The draw for the second round of this season’s DFB Pokal has been made and there are plenty of mouth-watering ties in store. There are four all-Bundesliga ties (including a brace of derbies), while minnows SV Rödinghausen were the club to pull the dream tie getting Bayern Munich.
The draw on Sunday, made by German athlete Gina Lückenkemper, who recently won a silver medal in the 100m at the European Championships held in Berlin, pulled 32 teams from the pots and set up sixteen fascinating match-ups.
The pick of the second round draw has to be the Rheinderby between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen- a repeat of their Bundesliga matchday 1 fixture. Three-times winners Gladbach are at home and will look to repeat their recent impressive league win over the Werkself.
Speaking after the draw on Sunday evening Fohlen coach Dieter Hecking said: “We are glad that we have a home game. The game against Leverkusen yesterday showed that we can expect an entertaining football match, which will also be a difficult one. This is definitely a nice draw for the second round.”
There is another derby over in Niedersachsen with Hannover being paired with VfL Wolfsburg. Both sides have one Pokal triumph to their name and progression this year to the third round at the expense of their rivals would be extra sweet.
SSV Ulm, the conquerors of last season’s winners Eintracht Frankfurt, have drawn another Bundesliga club with newly promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf the next visitors to the Donaustadion.
Minnows SV Rödinghausen of the Regionalliga-West got their dream draw with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich their reward for making it through to the second round. Their Häcker-Wiehenstadion holds just 3,140 so they may opt to switch grounds as they did in round 1 using Sportpark am Lotter Kreuz which is the home of Sportfreunde Lotte.
Elsewhere, RB Leipzig will welcome their future coach Julian Nagelsmann to the Red Bull Arena after being matched with TSG Hoffenheim, while Augsburg face Mainz in another all-Bundesliga match.
Borussia Dortmund have a home tie against second division Union Berlin, whereas their Ruhr rivals Schalke face a tricky trip to face newly relegated 1FC Köln at the Rhein-Energie Stadion. The lowest ranked team left in the competition- Chemie Leipzig from the Oberliga, will face SC Paderborn, who are new to the second division.
The full draw:
Hansa Rostock -1. FC Nürnberg
SC Weiche Flensburg 08 v Werder Bremen
BSG Chemie Leipzig v SC Paderborn 07
SSV Ulm 1846 Fußball v Fortuna Düsseldorf
SV Wehen Wiesbaden v Hamburger SV
SV Rödinghausen v Bayern Munich
Holstein Kiel v SC Freiburg
Arminia Bielefeld v MSV Duisburg
FC Heidenheim v SV Sandhausen
RB Leipzig v TSG Hoffenheim
FC Köln v FC Schalke 04
Hannover 96 v VfL Wolfsburg
SV Darmstadt 98 v Hertha Berlin
Bor. Mönchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen
FC Augsburg v Mainz 05
Borussia Dortmund v 1. FC Union Berlin
* The ties will be played on October 30 and 31.
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