The draw for the second round of the DFB-Pokal is set to take place this Sunday, August 26th at the German Football Museum in Dortmund following the conclusion of the Sunday Bundesliga matches. The draw for the Women’s DFB-Pokal will also take place at the same time. The matches for the second round of the competition will be played on October 30th and 31st in mid-week fixtures in between respective league matches.
Per Kicker, the remaining teams in the running for the crown will be simply divided into two separate pots; the Bundesliga and 2. Liga teams will be one pot 1 while all of the remaining 3. Liga and Regionalliga teams will be placed into pot 2. The two pots are listed as follows:
- Bayern Munich
- Bayer Leverkusen
- Borussia Monchengladbach
- Werder Bremen
- Hannover 96
- SC Freiburg
- Fortuna Dusseldorf
- Borussia Dortmund
- RB Leipzig
- Hertha Berlin
- FC Nuremburg
- FC Koln
- VfL Wolfsburg
- SC Paderborn
- Holstein Keel
- Union Berlin
- SV Darmstadt
- SV Sandhausen
- Arminia Bielefeld
- MSV Duisburg
- Hansa Rostock
- BSG Chemie Leipzig
- SSV Ulm
- SV Rodinghausen
- SV Wehen Wiesbaden
- SC Weiche Flensburg 08
As is customary in the DFB-Pokal format, all of the teams in pot 2 will get home field advantage over whomever their drawn against.
Notable results from round 1
The DFB-Pokal serves as a constant reminder that wins are no formality for the Bundesliga clubs, and in the first round of action, there were some feisty occasions that reminded us just how exciting of a competition it is.
Two Bundesliga Giants Crash and Burn
- Cup holders Eintracht Frankfurt were knocked out by SSV Ulm 1846 by virtue of a 2-1 defeat despite owning 73% of the possession in the match. Gonçalo Paciência’s 90th minute goal from Frankfurt was nothing more than a comsolation
- VfB Stuttgart blanked 2-0 by Hansa Rostock. Despite out-shooting and out-possesing Hansa, Stuttgart struggled to find the mark, recording only 2 shots on target from a total of 26. Lapses in defense led to both Hansa goals...
Bayern barely scrape past fourth tier side FC Drochtersen/Assel
Drochtersen stuck to their task incredibly well for the majority of the match, and it took a late goal from Robert Lewandowski to give Bayern the 1-0 win in what was an otherwise difficult afternoon for the Bundesliga giants.
Thomas Muller had a goal ruled out for an offside decision and Thiago struck the woodwork with a finessed effort. Other than that, Drochtersen stood their defensive ground well and even had a few chances of their own, much to the surprise of their supporters at the Kehdinger Stadium. Protests aimed at both the DFB and DFL from the Bayern fans also took center stage in the second half of the match.
Borussia Dortmund needed extra time vs. Greuther Fürth
A late, stoppage time goal from new signing Axel Witsel spared Borussia Dortmund’s blushes at Furth, as they were on the verge of crashing out of the competition before Witsel’s 95th-minute goal made it 1-1 and forced extra time. After holding Dortmund for the better part of regular time, Furth eventually started to break down as fatigued set in and a finessed finish from Marco Reus saw Dortmund escape with a 2-1 win.
Borussia Monchengladbach run riot, score 11 vs. BSC Hastedt
Spearheaded by a hat-trick from Thorgan Hazrard, Borussia Monchengladbach but on an absolute clinic, putting 11 goals past BSC Hastedt, who play their football in the fifth-tier Bremen-Liga. It only took Monchengladbach 2 minutes to find the back of the net through a Hazard penalty, and the conversion more-less opened the floodgates. Alassane Plea and Raffael also enjoyed hat-tricks of their own along with Hazard, all three of whom scored goals in both halves. Despite the gap in leagues between the two sides, scoring 11 goals is just the kind of confidence ‘Gladbach could use heading into their new Bundesliga campaign.
FC Energie Cottbus take Freiburg to penalties, lose out (5)-(3) after finishing 2-2
There was nearly another upset on the cards when 3. Liga side FC Energies Cottbus had a 1-0 advantage over SC Freiburg. Thankfully for the Bundesliga stalwarts, midfielder Mike Frantz provided a 91st minute equalizer to force extra time. During extra time, both teams scored a goal; first, Nils Petersen for Freiburg, and then Fabio Viteritti for Cottbus to force penalties. Thankfully for Freiburg, they were spared an upset and came out on top in the penalty shootout 5 to 3.