Amidst sweltering heat across Germany the first round of the DFB Pokal went underway Friday with three opening round matches setting the tone for a tournament that is always filled with surprises, upsets and memorable moments with Opening Night of the 2013/14 tournament being no exception.
3. Liga clubs Red Bull Leipzig, FC Heidenheim, and VfL Osnabrück would rise to the occasion hosting 2. Bundesliga and Bundesliga talent at their grounds, getting full attendances and providing enough entertainment to wet the appetite of those waiting for a mammoth slate of 12 matches on Saturday.
Kiraly (and His Sweatpants) Save 1860 in a Penalty Thriller Over Heidenheim
Favorites for promotion in the 3. Liga, Heidenheim would come up against 2. Bundesliga promotion favorites 1860 München in one of two Pokal opening spiels on Friday. The Munich side traveled the long distance across the country to face a quality and tough first round opponent in what would prove to be a tricky away tie for Alexander Schmidt’s club.
Heideneheim would create some quality chances early on, none better than a counter attack that saw Heidenheim behind the TSV backline before a last-ditch attempt took down the striker from behind. A questionable ruling saw play waved on before Heidenheim’s Flatterer and Schnatterer were booked for complaining.
Benjamin Lauth would provide 1860’s best chance of the first half after receiving a well-played through ball into open space, Lauth failed to chip Rouven Sattelmaier as the backup keeper deflected the chip out of bounds to keep the game scoreless after 45 minutes that Heidenheim could take plenty of positives out of.
The second half would be more in 1860’s favor as Schmidt calmed down his men after the half, paying off after a blocked free kick from Heidenheim sprung a wide open counter attack for TSV. American Bobby Wood calmly carried the ball to the top of the box on a three on one before sending it wide to Moritz Stoppelkamp who beat Sattelmaier to make it 1-0 for the visitors.
Heidenheim would recover, but not without Schmidt being forced to use all three of his substitutes after taking off Bobby Wood for Stephan Hain. With his second sub Schmidt’s hand was forced by an injury to Stahl that forced Canadian international Rob Friend to come into the match. A moment that 1860 would rue as developments unfolded.
After a spirited final ten minutes of the second half, Heidenheim took advantage of some shoddy marking in the box on a corner to equalize off a Tim Göhlert header in the 91st minute to get the Voith-Arena rocking. With 1860 down to no subs and looking tired compared to a spirited Heidenheim the upset alert was on as the two clubs entered extra time.
1860 would recover to dominate most of the extra period, but could not find a winner in the extra 30 minutes as the match was put in the hands of the goalkeepers and penalty takers for the first time in the Pokal in 2013/14. After all three penalty takers on both teams converted to start, Gabor Kiraly denied the last two Heidenheim attempts via some unbelievable saves to give 1860 the win and crushing Heidenheim’s Cinderella moment.
Credit still needs to be sent Heidenheim’s way as the players and supporters at Voith-Arena treated fans to an absolute treat of a match that went down to the wire, something a club that might just be in the 2. BL next year can hold its head high about.
Osnabrück Stuns Aue 3-0
It was a nightmare trip to Osnabrück for Erzgebirge Aue as their Pokal campaign was quickly dismantled at the hands of two early markers from Daniel Nagy and Andreas Spann.
A fifth minute goal from Nagy was backed by a rebound goal off the post from Spann in the 21st minute to give Osnabrück a shock 2-0 lead that proved too much for Aue to handle as they were eliminated from the tournament at the hands of a 3-Nil defeat.
Nagy added a second goal in the second half to give Osnabrück the lead, but by that point it appeared that Aue were more focused on putting in harsh challenges than defending or chipping away at the deficit they were facing in what will be a tough game to defend to supporters of the club, as Aue were poor from finish to start against a lesser club in the loss.
Red Bull Leipzig’s Coming Out Party Spoiled by Early Augsburg Goal
A fifth minute goal would spoil Red Bull Arena’s buzz on Friday as Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker’s fifth minute header ended Leipzig’s cup dreams before they could even formulate with the Red Bull’s not being able to match the first division class of FC Augsburg for 90 minutes.
Leipzig would recover and get some decent gains out of direct play to their strikers in Yusuff Poulsen and Daniel Frahn, but the early goal was too much to recover from as Leipzig found out that they aren’t good enough yet to come back from behind against one of Germany’s better clubs in the Bundesliga’s Augsburg.
Halil Altintop would add insurance in the 69th minute, but it wouldn’t matter as a business like performance in the back from FCA gave Leipzig fits in a 2-0 win that came fairly easily to the favorites after getting the nice early goal in the opening moments.
Saturday will see even more Pokal action with a whopping 12 cup spiels for the fussball fan to choose from.
|03.08.2013, 15.30||SG Aumund-Vegesack –||1899 Hoffenheim||(-:-)|
|03.08.2013, 15.30||SV Lippstadt –||Bayer Leverkusen||(-:-)|
|03.08.2013, 15.30||Fortuna Köln –||FSV Mainz 05||(-:-)|
|03.08.2013, 15.30||TSG Neustrelitz –||SC Freiburg||(-:-)|
|03.08.2013, 15.30||SV Wilhelmshaven –||Borussia Dortmund||(-:-)|
|03.08.2013, 15.30||Sportfreunde Baumberg –||FC Ingolstadt||(-:-)|
|03.08.2013, 15.30||Neckarsulmer Sport-Union –||1. FC Kaiserslautern||(-:-)|
|03.08.2013, 15.30||1. FC Magdeburg –||Energie Cottbus||(-:-)|
|03.08.2013, 15.30||Bahlinger SC –||VfL Bochum||(-:-)|
|03.08.2013, 18.00||TSV 1860 Rosenheim –||VfR Aalen||(-:-)|
|03.08.2013, 20.30||Karlsruher SC –||VfL Wolfsburg||(-:-)|
|03.08.2013, 20.30||Eintracht Trier –||1. FC Köln|
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