After the sometimes surprising results on Saturday, the late games on Sunday also offered a real spectacle. Bundesliga club Hertha BSC made a fool of themselves again in the first round of the DFB Cup and were eliminated at Eintracht Braunschweig despite an early 2-0 lead. The club from the capital failed 5: 6 on penalties at the second division promoted team. After extra time it was 4: 4 (2: 2, 2: 0).
With a roaring crowd behind them, the lower-class team took control of the spectacular game more and more in the second half and deservedly trumped the first division side in front of 14,126 spectators with a double strike, goals in extra time – and finally threw the Berliners out of the competition on penalties. Berlin’s Marc Oliver Kempf missed the decisive penalty.
Davie Selke (10′) and Myziane Maolida (42′) initially gave Berlin the lead before Brian Behrendt (63’/penalty) and Lion Lauberbach (66′) scored for Braunschweig. Shortly after the restart, Hertha even conceded the 2:3 through Immanuel Pherai (91st), before Lucas Tousart (103rd) and Dodi Lukebakio (105th) ensured the lead again. But Bryan Henning’s goal (118th) resulted in a penalty shoot-out.
It is not the first embarrassing bankruptcy of Berliners in Braunschweig. In 2020, the Berliners also lost to Lower Saxony in the first round 4: 5 in regular time.
Third division team Waldhof Mannheim also managed a surprise, beating second division team Holstein Kiel 5:3 (0:0, 0:0, 0:0) on penalties. It was 0-0 after extra time. Fridolin Wagner converted the decisive penalty kick for the hosts, who were absolutely equal in the game worth seeing, so that the SVW reached the second round like last year. At that time, the Badeners had eliminated the later Europa League winner Eintracht Frankfurt.
Kiel, on the other hand, missed the first mandatory win of the season after only two draws in the league so far. 13,137 spectators in the Carl-Benz-Stadion saw a varied early phase, in which Mannheim’s Baris Ekincier (5th) and Kiel’s Benedikt Pichler (7th) both failed to score with the goalkeeper. The teams then largely neutralized each other until Waldhof captain Marcel Seegert cleared a shot by Julian Korb on the line (45.1).
After the break, both teams had stronger phases, but did not use their scoring opportunities. In extra time, the players seemed tired due to the high temperatures, so the penalty shoot-out with the goal from Wagner brought the decision.
Last year’s finalist SC Freiburg has an early cup knockout. averted with difficulty. The Bundesliga soccer club came to a 2:1 (1:1, 0:1) after extra time at the second division promoted 1. FC Kaiserslautern and can continue to dream of marching through to Berlin again. Roland Sallai in the 82nd minute and Ritsu Doan (111th) saved the Europa League participants from the impending end with their late goals. Marlon Ritter (33rd) had given the Red Devils the lead in front of 38,317 spectators with a dream goal from 50 meters.
Freiburg had more of the game, but could hardly embarrass the FCK defense. The hosts acted snappy and were celebrated by the fans for every tackle. Little went forward for the Palatinate, but a stroke of genius by Ritter brought the surprising lead. The midfielder overcame SC keeper Mark Flekken, who was positioned too far in front of goal, with a shot almost from the halfway line. The Dutchman was still on the ball with his fingertips, but couldn’t prevent the goal.
As the season progressed, Kaiserslautern had to pay a little tribute to the intensive running work in midsummer temperatures. Coach Dirk Schuster reacted and brought four fresh players who enlivened the FCK game. Striker Terrence Boyd had several chances to make it 2-0, but couldn’t take them all. That took revenge, because Sallai saved the Breisgauer with the late equalizer in extra time, where Doan scored from a direct free kick to win.
TSG Hoffenheim also needed extra time to beat SV Rödinghausen 2-0 (0-0). In front of 1606 spectators in the Häcker-Wiehenstadion, the new signings Ozan Kabak (115th) and Grischa Prömel (118th) scored the late winning goal for the guests, who were spared an embarrassment in a duel with the brave regional football league team from East Westphalia. Hoffenheim only escaped an early deficit with a lot of luck when Damjan Marceta (14th) didn’t hit the ball properly from close range, injured himself in the process and had to be substituted a little later.
The Bundesliga side, unbeaten in the pre-season, gained more possession as the season went on, but not the better chances. There was a lack of ideas and pace to shake the tightly staggered defense of the fourth division. Only Prömel (8th), who was Hoffenheim’s only summer signing in the starting XI, came close to the opposing goal with a shot. The goalless draw at the break was an expression of a colorless game for long stretches, in which many wishes remained unfulfilled, especially among the guests.
Only after the restart did the Kraichgauers tighten their pace and promptly got their first big chance. But the volley from Andrej Kramaric (50th) was too out of place to seriously challenge guest keeper Leon Tigges, who was also injured and replaced a little later. However, this possibility was not suitable as an initial spark. Hoffenheim continued to run headlong, while Rödinghausen limited himself to counterattacks. Because in the livelier final phase Munas Dabbur (74th/83rd) twice missed great chances to lead the guests and failed free-standing at the opposing goalkeeper, it went into overtime. Hoffenheim used this thanks to late goals from Kabak and Prömel to a resounding victory.
Mainz 05 also won the fourth DFB Cup duel against Erzgebirge Aue. The Bundesliga team prevailed 3-0 (1-0). Dominik Kohr (41st) deservedly scored the lead in Mainz in front of 8446 spectators. Substitute Dwayne Burgzorg scored the decisive second goal after 70 minutes, before Marcus Ingvartsen made it 3-0 with a hand penalty (79th).
Mainz forced Auer to make mistakes in the build-up game with high pressing, but made far too little of the opportunities that arose. Captain Dominic Widmer (16th) and Michael Burkardt (19th) should have scored free-standing. But Widmer’s header went wide and Burkardt hit the crossbar. In return, Auer created the greatest chance, but Paul-Philipp Besong sent a fine outside instep pass from Marvin Stefaniak to the side netting.
The FSV lead then fell happily because Aue’s defender Alexander Sorge unintentionally deflected the ball, which landed at Kohr – and Kohr was able to choose the corner. In the second round, Mainz continued to mishandle their chances. Aue’s goalkeeper Philipp Klewin prevented the 0:2 against Lee (48th) with a foot defense. Karim Onisiwo (54th) just couldn’t get past the keeper in front of Klewin. Auer rarely got in front of the Mainz goal and conceded two more goals in the last 20 minutes.
Bundesliga promoted FC Schalke 04 made it into the second round of the DFB Cup with a commanding win. Under the new coach Frank Kramer, the Revierclub won 5-0 (4-0) at the regional league club Bremer SV in Oldenburg on Sunday.
The big favorite from the Ruhr area gave the regional league promoted no chance from the start in front of 10,000 spectators in Oldenburg, 40 kilometers from Bremen. Even without the ailing Simon Terodde and Danny Latza, but with seven newcomers, the Kramer team dominated the hosts at will.
Rodrigo Zalazar gave Schalke the quick lead after just three minutes. Two minutes later, another player should have scored: Former Bochum player Sebastian Polter failed with a penalty kick on BSV goalkeeper Malte Seemann. Drexler then scored the second goal. The offensive player hit the far corner with a shot.
The defense around the central defender Maya Yoshida, who was signed from Genoa and who played as captain on Sunday, had few problems against the team of ex-Bundesliga striker Torsten Gütschow. Only an attempt by Allah Aid Hamid narrowly missed the Schalke goal (13′). On the other side, Drexler was able to increase again. An own goal by Bremen captain Sebastian Kmiec made it 4-0 at the break (39′).
After the 0:12 against FC Bayern Munich in the first round of the cup last season, Bremer SV showed more courage after the break. Nikky Goguadze tested the new Schalke keeper Alexander Schwolow (47th) with a shot from 16 meters.
Schalke coach Kramer replaced the brother of Bayern star Leroy Sané in Sidi Sané. Sturm partner Polter remained in the spotlight for the time being. The attacker missed the fifth goal several times. Defender Marcin Kaminski did better, heading in after a corner to make it 5-0 (83′).
The professional kickers from Gelsenkirchen only had a cold shower after the final whistle. Due to the energy crisis, the city of Oldenburg has turned off the water heating in all city sports facilities during the school holidays, including the Marschweg Stadium.
SV Sandhausen also had no problems at BSV Rehden. The second division tenth won the Lower Saxony club from the Regionalliga Nord 4-0 (3-0). The team from the district of Diepholz could hardly oppose the superior Kurpfälzer.
The double goal scorer Janik Bachmann (23rd/45th minute), Ahmed Kutucu (32nd) and Alexander Schirow (51st) ensured in front of around 1500 spectators that Sandhausen won at no point in time.
Arminia Bielefeld progressed without any problems. In the 7-1 (2-0) win at fifth division club FV Engers, the favorite was superior in all respects. Janni Serra (9th/70th), Fabian Klos (24th/50th), Masaya Okugawa (56th), Bryan Lasme (86th) and Robin Hack ( 90. 1). Jonathan Kap (54th) scored the consolation goal for the Rhineland Cup winner, which the 2500 spectators cheered loudly.
Bielefeld controlled the action from the start and ensured clear conditions early on. Two standard goals brought the early decision. First Serra converted a head after a corner, then Klos also followed up after a corner. The underdog almost made it back after a mistake by Arminia keeper Stefanos Kapino, but Oliver Hüsing cleared before the line (33′).
After the break, a lively game developed with numerous goal chances. The first used toilets again. The best goal of the day, however, came from the hosts. After a low cross from the right, Kap skilfully netted in with a back-heel under pressure. As the strength of the fifth division team dwindled more and more, Bielefeld also deservedly won at altitude. With the success, the second division ended a 13-game winning streak in competitive games.
Triple goal scorer Marcus Thuram confidently led Borussia Mönchengladbach into the second round. The French striker scored a hat-trick (3rd, 22nd and 36th) in the 9-1 (6-0) of the Bundesliga against fifth division SV Oberachern and thus paved the way for a successful competitive debut for the new Gladbach coach Daniel Farke . The other goals for the favorites were scored twice in front of 15,000 spectators by Jonas Hofmann (37′, 45′), Rami Bensebaini (45′), Lars Stindl (47′), Joe Scally (59′) and Florian Neuhaus (78′). . Nico Huber scored for the Oberliga team (61st).
Oberachern had moved to Freiburg’s Dreisam Stadium for their debut in the DFB Cup. In line with the biggest game in the club’s history to date, there was a festival atmosphere, the fans took photos with the team buses before kick-off and loudly urged the players forward during the game. The South Baden team’s only goal was celebrated like a victory.
As announced by captain Nicola Leberer and team manager Mark Lerandy, the outsider did not put himself in the back, but – at least at the beginning – played an offensive role. He even kept the game open for 20 minutes and created a handful of chances. After Thuram’s goal to make it 2-0, the guests pulled away before the break.
The 24-year-old scored well on all three of his goals – twice by Captain Stindl, once by Hofmann. Gladbacher Thuram scored three goals in all of their 21 competitive appearances last season.
FC Augsburg made the debut of their new coach Enrico Maaßen in a competitive game. In the end, the Bundesliga team won clearly 4-0 (0-0) at the Lower Saxony regional league promoted Blau-Weiss Lohne. The strong resistance of the fourth division flagged on Sunday in front of 4150 spectators but only in the second half after goals by Arne Maier (51st), Fredrik Jensen (69th), Florian Niederlechner (81st) and Maurice Malone (89th).
Lohne not only barricaded himself in his own penalty area, but played courageously and disrupted early on. In the 17th minute, BW’s Jakub Bürkle hit the post, but was called off for a foul on Augsburg goalkeeper Rafael Gikiewicz.
FCA found it very difficult, also because the last pass too often didn’t arrive near the penalty area and clear scoring chances therefore rarely remained. New signing Elvis Rexhbecaj was in the starting XI just four days after signing from VfL Wolfsburg. However, one of his partners in central midfield decided the game: Arne Maier indicated a cross into the penalty area before his important free-kick goal to make it 1-0, but then flicked the ball past the wall directly into the goal. Even then, Lohne did not give up.
Hannover 96 benefited from two own goals from the Oberliga team from Mainz. Thanks to goals from Dominik Ahlbach (36th) and Silas Schwarz (50th), the second division team made it through to their own goal in the round of 32. In the meantime, Maximilian Beier (42nd) scored from the Hanoverian ranks.
Above all, the dismissal of majority shareholder Martin Kind as managing director of the outsourced professional football company floated on Wednesday. “I go my way, it is justified and responsible. The whole thing is completely superfluous,” Kind told the “Neue Presse” on Friday. “I don’t know why,” Kind said. “They didn’t tell us that.”
Kind does not consider the dismissal to be lawful and has it legally examined. He speculated it could be about things “that we should have let them know”. According to information from the “Neue Presse”, the e.V. had issued an instruction some time ago that it had to be consulted for expenditure of 100,000 euros. In the case of coach Stefan Leitl, who came to the current season for an estimated 500,000 euros, Kind is said not to have asked the parent club.
1. FC Kaan-Marienborn – 1. FC Nuremberg 0:2
TSG Neustrelitz – Karlsruher SC 0:8
Dynamo Dresden – VfB Stuttgart 0:1
1860 Munich – Borussia Dortmund 0:3
FC Viktoria Berlin – VfL Bochum 0:3
SV Straelen – FC St. Pauli 3:4
Jahn Regensburg – 1. FC Cologne 4: 3
VfB Lübeck – Hansa Rostock 1:0
SV Elversberg – Bayer Leverkusen 4:3
FC Unity Wernigerode – SC Paderborn 0:10
FV Illertissen – 1. FC Heidenheim 0:2
SpVgg Bayreuth – Hamburger SV 1: 3 a.V.
Kickers Offenbach – Fortuna Düsseldorf 1:4
Carl Zeiss Jena – VfL Wolfsburg 0:1
Stuttgart Kickers – SpVgg Greuther Furth 2-0
BSV Rehden – SV Sandhausen 0:4
Bremen SV – FC Schalke 04 0:5
FV Engers – Arminia Bielefeld 1:7
TSV Schott Mainz – Hannover 96 0: 3
SV Rodinghausen – TSG Hoffenheim 0: 2 a.e.t.
1. FC Kaiserslautern – SC Freiburg 1: 2 a.e.t.
SV Oberachern – Borussia Monchengladbach 1:9
BW Lohne – FC Augsburg 0:4
Eintracht Braunschweig – Hertha BSC 6: 5 i.E.
SV Waldhof Mannheim – Holstein Kiel 5: 3 i.E.
FC Erzgebirge Aue – 1. FSV Mainz 05 0: 3
Monday, August 1st
Chemnitz FC – 1. FC Union Berlin
FC Ingolstadt – Darmstadt 98
Energie Cottbus – Werder Bremen
1. FC Magdeburg – Eintracht Frankfurt
Tuesday, August 30th
Teutonia Ottensen 05 – RB Leipzig
Wednesday 31 August
FC Viktoria Koln – FC Bayern Munich