Hertha Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg Knocked Out of the German Cup

23 September 2009

God bless domestic cup competitions.

The second round of the DFB Pokal (German Cup) has come to a conclusion and it produced plenty of shock results. The upsets started on Tuesday night as fourth tiered Eintracht Trier beat Arminia Bielefeld of the Bundesliga 2 4-2 in extra time. Bielefeld took a 2-0 lead, but saw Senesie pull Trier level by the seventy-sixth minute. In extra time, Bielefeld fell apart and Risser put the Regionalliga West side in front before Senesie put away all doubts from the penalty spot. MSV Duisburg went away to Borussia Monchengladbach and won in second half injury time 1-0. Michael Bradley played for all ninety minutes in the loss for Gladbach, picking up a yellow card in the process.

However, the big shocks of the round happened on Wednesday afternoon. 1860 Munich have been in financial trouble for many years, with the German Cup the only way to keep their name somewhat relevant. Kenny Cooper signed for the club in the summer transfer window, and has taken the club by storm and today's matchup against Hertha Berlin was no different. Already ahead 1-0, Kenny Cooper put 1860 ahead 2-0 five minutes into the second half. At that point, it looked like 1860 Munich were going to blow the favorites from the Bundesliga out of the water. When Cooper was subbed out in the sixty-eighth minute, Hertha Berlin tore 1860 apart getting two goals inside three minutes to level the score. In stoppage time, Hertha was unable to find the game winner and paid the price in the shootout. Hertha missed their first two attempts; 1860 hit all four of their spot kicks to advance 4-1 in the shootout.

The other major shock of the round happened at Bundesliga 3 side Osnabruck as they hosted Hamburg. After a dull first half, Hansen put the minnows ahead. Fifteen minutes later, Siegert looked set to put the 16,100 at the Osnatel Arena in pure rapture making it 2-0. Hamburg, to their credit, didn't give up. Starting with Petric, Hamburg pulled one back thirteen minutes from time. Hamburg pulled level in the second minute of added time, sending the game into extra time. In extra time, Hamburg started positively and were awarded with the goal in the 100th minute. In what wasn't even the final twist in the tale, Grieneisen put Osnabruck level just four minutes from time on a goal of the round contender. In the shoot out, the home side Osnabruck hit all four of their penalties. Hamburg however, saw Tesche and Petric miss on awful penalty attempts to see Hamburg knocked out.

Bayer Leverkusen were knocked out away to Kaiserslautern in a match they were never truly in. Koln knocked out title holders Wolfsburg 3-2. Alemannia Aachen nearly capped off a remarkable comeback tonight. Down 5-1 away to Eintracht Frankfurt, Aachen pulled three goals back to make it 5-4. However, they conceded a penalty to lose 6-4.

Other sides remaining in the German Cup are Hoffenheim, Bayern Munich, SpVgg Greuther Furth, Bourssia Dortmund, Schalke, TSV Koblenz, Augsburg, Werder Bremen, and Stuttgart.

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