Second division leaders FC Hansa Rostock only averted a nasty cup surprise with great effort. The North Germans came to a 3-0 penalty shoot-out at regional league club FSV Frankfurt on Sunday evening. After 120 minutes it was 1-1.

Hang Malik McLemore gave the Hessians the lead in the 29th minute in front of 7,374 spectators at the Stadion am Bornheimer. Serhat Güler (84th) equalized. In the nervous duel from the point, Hansa goalkeeper Markus Kolke fended off all three Frankfurt attempts and thus became the match winner for his team.

Hansa gave the hosts a lot of ball possession at the beginning of a game characterized by duels. McLemore had the first chance of the game for FSV with a header and then caused a lot of celebration with his opening goal. Shortly before, Rostock’s Sarpreet Singh had only hit the crossbar.

After the change, Hansa pushed for an equalizer and were rewarded for their efforts in the closing stages when Güler scored from a low shot. The guests were also the better team in extra time, but were unable to make anything countable out of their oppressive superiority. Thanks to Kolke, it was enough for a happy ending.

Coach Dino Toppmöller’s successful debut in a competitive game at Eintracht Frankfurt quickly became a minor matter after firecrackers were thrown and the game was interrupted. Supporters of the regional league club 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig ensured on Sunday that both teams had to be sent into the dressing room for around 15 minutes in the final phase of the first round match in the DFB Cup.

The finalist from the previous season from Hesse won 7-0 (1-0) and progressed, but after that the main focus was on the chaos in the stands and the ugly scenes in the interior. According to TV images, pyrotechnics also flew from the home spectators’ area near their own fans in wheelchairs.

“Sad world,” said Leipzig coach Almedin Civa on pay-TV broadcaster Sky: “We’re preparing a huge party here and then there are some (…) who destroy everything.” A large police presence gathered during the break in the second half. Civa spoke of the fact that there was “a huge blockade in society” and denounced “hate, hate, hate”. “The only thing that calms me down is that I’m convinced it’s the minority,” said the regional league coach. However, the majority “shut up”.

Frankfurt coach Dino Toppmöller also criticized the actions of parts of the Leipzig fans. “It’s never nice, overall it damages the club’s image and overall it’s not nice for football,” said the 42-year-old. The game was interrupted in the 73rd minute due to firecrackers and pyrotechnics being thrown from the block of the locomotive fans. Referee Michael Bacher sent both teams into the dressing room when the score was 3-0. According to the police, the firecrackers were thrown out of the locomotive fan block.

In the small cauldron of Unterhaching, FC Augsburg made a fool of themselves and were kicked out in the first round of the DFB Cup. The first division team deservedly lost 0:2 (0:1) to the bold third division promoted team on Sunday in front of the gates of Munich. The long-distance runners from the SpVgg Unterhaching can look forward to a prize of 431,200 euros for entering the second main round. The completely renewed FC Augsburg received a first warning shot a week before their Bundesliga opener against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

A strong quarter of an hour was enough for 1. FC Union Berlin to master the task in the first round of the DFB Cup. The Champions League participant won 4-0 (3-0) on Sunday at the regional football club FC-Astoria Walldorf. Despite great dominance, it took almost half an hour before the Berliners were allowed to celebrate for the first time. Robin Knoche gave the guests the lead with a penalty kick (29th minute). Before the break, Sheraldo Becker (38′) and Diogo Leite (41′) increased. Substitute Janik Haberer (80th) set the final point.

After the botched start in the 2nd Bundesliga, SC Paderborn won the first competitive game of the new season in the DFB Cup. The East Westphalians won easily and easily 7-0 (3-0) in the first round at regional league club FC Energie Cottbus on Sunday, even without their injured newcomer Max Kruse. Coach Lukas Kwasniok’s team had previously only picked up one point in the first two games of the 2023/24 season in the 2nd division.

In front of 12,469 spectators in the stadium of friendship, the guests from Paderborn took the lead right from the start. An own goal by Dominik Pelivan in the 3rd minute and goals by Visur Musliu (10th) and Filip Bilbija (20th) gave the efficient Paderborn team a quick 3-0 lead. After the break, Bilbija (52′), Florent Muslija (64′), Christian Klaas (83′) and Mattes Hansen (85′) increased their lead again.

The game FSV Frankfurt against Hansa Rostock is currently in overtime because of a 1:1 after 90 minutes.

Fortuna Düsseldorf only mastered the first hurdle in the DFB Cup with a lot of effort. The second division soccer team trembled to a 3-1 (2-1) draw at Bavarian regional league club FC Illertissen on Sunday. Illertissen’s defender Kevin Frisorger with an own goal (3rd minute) and Vincent Vermeij (27th) gave the guests an early lead in front of 3719 spectators. Düsseldorf’s André Hoffmann (41st) made the game exciting again with the second own goal of the day. Illertissen dominated the second half, but only Fortuna striker Christos Tzolis (90.1) scored.

The Rhinelanders, who failed in the round of 16 at 1. FC Nürnberg last year, had a much harder time than expected. The cheeky hosts combined again and again worth seeing near the penalty area – but either the shot was too imprecise, Fortuna keeper Florian Kastenmeier parried or the shot smacked the crossbar, as in the example of Gökalp Kilic (84th). Illertissen finally had to accept the fourth defeat at the beginning of the fourth cup in his club’s history.

With a lot of effort, SC Freiburg won its unusual away game in the venerable Dreisam Stadium and thus reached the second round of the DFB Cup. The Bundesliga soccer team beat fifth division team SV Oberachern, which had been surprisingly strong for a long time, 2-0 (0-0) in the Baden derby on Sunday. Christian Günter (60th minute) and Roland Sallai (77th) scored for Freiburg in front of 24,500 spectators. The game was not played in Oberachern, but in the Dreisamstadion, the former home of the sports club.

Bundesliga soccer club VfL Wolfsburg didn’t show any weaknesses in the first round of the DFB Cup at Berlin’s fifth division club TuS Makkabi, the first Jewish club in the competition. Lower Saxony won 6-0 (2-0) in the Mommsen Stadium on Sunday. Lukas Nmecha (8th minute) and Jonas Wind (9th) scored for Niko Kovac’s team and nipped Makkabi’s hopes of a sensation early on. Tiago Tomás (54th, 89th), Yannick Gerhardt (57th) and Ridle Baku (79th) increased in front of 5000 spectators in the second half.

Makkabi was the first Jewish club to qualify by winning the Berlin State Cup – 85 years after its predecessor, Bar Kochba, had been banned in Germany under Nazi rule. The club’s success earned it nationwide recognition. DFB President Bernd Neuendorf followed the game in the stadium.

1. FC Kaiserslautern celebrated their first sense of achievement in the new season and effortlessly reached the 2nd round of the DFB Cup. The second division soccer team beat the upper division club FC Rot-Weiß Koblenz 5-0 (3-0) on Sunday. In front of 10,176 spectators in the sold-out Oberwerth stadium, Terrence Boyd, Julian Niehues (35th), Boris Tomiak (43rd) and Kenny Prince Redondo (66th) scored a penalty kick for the favorite in the 19th and 90th minute had started poorly with two defeats.

Coach Dirk Schuster’s team had no problems in the duel with the fifth-rate Koblenz team. FCK goalkeeper Julian Krahl only had to intervene once, when he prevented a possible equalizer with a foot defense against Terry Asare when the score was 1-0. Otherwise, the Palatinate, supported by thousands of fans, were very dominant and could have made the result even better.

Despite three playful tours, Hamburger SV has made it into the second round of the DFB Cup. The second division team and three-time cup winner won the turbulent and fast-paced traditional duel against the former cup winner Rot-Weiss Essen, who played a class lower, 4:3 (3:3, 1:1). With 19 goals, the three HSV competitive games this season were all real spectacles. Essen, who were a worthy part of this cup fight on Sunday, were eliminated in the first round for the sixth time in the last seven participations. In 2021 they had reached the quarterfinals as a fourth division team.

Bakery Jatta used two gifts from Essen to take the lead twice (37th/54th minute), Robert Glatzel scored the third (66th). But Essen kept coming back through Torben Müsel (42′), Moussa Doumbouya (56′) and Lucas Brumme (83′). Only the 4: 3 by Laszlo Benes (117th) brought victory and saved HSV a penalty thriller.

1. FC Heidenheim easily made it into the second round of the DFB Cup. The Bundesliga promoted team won clearly on Sunday in front of 3,500 spectators at Rostocker FC and earned 8-0 (5-0).

A week before the start of the Bundesliga, Heidenheim’s coach Frank Schmidt fielded his supposed top eleven in the first competitive game of the new season. And the big favorite set the course for victory within nine minutes in Rostock’s Ostseestadion. Adrian Beck with a volley (9th minute), Tim Kleindienst with a brace worth seeing (12th, 15th) and Lennard Maloney (18th) gave the guests a 4-0 lead.

After that, the state cup winner from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania lost some respect, launched one or the other counterattack and defended himself on the defensive as much as possible. Nevertheless, FCH goalkeeper Kevin Müller didn’t even have to intervene seriously at his old place of work. On the other hand, new signing Marvin Pieringer increased the lead to 5-0 for Heidenheim by the half-time break (38′).

In the second half, the Bundesliga newcomer, who was supported by around 200 supporters, continued to press the button, but lacked the final precision in the goal. In addition, Rostock’s goalkeeper Mika Schneider saved the fifth division team from falling behind with a number of saves. Nevertheless, newcomer Eren Dinkci, who shot from close range (53′), Pieringer (72’/header) and Stefan Schimmer (86′) made it 8-0 for Heidenheim.

The first round of the DFB Cup will continue on Monday with four more games – three Bundesliga teams are in action. TSG Hoffenheim is challenged by third division club VfB Lübeck. Bundesliga promoted SV Darmstadt 98 at regional division club FC 08 Homburg (both 6 p.m. / Sky) and 1. FC Köln at second division club VfL Osnabrück (8.45 p.m. / Sky) are the favorites to play. Second division 1. FC Magdeburg has to go to third division Jahn Regensburg (6 p.m. / Sky).

After that, two more games are missing to finish the first round of the cup. FC Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig do not have to play until the end of September because of their Supercup duel on Saturday. On September 26, the Munich team will travel to third division club Preußen Münster, while defending champions Leipzig will play second division club SV Wehen Wiesbaden on September 27 to qualify for the next round.