DFB Cup Wednesday: No Day for Underdogs

One day after two Bundesliga and one 2. Bundesliga sides were all dismissed from the DFB Cup by clubs from lower tiers of the German football system, it was a day of expected results. Borussia Dortmund, FC Augsburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, VfB Stuttgart, Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen on Germany’s first division, along with Bundesliga 2 sides 1.FC Heidenheim and Eintracht Braunschweig, joined Tuesday’s winners to fill out the sixteen team group headed for the Pokal’s Third Round.  Wednesday’s five matches that pitted a higher division club against a lower division club were particularly one-sided, with the bigger clubs combining for a 22-1 goal margin against their lesser brethren, with both Dortmund and Leverkusen winning by six goal advantages.

Led by the Great Gonzalo, Dortmund overcome error in a laugher

SC Paderborn gave new coach Stefan Effenberg an early 1:0 lead when Dortmund keeper Roman Bürki’s indecision in handling a back-pass let Srdjan Lakic win a challenge for the ball and score easily.

After that, Thomas Tuchel’s team dominated the former Bundesliga side from eastern Westphalia, scoring the next seven to cruise into the third round of the cup tournament, 7:1.

Gonzalo Castro, playing along the right flank, contributed to four of the first five BVB goals, scoring two and assisting on two others. Adrian Ramos, Shinji Kagawa, Ilkay Gündogan, Lukas Piszczek, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan each scored a goal in the rout.

No comeback required: Brandt shines as Leverkusen romps

After needing and making furious, multiple-goal comebacks in their last two matches, Leverkusen got a goal and four assists from Julian Brandt en route to an 0:6 second-round win over Viktoria Köln, just 15 kilometers south of home park Bay Arena.

Mexican international Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez was the benefactor of two of Brandt’s assists Karim Bellarabi, provider of the final pass to Brandt’s goal, converted the other. Stefan Kießling got his side’s fifth goal and then assisted on Vladen Yurchenko’s 6:0 just three minutes later to round out the scoring.

Augsburg shows difference between first and second divisions

FC Augsburg sits at the bottom of the Bundesliga table. SC Freiburg sits at the top of the 2. Bundesliga table. In theory, this provided a fairly evenly matched pair of foes for this second-round meeteing.

In practice, however, it was all FC Augsburg, getting first-half goals from Dong-Won Ji and Alexander Esswein to demonstrate the separation between the two leagues. Caiby made it 0:3 early in the second half, leaving little for Freiburg to do other than hope for a goal to take a bit of the sting out of the loss.

No repeat magic for Carl Zeiss Jena; Stuttgart wins tight contest

The small fourth-division club that bounced Hamburger SV from the tournament in August managed to stay in their second-consecutive cup match against a Bundesliga side, but was unable to overcome Martin Harnik’s 22nd-minute goal and get one for themselves before a handball put Alexandru Maxim at the penalty spot to put the game away in added time.

Eintracht Braunschweig Ends SSV Reutlingen Fairy Tale

SSV Reutlingen had already sent one 2. Bundesliga side back from Baden-Württemburg with a 3:1 cup loss, so it’s unlikely the fifth-division club was entirely intimidated by the Lions of Braunschweig coming south of Stuttgart.

Gerrit Holtmann,though, scored 21 minutes after the first whistle and 16 minutes after the halftime pause to lead Braunschweig to an 0:4 second-round win. Emil Berggren and Orhan Ademi scored the Lions’ other two goals.

Ujah lifts Werder Bremen past former club and into third round

Former 1. FC Köln darling Anthony Ujah provided a painful reminder of his public exit from the Köln club, getting the only goal in the second-round meeting between the two, sending host Werder into the third round of the cup tournament.

It was the fourth time the two clubs had met in the DFB Pokal. After each of the first three meetings, the victor went on to win the entire tournament.

Revenge for Hahn? Mönchengladbach ends Schalke’s Cup bid.

Just three days ago, Andre Hahn became a late-game casualty of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 3:1 win over Schalke 04, when Johannes Geis’ brutal challenge ended with the Schalke midfielder’s shoe on Hahn’s knee. The Fohlen attacker will be out after surgery until at least the new year.

Schalke will have hoped for a better result from such a quick rematch, especially as they were hosting, but all the Veltins Arena atmosphere was good for was a decrease in final margin from three goals to two, as ‘gladbach kept another clean sheet in their 2:0 win.

Lars Stindl opened scoring just four minutes before the end of the first half. Thorgan Hazard doubled the visitors’ lead from the spot after Stindl was fouled by keeper Michael Gspurning.

Heidenheim gets past Sandhausen on penalties

Because 1. FC Heidenheim has been the stingiest defense in the 2. Bundesliga and SV Sandhausen has used stingy defense to stay safely in the second division the past few seasons, it should be no surprise that these two remained scoreless through regulation and the extra periods that followed.

Arne Feick will have his name go down in 1. FC Heidenheim history as having scored the deciding penalty that put the club into the third round of the tournament for the first time in its history.

The third round of the Pokal will be played on December 15-16, with the drawing of matchups coming up this Sunday on Sky90.  Nine Bundesliga clubs, five Bundesliga 2 sides, one club from 3.Liga (Erzgebirge Aue) and fourth-division SpVgg Unterhaching of the Bayern Regionalliga will comprise the field of sixteen remaining teams.


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Randall Hauk is a freelance writer living in the United States while covering German football. He is currently the publisher of Planet Effzeh, an English-language site covering 1. FC Köln. He wrote about the German national team for the Telegraph as part of their World Cup Nation coverage.