DFB Cup, 1st round on Saturday: Leverkusen make a fool of themselves – Paderborn celebrates a shooting match

Bayer Leverkusen made a fool of themselves in the DFB Cup at third division club SV Elversberg, while SC Paderborn celebrated a shooting match. FC St. Pauli escaped being eliminated from the first round at the last minute despite being outnumbered. It took a lot of luck against regional league team SV Straelen. VfL Bochum, on the other hand, asserted themselves confidently in Berlin.

DFB Cup, 1st round on Saturday

SV Elversberg – Bayer 04 Leverkusen: 4:3 (3:2)

Bayer Leverkusen surprisingly failed in round one at SV Elversberg in the DFB Cup. The factory club deservedly lost 3: 4 (2: 3).

Captain Lukas Hradecky immediately started talking to the Bayer Leverkusen fans at the fence. After the cup knockout in round one at third division promoted SV Elversberg, the supporters had to speak, because the Rhinelanders were defensively desolate and offensively wasteful in the embarrassment in Saarland.

“You can’t do anything with that many goals. We have good people up front, but if we have to score five goals then it will be difficult,” said Hradecky. “The fans were rightly pissed off. There’s a lot to talk about.”

The Elversberg players, on the other hand, went on the lap of honor and were celebrated by the fans. A great fight against the Champions League starter was rewarded.

The faces at Bayer are completely different, for the first time in eleven years the team failed at the opening hurdle. The wait for the second triumph in the DFB Cup continues even after 30 years.

Jannik Rochelt (2′), Kevin Koffi (17′, penalty kick), Luca Schnellbacher (37′) and Kevin Conrad (74′) sealed the eighth first-round knockout for the Werkself. The goals of Adam Hlozek (5th), Charles Aranguiz (30th) and Patrik Schick (89th) were not enough, for the league opener at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday an enormous improvement is necessary. The Saarlanders, for their part, advanced to the second round for the fifth time.

The Bayer fans actually gave their team a clear mission. “Do it again, get the trophy,” read a huge banner. But it didn’t help.

Leverkusen’s defense completely overwhelmed

In order to advance to the second round, the 1993 cup winners had to show “clear determination and aggressiveness,” Seoane demanded. For this he sent top newcomer Hlozek onto the field from the start – and he was there right away.

With his first action, the Czech scored with a flutter ball from 20 meters, goalkeeper Nicolas Kristof helped enormously to equalize. Rochelt had previously completed a perfect solo run into the far corner after just 118 seconds. A lively game developed with chances for both sides, because the Saarland Cup winner acted extremely courageously.

Rochelt in particular caused Bayer problems, Aranguiz could only stop him in the penalty area with a foul. Koffi sent goalkeeper Hradecky cold. On the defensive, SVE was a little overwhelmed by the pace of Leverkusen, after three missed chances by Schick (11th/19th/23rd) Aranguiz scored from five meters. But Schnellbacher responded after a perfect cross pass from Koffi.

Leverkusen didn’t appear more stable in front of 7414 spectators even after a double change at the break, it was an open exchange of blows. The Saarlanders seemed even more dangerous. Schnellbacher (49′) and Robin Fellhauer (51′) missed great chances before Conrad scored from a corner. Schick’s connection gate came too late.

Stuttgarter Kickers – SpVgg Greuther Furth

Likewise, Bundesliga relegated SpVgg Greuther Fürth failed at fifth division club Stuttgarter Kickers. The Swabians won 2-0 (1-0) with goals from Denis Zagaria (8th) and David Braig (88th). Second division side Hansa Rostock also had to give up in the first round of the cup, while fourth division side VfB Lübeck lost 0-1 (0-0).

Kickers Offenbach – Fortuna Dusseldorf: 1: 4 (0: 1)

Fortuna Düsseldorf has reached the second round of the DFB Cup for the eighth time in a row. The two-time cup winner prevailed 4-1 (1-0) against the regional league club Kickers Offenbach. Andre Hoffmann (34′), Kristoffer Peterson (54′) and Daniel Ginczek (71′, 79′) scored the goals for the Rhinelanders. Jakob Lemmer (57th) shortened for the Kickers in the meantime.

After the perfect start with two league wins, the guests at the former Bundesliga club struggled for long stretches of the first half. However, the favorite used a standard situation to lead. Captain Hofmann headed in a corner powerfully.

Offenbach increased their offensive efforts after the change and was countered coldly. Peterson raised for coach Daniel Thioune’s side. Lemmer made it exciting again, but substitute Ginczek made the decision.

FV Illertissen – 1. FC Heidenheim: 0: 2 (0: 0)

After the perfect start in the 2nd Bundesliga, 1. FC Heidenheim also kept a clean sheet in the DFB Cup. In the long-fought neighborhood duel at regional league club FV Illertissen from Neu-Ulm, coach Frank Schmidt’s team won 2-0 (0-0).

Captain Patrick Mainka (57th) and substitute Adrian Beck (81st) scored the goals for Heidenheim, who started the league with two wins. The Baden-Württembergers last reached the second round in 2019.

In a lively early phase, the fourth division team, who started with two defeats, kept up well, a 25-metre shot by full-back Philipp Boyer posed problems for Heidenheim’s substitute goalkeeper Vitus Eicher for the first time. Despite slight playful advantages, the guests were unable to seize control.

Kevin Sessa failed with a low shot by Illertissen’s keeper Michael Wagner (53′), then Mainka redeemed Heidenheim with a header after a corner. Substitutes Tim Bergmiller (66′) and Hannes Pöschl (80′) missed good opportunities to equalize before Beck made everything clear a few seconds later.

Unit Wernigerode – SC Paderborn: 0:10 (0:3)

The goal-hungry second division club SC Paderborn has reached the second round of the DFB Cup in overdrive. The East Westphalians celebrated a 10-0 (3-0) thrashing victory at the overwhelmed Oberliga side FC Unity Wernigerode. Julian Justvan (7’/47′), Robert Leipertz (11’/58′), Marvin Pieringer (40’/50’/53’/90′), Dennis Srbeny (49′) and Richmond Tachie (67′) scored the goals of the guests.

Paderborn started concentrated and quickly set the course for victory with Justvan and Leipertz. Shortly before the break, Pieringer, who was only loaned out by Bundesliga club Schalke 04 on Thursday, followed up. Even after the change, Paderborn had everything under control and quickly increased the result. The underdog came only sporadically to attacks.

SV Straelen – FC St. Pauli 3: 4 (2: 2)

FC St. Pauli had a hard time avoiding an embarrassment in the DFB Cup. Coach Timo Schultz’s team narrowly won 4:3 (2:2) at regional league club SV Straelen.

Eric Smith (26′), Jakov Medic (40’/90′) and David Otto (62′) scored the visitors’ goals in Duisburg. Jaron Vicario (19′, 80′) and Amoros Nshimirimana (42′) scored for coach Sunday Oliseh’s team. The 1996 Olympic champion with Nigeria and long-time Bundesliga professional took over Straelen in the summer.

Last season’s cup quarter-finalists had big problems with the bold outsider. Hamburg’s defense in particular was anything but solid.

After the change, Otto put St. Pauli on the road to victory, but after a red card against Manolis Saliakas (77th, gross foul play), the favorites had to tremble again in the final phase. Vicario equalized with a clever free-kick before the ball bounced off Medic’s back in St. Pauli’s victory.

Viktoria Berlin – VfL Bochum 0:3 (0:2)

Safe in round two: Bundesliga side VfL Bochum successfully started the new season with a concentrated performance. Coach Thomas Reis’ team won 3-0 (2-0) in the first round of the DFB Cup against Viktoria Berlin, who had been relegated to the third division and effortlessly confirmed their role as favourites.

A week before the Bundesliga opener against FSV Mainz 05, Simon Zoller (18th), Takuma Asano (22nd) and the new centre-forward Philipp Hofmann (65th) scored the goals for VfL in the traditional Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark . The regional league countered with the expected passion, but had no chance against the experienced first division team.

DFB-Pokal: 1st round on Saturday at a glance

home team away team Kickoff/Result
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin VfL Bochum 0:3
SV Straelen FC St. Pauli 3:4
Jahn Regensburg 1. FC Cologne 2:2 (4:3 n. E.)
VfB Luebeck Hansa Rostock 1:0
SV Elversberg Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4:3
FC Unity Wernigerode SC Paderborn 07 0:10
FV Illertissen 1. FC Heidenheim 0:2
SpVgg Bayreuth Hamburger SV 1:1 (1:3 n. V.)
Kickers Offenbach Fortuna Düsseldorf 1:4
FC Carl Zeiss Jena VfL Wolfsburg 0:1
Stuttgart kickers SpVgg Greuther Furth 2:0
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