Tough fight at the third division: Hoffenheim avert embarrassment with great effort

Tough fight at the third division
Hoffenheim averts embarrassment with great effort

TSG Hoffenheim is the 14th Bundesliga team to move into the second round of the cup. But until the hurdle Viktoria Köln is jumped, the favorite has to fight for 120 minutes. You hand over a tour twice.

Viktoria Köln – TSG Hoffenheim 2: 3 nV (1: 1, 1: 1)

Thanks to captain Andrej Kramaric, TSG Hoffenheim prevented another opening embarrassment in the DFB Cup in detention. The team of coach Sebastian Hoeneß moved into the second round with a 3: 2 (1: 1, 1: 1) win after extra time at the third division soccer club Viktoria Köln. Last year TSG failed right at the beginning against the second division side SpVgg Greuther Fürth, and Hoffenheim was eliminated four times in the first main round.

Captain Kramaric brought the guests from Kraichgau with a penalty (28th minute) in the lead. With a dream goal, Simon Händle equalized five minutes later. In extra time, substitute Munas Dabbur (94th) put the guests in the lead again and Cologne equalized again a little later. This time by Christoph Greger (102nd), before Kramaric (107th) made the decision.

FC Ingolstadt – Erzgebirge Aue 2: 1 (1: 0)

Fatih Kaya gave FC Ingolstadt the desired sense of achievement with his joker goal against FC Erzgebirge Aue. After the false start to the season with two defeats in the 2nd Bundesliga, the Upper Bavarians won 2-1 (1-0) against their league competitors and advanced to the second round. The 21-year-old Kaya met in front of 3322 spectators shortly after his substitution (79th minute). After a hook, the striker hit with a low shot that Martin Männel couldn’t keep.

The hosts got off to a great start in the game. Filip Bilbija struck a cross pass from Dennis Eckert Ayensa in the 6th minute. Aue pushed after the break and equalized with Ben Zolinski (67th). The FCI earned the victory with commitment. The agile Eckert Ayensa missed the 2-0 with a cracking picket shot (42nd). Fabijan Buntic was a great support for Ingolstadt. The goalkeeper held great several times, for example against Omar Sijaric (30th), with a double chance from Soufiane Messeguem and Zolinski (37th) and also in stoppage time with a shot by Dimitrij Nazarov.

An invigorating offensive element among the guests was newcomer Babacar Guèye. The massive striker from Senegal came into play at the break and put Zolinski on the equalizer well worth seeing.

Sportfreunde Lotte – Karlsruher SC 1: 4 (0: 1)

Second league table leader Karlsruher SC has also cleared the first hurdle and moves into the second main round, as last two years ago. The team of coach Christian Eichner won the regional league team Sportfreunde Lotte 4-1 (1-0) and thus celebrated the third competitive win in a row this season. The Tecklenburger, who had reached the quarter-finals in the 2016/2017 season after victories over Werder Bremen, 1860 Munich and Bayer Leverkusen, missed a cup surprise this time.

The hosts, who started with seven newcomers in the first competitive game of the new season, initially kept up well. KSC only had their first chance to score after half an hour through Fabio Kaufman, who had just started, but the 28-year-old was denied by Lotte’s goalkeeper Jhonny Peitzmeier.

A counterattack briefly during the break via Kaufmann then led to the opening goal for the second division side from Fabian Schleusener, who was also new to the team (44th minute). Striker Philipp Hofmann with his fourth goal in the third competitive game (50th), Kaufmann (58th) and substitute Lucas Cueto (79th) ensured the victory. Lotte’s captain Timo Brauer scored 1: 3 (72nd).