Hoffenheim trembles, Freiburg struggles, Leverkusen sovereign

Berlin (dpa) – Thousands of euphoric fans in Rostock and Chemnitz gave their all, the favorites wobbled alarmingly – but the cup trend in Corona times continued on Sunday. The professional clubs from the Bundesliga were unbeatable.

TSG Hoffenheim won the league debut of the new coach Sebastian Hoeneß in front of 3,095 spectators at the regional division Chemnitzer FC with great difficulty 3: 2 (2: 2, 1: 1, 0: 0) after penalty kicks. Newcomers VfB Stuttgart won only 1-0 (1-0) in front of 7500 fans at third division team Hansa Rostock. The SC Freiburg struggled in the evening before a much smaller crowd of 452 fans to a 2: 1 (1: 0) at SV Waldhof Mannheim.

Bayer Leverkusen, on the other hand, had no problems at all against regional competition club Eintracht Norderstedt with 7-0 (6-0). Like many amateur club games, the game was moved to the first division stadium due to Corona requirements. That made it even more difficult for the small clubs. On Saturday all Bundesliga teams ruled, on Friday Hertha BSC was eliminated from second division team Eintracht Braunschweig – more of a surprise than a sensation.

The 2-0 victory of SSV Ulm’s regional division against second division team Erzgebirge Aue on Saturday was also astonishing. On Sunday, fourth division SV Elversberg also submitted second division FC St. Pauli 4: 2 (2: 1). Second division relegated SV Wehen Wiesbaden threw 1: 0 (0: 0) out of the competition against the fast moving 1. FC Heidenheim of the Bundesliga.

In Kiel, Pauli’s competition rival Holstein Kiel won against first division 1. FC Rielasingen-Arlen 7-1 (5-1). Regional division SC Wiedenbrück lost to second division SC Paderborn in Gütersloh with 0: 5 (0: 3). TSV Steinbach, also active in the 4th division, lost to SV Sandhausen’s 2nd division by 1: 2 (1: 2). Third division 1. FC Kaiserslautern lost to second division Jahn Regensburg 3: 4 (1: 1, 1: 1, 0: 1) on penalties.

The fans, especially in Rostock and Chemnitz – in the other stadiums were allowed a maximum of a few hundred – gave goosebumps after a month-long Corona break. Rostock’s sports director Martin Pieckenhagen described the match as a “huge opportunity” for football before kick-off. “It is a very, very big challenge with what we have to pay attention to. We hope that one day we will have the Ostseestadion full again. That is the first step”, said the former prof.

On Saturday, the amateurs usually only had short-lived feelings of happiness. The regional league team FSV Union Fürstenwalde led in the early stages at VfL Wolfsburg – but clearly lost 1: 4. “We really would have liked to have played at home. Those are the games in which the spectators bring in the emotions”, said coach Matthias Maucksch. Fourth division VSG Altglienicke was not as bad as the 6-0 result to 1. FC Köln suggested. “We didn’t think we were going to get six things, to be fair,” said offensive player Linus Meyer.

Oberligist SV Todesfelde played in their own stadium on Saturday for 40,000 euros. But even with home advantage, TSV lost 1-0 to second division VfL Osnabrück. But: “Ultimately pride prevails. We just wanted to thank our many volunteers with a great game. I think it worked out,” said Captain Luca Sixtus.

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