The second round draw for Germany’s cup competition was held Saturday evening, concluding an exciting opening Saturday to the Bundesliga season and delivering a pair of all-Bundesliga battles, two all-2. Bundesliga battles, and a Cup grudge match to look forward to.
Days before the two most-dominant Bundesliga clubs of recent years face one another at Allianz Arena, both FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund will play their mid-week Pokal matches in Hamburg, with the defending cup holder having drawn fellow Bundesliga side Hamburger SV in a rematch of last year’s 0-5 quarterfinal romp for Bayern, and last year’s other finalist, the BVB, facing HSV’s crosstown rival FC St. Pauli.
Eintracht Frankfurt drew a home date with Borussia Mönchengladbach in the other all-Bundesliga battle.
But it was 1970’s East German power and current regional league member FC Magdeburg drawing perhaps the biggest task of the second round, as they will face Bayer Leverkusen, the club that ended the day atop the Bundesliga table thanks to a decisive 0-2 victory over Borussia Dortmund.
First-round sensation Chemnitzer FC will have to knock-out another Bundesliga side to advance, as Werder Bremen will come calling. Werder advanced from the first round for the first time in four attempts by surviving regional league side FV Illertissen last weekend, while Chemnitz famously advanced over FSV Mainz in a match that ended 5-5 before being decided through penalties.
There will also be two second-round matches featuring battles between 2. Bundesliga clubs. The two top clubs from last year’s second division to not earn promotion — SpVgg Greuther Fürth and 1. FC Kaiserslautern — will square-off at the Red Devils’ Fritz Walter Stadion. FC Erzgebirge Aue, who lost 1:0 Friday at RB Leipzig, will get a second chance at their new regional foe and gain revenge if they can get a better result from the Bulls.
Two sides battling at the opposite end of the second-division table last year, both of which downed Bundesliga sides to reach the second round, will square-off in Dresden, as Monday night Schalke-dispatcher Dynamo Dresden will host Stuttgart-tormentor VfL Bochum in a battle of sides which are off to hot starts in their league competition, in addition to having created their new-found reputations as Bundesliga-killers.
The way the first round is seeded assures that no sub-Bundesliga team will ever have to travel to a top-flight side for their first match of the tournament. The second round, however, offers that protection only to teams below the second division, which sometimes causes teams in 2. Bundesliga to have to travel to their not-quite-peer professionals in the league above, giving some Bundesliga sides a home advantage on top of the gap in class. This year, both VfL Wolfsburg and 1899 Hoffenheim will have that edge when they host FC Heidenheim and FSV Frankfurt, respectively.
In a rematch of a 2010-11 third-round match, the start of which had to be delayed for ten minutes due to conflicts between fan groups of the two sides, traditions club MSV Duisburg of 3. Liga will host recently promoted traditions club 1. FC Köln. The 2. Bundesliga Zebras pulled off the upset, downing the Bundesliga Billy Goats 1-2 in Köln.
All sixteen second-round matches will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday the 28th and 29th of October.
Bundesliga – Bundesliga
Hamburger SV – FC Bayern München
Eintracht Frankfurt – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Bundesliga – 2. Bundesliga
1899 Hoffenheim – FSV Frankfurt
VfL Wolfsburg – FC Heidenheim
2. Bundesliga – Bundesliga
1860 München – SC Freiburg
VfR Aalen – Hannover 96
FC St. Pauli – Borussia Dortmund
3. Liga – Bundesliga
Chemnitzer FC – Werder Bremen
Arminia Bielefeld – Hertha BSC
MSV Duisburg – 1. FC Köln
Regionalliga – Bundesliga
FC Magdeburg – Bayer Leverkusen
2. Bundesliga – 2. Bundesliga
1. FC Kaiserlautern – SpVgg Greuther Fürth
RB Leipzig – FC Erzgebirge Aue
3. Liga – 2. Bundesliga
Dynamo Dresden – VfL Bochum
Regionalliga – 2. Bundesliga
Kickers Offenbach – Karlsruher SC
Würzburg Kickers – Eintracht Braunschweig
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