DFB Pokal, Round 1: Day 3 brings multiple upsets as Werder, Gladbach go down

Dennis Grombkowski

We had to wait until the third day of the DFB Pokal's first round, but we finally have some upsets as Werder Bremen and Borussia Mönchengladbach lose.

STG Pfeddersheim 0 - 2 SpVgg Greuther Fürth

Greuther Fürth received a goal in the first half from Zsolt Korcsmar and a goal in the second half from Nikola Djurdjic to beat Oberliga (5th division) side Pfeddersheim 2-0.

FC Saarbrücken 3 - 1 (aet) SV Werder Bremen

Robin Dutt's tenure as Werder Bremen manager has started in an awful way with a 3-1 loss to 3.Liga side Saarbrücken. The underdogs started the scoring just before halftime. Nils Fischer got onto a score sheet after Sebastian Mielitz was slow to react. Werder pulled level in the 59th minute after a corner kick from Mehmet Ekici. The ball was loose in the area, and Sebastian Prödl was on hand to knock it in the back of the net. It wasn't until extra time that someone hit the back of the net again. Tim Stegerer grabbed a goal in the stoppage time of the first period of extra time. With Werder pressing forward during the second period of extra time, Saarbrücken hit them on the counter Marcel Ziemer finished them off in the 112th minute.

SV Darmstadt 98 0 (5) - (4) 0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Gladbach became the second Bundesliga club to fall on Sunday with a penalty shootout loss to 3.Liga side Darmstadt. Gladbach controlled the match throughout and out-shot their opponents 23-12, but Darmstadt were comfortable to sit back and defend. Defend well they did, and the two sides went into a penalty shootout. After a 4-4 score after five kicks, Branimir Hrgota's shot crashed into the crossbar and saw Gladbach's hope of advancing crash and burn.

Arminia Bielefeld 2 - 1 Eintracht Braunschweig

Arminia Bielefeld took the scalp of new Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig with a 2-1 win. Bielefeld opened the scoring in the 36th minute. Sebastian Hille scored a great header on a cross from Marc Lorenz. Braunschweig began to push out in attack, so Bielefeld fell back a little deeper and settled into a more defensive shape. Shortly after the hour mark, Timo Perthel scored the equalizer for Braunschweig with a fantastic free kick. The level score was short-lived, however. Ermin Bicakcic was called for a handball in the penalty area, and Bielefeld was awarded a penalty kick. Tim Jerat converted the spot kick to give Bielefeld the win.

Victoria Hamburg 0 - 2 Hannover 96

Hannover controlled the match but struggled at converting their dominance into goals. This changed in the 69th minute thanks to second half substitute Artur Sobiech. The Polish striker scored on a header from a Christian Pander cross. As Hamburg pushed forward looking for an equalizer, Szabolcs Huszti found the open space and grabbed another goal to assure Hannover's victory.

SV SCHOTT Jena 0 - 4 Hamburger SV

Hamburg dominated the match on the day and finally capitalized when Jena's players ran out of gas around the hour mark. With nearly 90% possession on the day, Hamburg just wore their opponents out before finally finding the back of the net. The Bundesliga side were continually denied by Jena goalkeeper Brian Gheorghiu. It took 72 minutes, but Artjoms Rudnevs broke the deadlock. He doubled the lead a few minutes later after latching onto a poor backpass and beating Gheorghiu. It was 3-0 in the 79th minute after Rafael Van der Vaart scored a great free kick over the wall. New signing Jacques Zoua made it 4-0 just before the end of the match.

SC Weidenbrück 1 - 0 Fortuna Düsseldorf

Weidenbrück was awarded a penalty in stoppage time after Tobias Levels fouled Marwin Studtrucker in the area Studtrucker stepped up to take the penalty and sent Fabian Giefer the wrong direction to score the winner for the Regionalliga side.

FSV Optik Rathenow 1 - 3 (aet) FSV Frankfurt

The first goal came from the 2.Bundesliga side in the 21st minute with Matthew Leckie completing a simple finish. Rathenow's Murat Turhan should've equalized before the half, but his header was off target. Hakan Cankaya finally found a goal for the hosts just after the hour mark on a pass from Sebastian Huke. Extra time was on the cards for this match, and that period was dominated by Frankfurt. Leckie and Edmond Kapllani scored goals in the second period of extra time to give them the win.

BFC Dynamo 0 - 2 VfB Stuttgart

Stuttgart received a brace from Vedad Ibisevic in order to defeat fifth division side BFC Dynamo. Stuttgart controlled the match from the outset but lacked creativity in the final third. They finally opened the scoring in the 40th minute on a header by Ibisevic from a Alexandru Maxim cross. Stuttgart came out after halftime in full attack mode, but they were unable to grab a second goal. Finally, in the 76th minute, Stuttgart were awarded a penalty when Philipp Haastrup brought down Martin Harnik in the area. Ibisevic stepped up and converted the penalty to allow the Swabians to breathe a little easier and coast to a win.

VfR Neumünster 2 - 3 (aet) Hertha Berlin

Neumünster jumped out to an early lead after only four minutes when Michel Harrer scored on a free kick. However, Hertha would find themselves up 2-1 by the half hour mark thanks to goals from Anis Ben-Hatira. Both goals were assisted by Sami Allagui. Neumünster grabbed an equalizer in the 59th minute when Christopher Kramer capitalized on a weak defensive clearance. Neumünster began to defend for everything they were worth to keep Hertha out of their goal. They lasted until the 120th minute when Ben-Hatira was felled in the penalty area. Allagui would step up and convert the spot kick to see Hertha into the second round.

FV Illertissen 0 - 2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt started their season on solid footing with a 2-0 win over Illertissen. While they struggled to open the scoring until the second half, Joselu finally gave the visitors the advantage. With Illertissen looking for an equalizer late in the match, Sebastian Rode scored in stoppage time to end any hope Illertissen had of leveling the score.

SC Preußen Münster 1 - 0 FC St. Pauli

Leave it to American Matt Taylor to show up once again and score for Preußen Münster in the DFB Pokal. Taylor scored a hat trick last in Münster's upset of Werder Bremen, and this year he scored at the half hour mark to give Münster another Pokal upset.

SV Sandhausen 1 (4) - (3) 1 FC Nürnberg

Nürnberg jumped out to a lead in the 27th minute. Robert Mak sent a through ball to Daniel Ginczek, and the forward slipped the ball through the legs of Sandhausen's goalkeeper Manuel Riemann. Sandhausen leveled the score in the 58th minute with a penalty. Timothy Chandler brought down Julian Schauerte, and the ref pointed to the spot. Schauerte stepped up to take the spot kick and converted. Riemann would be the hero on the day, saving two penalties in the shootout to give Sandhausen a win.

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