The first day of the 2011-2011 DFB Pokal has come to an end with some spectacular results.
Rot-Weiß Essen Vs. Union Berlin
The first match of the tournament to go to penalties resulted in a win for the 3.Liga side Rot-Weiß Essen. Berlin were unable to get going on the offensive end until the second half when they were already down 1-0. Essen defended deep, and well, and capitalized again in the 70th minute when Berlin goalkeeper Jan Glinker fumbled a free kick and Essen substitute Benedikt Koep put the loose ball in the net giving the home side a 2-0 lead. It appeared that all hope was lost for Berlin, but a fantastic individual effort from Patrick Zoundi brought life into the visitors game. Berlin continued to attack and Simone Terodde snagged the equalizer in stoppage time to send the match into extra time. No goals came in extra time, and Essen goalkeeper Dennis Lamczyk was the hero saving two penalties.
RB Leipzig Vs. Wolfsburg
The fourth division club from Leipzig hosted Wolfsburg in front of a record crowd of 31,212. Red Bull forward Daniel Frahn opened the game with a goal in the 6th and 17th minutes putting the Wolves on their back heels early in the contest. Two of Felix Magath's summer signings, Srdan Lakic and Hasan Salihamdzic, opened their Wolfsburg goal scoring accounts to make things even in the 27th minute. It appeared that the Bundesliga side were going to roll to victory, but moments before halftime Frahn struck again. The forward headed in a cross from Rockenbach da Silva to put Leipzig on top. Wolfsburg were on the attack for the entire second half but were unable to put another goal past Red Bull goalkeeper Pascal Borel. The upset for Leipzig was monumental and will see them on to the second round.
FC Saarbrücken Vs. Erzgebirge Aue
It took extra time, but Erzgebirge Aue were able to put away FC Saarbrücken in extra time. A penalty by Thomas Paulus put the visitors on top in the 35th minute. The hosts continued to work hard in the midfield and were finally rewarded in the second half when Marc Lerandy was able to squeeze a ball over the goal line in the 70th minute. In extra time, it appeared as though Saarbrücken was going to take the lead but Lerandy saw his header clang off of the crossbar. Saarbrücken failed to clear their box on the other end and Jan Hochscheidt would bang the ball into the back of the net to put Aue on top 2-1. With just a few minutes remaining, Mike Könnecke put another one in the Saarbrücken net to seal the victory.
Jahn Regensburg Vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach
Borussia Mönchengladbach defeated Jahn Regensburg with ease as they won 3-1. The scoring was started when a Marco Reus cross was headed in by Martin Stanzl. Reus made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute when he cut through the Regensburg defense with some fancy footwork before putting the ball into the net. Tobias Schweinsteiger pulled one back for the home side on a penalty. The match remained at 2-1 until midway through the second half when Igor de Camargo scored to make the score 3-1 and clinch the victory for the Foals.
SV Wehen Wiesbaden Vs. Stuttgart
Stuttgart kicked off to a perfect start snagging a goal in the 6th minute. Centerback Ermin Bicakcic saw a deflected ball fall to his feet in the Wiesbaden penalty box and was able to score. Zlatko Janjic equalized for Wiesbaden later in the first half on a penalty. Just after halftime Zdravko Kuzmanovic was able to deflect a Tamas Hajnal free kick into the goal to give Stuttgart a 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish.
Osnabrück Vs. 1860 Munich
1860 battled back twice two overcome deficits and still needed extra time to defeat 3.Liga side Osnabrück. The hosts 18 year old forward Gerrit Wegkamp scored with just seconds gone to start the match. Benjamin Lauth pulled Munich level after just 10 minutes on a penalty after Kevin Volland was fouled in the area by Jan Mauersberger. He quickly made up for that mistake and put the Osnabrück back on top later in the first half. Just after the half Kevin Volland pulled 1860 even once again. The match would go into extra time where Lauth would bag the winner for Munich.