The first round of the DFB Cup also experienced its first surprise. On a high-scoring cup evening, the capitals embarrassed each other at Eintracht and eliminated them.
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The false start to the new football season is perfect for Hertha BSC. After a preparation full of personnel problems and bankruptcies of test matches, the ambitious team of the Berlin Bundesliga also flew spectacularly 4: 5 (2: 3) with the second division promoted Eintracht Braunschweig of the DFB Cup on Friday evening. 500 spectators were admitted to the Eintracht Stadium in accordance with the Lower Saxony Corona ordinance – but given the dramaturgy of this match, they sometimes made a noise like several thousand.
“A nightmare game,” said Hertha’s new goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow in an interview with Sky. “Everything went wrong, that can also go wrong. That was terrible, a disaster for us. Braunschweig hit ice cold today and was very lucky.”
Ex-Unioners scored four goals in Braunschweig
Four of the five goals in Braunschweig were scored by former players of Berlin’s Hertha rival 1. FC Union. There was also an own goal from Maximilian Mittelstädt. Attacking midfielder Martin Kobylanski, who scored 18 goals in the third division just two months ago to return to the second division, met three times. This time, he converted a 25-meter free kick after 63 seconds. His goals two and three then came at the worst possible moment from Hertha’s perspective.
At 3: 2 just before half time (44th), Kobylanski hit a margin after a penalty he missed. At that moment, Hertha had just caught up 2-0, as Dodi Lukebakio (23rd) and Matheus Cunha (29th) reacted to Mittelstädt’s accident (17th) in barely twelve minutes.
“We have shown morality”
In the second half, Kobylanski hit back even faster: first Peter Pekarik (65th) managed to level again. But barely two minutes later it was again 4: 3 (67th) of the man who could not win at the Unionern in the 2014/15 season. “We showed our morale, always after the equalizer or when Hertha scored a goal, we improved,” said Kobylanski.
On loan from Suleiman Abdullahi, another ex-iron man even made it 5: 3 (73rd), but this spectacle was not yet decided. Again Lukebakio brought Hertha forward (83rd). What was finally confirmed on this cup evening, was what could previously be seen in the friendly matches against Ajax Amsterdam (0: 1), PSV Eindhoven (0: 4) and Hamburger SV (0: 2): This Berlin team is despite the Millions expenditure have long been assembled and imported by your investor Lars Windhorst.
Regular defenders Dedryck Boyata (injured) and Jordan Torunarigha (suspended) were absent on Friday, as were striker Krzysztof Piatek. He was on the road with the Polish national team until the beginning of this week and was quarantined after his return. Long-time supporters like Vedad Ibisevic, Salomon Kalou or Per Skjelbred are no longer there, but the necessary reinforcements in attack and midfield are not there yet. For the first Bundesliga match at Werder Bremen, those are many problems for coach Bruno Labbadia.
Mainz 05 struggled with regional league teams
FSV Mainz 05 struggled to make it to the second round of the DFB Cup. In the 5: 1 (0: 1) against the fourth division TSV Havelse, the Bundesliga club only turned a shame away for 1000 spectators on Friday evening in the final phase. Noah Plume gave Lower Saxony, who had exchanged their house rights, the lead in the 17th minute. Jean-Philippe Mateta with a three-pack in the 57th, 79th and 90th minutes, as well as Adam Szalai (77th) and substitute Robin Quaison (86th) turned the game around for the unconvincing favorite.