DFB-Cup: Duisburg’s cup dreams over

Having appeared in the final of last season’s German cup final on 21 May, MSV Duisburg failed to get past stage two of the 2011/2012 competition. The Zebras, as they are commonly known, lost 2-0 away to fourth division Holstein Kiel. It was the biggest surprise of the 32-team second round proper of the German Football Association’s (DFB) cup competition which was played on 25 and 26 October. Rafael Kazior and Fiete Sykora scored the goals for the Regionalliga North table toppers to give them a deserved win against the second division side. Six months after getting to the final in Berlin, it was a huge disappointment for Duisburg. Also in trouble in the league, there is little sign fortunes will change rapidly at the club.

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Under pressure at MSV Duisburg: goalkeeper Florian Fromlowitz (to the right) after his blunder and coach Milan Sasic after a poor run of form recently (Photo: Firo/Augenklick)

The cup holders also encountered difficulties in their second round match. Schalke 04, who beat Duisburg 5-0 in the final, took a long time to clinch the win in Karlsruhe. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Joel Matip both scored with headers in the last ten minutes to give them a 2-0 win against the second division outfit.

The record cup winners however cruised into the last 16. A Bayern Munich reserve team beat second division FC Ingolstadt 6-0. Another Bundesliga team comfortably through is VfB Stuttgart who won 3-0 at home against second division FSV Frankfurt. Nuremberg, on the other hand, had their work cut out at second division Erzgebirge Aue. It took over an hour for them to, against the run of play, score the decisive goals to give them a 2-1 win.

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David Alaba, seen here with goalkeeper Sascha Kirschstein, was one of the goalscorers in Bayern Munich’s 6-0 win against FC Ingolstadt (Photo: GES/Augenklick)


Cologne and Hanover fall

Two Bundesliga clubs failed to progress. Cologne lost 2-1 at TSG Hoffenheim 1899 and Hanover suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of FSV Mainz 05 in a match that went to extra time. After taking the lead through Andreas Ivanschitz in 93rd minute, Mainz survived a last minute penalty for Hanover when Didier Ya Konan’s shot was saved by goalkeeper Christian Wetklo. The visitors, who have been without a league win for the past eight matches, celebrated whilst Hanover came back to earth three days after their 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

The final club to qualify for the third round, which will be played on 20 and 21 December, on Wednesday evening was 1. FC Kaiserslautern. A Richard Sukuta-Pasu goal in the 118th minute gave them a 1-0 win in the derby at second division Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Dortmund’s Sebastian Kehl (foreground) battling with Dresden’s Cristian Fiel in Borussia’s 2-0 cup win (Photo: Firo/Augenklick)


On Tuesday, German league champions Borussia Dortmund were comfortable 2-0 winners in their home tie with second division Dynamo Dresden. Other Bundsliga clubs however had their work cut out against sides from the lower divisions. After the scores were level 0-0 after extra time, Borussia Mönchengladbach eventually made it through to the next round by winning the penalty shoot-out 4-3 against third division 1. FC Heidenheim. Hamburg SV’s match against fourth division Eintracht Trier also went extra time before they ran out 2-1 (1-1, 0-1) winners. FC Augsburg had to battle hard for a 1-0 away win at Rasenball Leipzig, another fourth division side. One day later Hertha Berlin were forced to dig deep at fourth division Rot-Weiß Essen before three goals in the last 30 minutes gave them a berth in the third round.

In an all-second division encounter, Fortuna Düsseldorf improved their winning streak at home to 11 matches by beating 1860 Munich 3-0. Top of the table SpVgg Greuther Fürth were easy 4-0 victors against fellow second division SC Paderborn. And VfL Bochum won 4-1 at third division SpVgg Unterhaching.