5, Sandhausen v Borussia Dortmund 0-3.

Matches between amateur clubs and Bundesliga teams: Berliner FC Dynamo – Kaiserslautern 0-3, Anker Wismar – Hanover 0-6, Meuselwitz – Hertha Berlin 0-4, Wiedenbrück – Cologne 0-3.

Duisburg, who were Schalke’s opponents in the final in Berlin on 21 May, overcame third division Babelsberg 2-0. Other teams to win comfortably were Eintracht Frankfurt (2-0 against Hallescher FC). , Ingolstadt (4-1 in Oberneuland) and Fortuna Düsseldorf (3-0 in Hessen Kassel). Like Schalke in seventh division Teningen, Paderborn (at neighbours Rot-Weiß Ahlen) and Greuther Fürth (in Eimsbüttel) also eased through to the second round. Both teams won 10-0.

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Raúl (left), who scored two, and four-goal Klaas-Jan Huntelaar congratulate each other in Schalke’s 11-1 win against Teningen. (Photo: Firo/Augenklick)


Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Fürth’s Sercan Sararer both head the goal-scoring list with four apiece. Just behind them with three goals are Daniel Frahn (Leipzig), Matthew Taylor (Paderborn) and Markus Feulner (Nuremberg).