The draw for the second round of the DFB-Pokal has taken place, and Bayern Munich will next be up against SV Rödinghausen, a fourth-tier Regionalliga side. The second round of matches are scheduled to take place on October 30th and 31st in midweek fixtures on either side of league matches for Bayern. To be precise, the match will take place in between Bundesliga matches against Mainz (10/27) and SC Freiburg (11/3) for Bayern, respectively.
Per the structure of the draw, the match between Bayern and Rödinghausen will be played at lower side’s ground of choice. During the first round, Rödinghausen chose to play the match at Sportpark am Lotter Kreuz which is the normal home stadium of Sportfreunde Lotte, because it is bigger than their normal home of Häcker-Wiehenstadion,
A few notes on Rödinghausen
The Regionalliga West side, coached by Mario Ermisch, have enjoyed a bit of Cinderella story in recent years in their own right. Starting off in the ninth division as recently as the 2009-2010 season, they won promotions in five consecutive seasons, working their way up to the fourth division (Regionalliga West). During that span, Horst Finkemeir, who recently retired from his kitchen manufacturing business, had invested a fair amount of money in the club, which included a few million euros to help make additions to their home ground.
How they got here
Bayern took on another fourth-tier side in the first round in the form of FC Drochtersen/Assel from Stade, Lower Saxony. Contrary to expectations of a slightly ‘weaker’ starting eleven, Niko Kovac fielded (arguably) Bayern’s strongest starting lineup against Drochtersen, and they just barely got the job done. After the home side had really dug in and defended remarkably well for the better part of the 90 minutes, it took a late goal from Robert Lewandowski to see Bayern over the line. It was the least bit convincing performance from the reigning Bundesliga champions, but after their 3-1 over Hoffenheim to open up their Bundesliga campaign, the narrow win against the Regionalliga minnows is well behind them now.
SV Rödinghausen got to the second round by virtue of a 3-2, come from behind win over Dynamo Dresden that required extra time. A 120th minute goal from defender Maximilian Hippe gave Rödinghausen the all important win after being out-played and out-possessed for the better part of the match by Dresden. After spending large portions of the match on the defensive, all three of their goals came off of a counter attack, and then two set pieces (throw-in for the 2nd, corner for the 3rd in ET). Plenty of credit must be given to Mario Ermisch’s men, too, having come from behind on two separate occasions in the match en route to the 3-2 win.
A look at the other 2nd round matches:
(Home vs. Away)
- RB Leipzig vs. Hoffenheim
- Hannover 96 vs. VfL Wolfsburg
- FC Augsburg vs. Mainz
- SV Darmstadt vs. Hertha Berlin
- Hansa Rostock vs. FC Nurnberg
- Borussia Dortmund vs. Union Berlin
- FC Koln vs. Schalke
- Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayer Leverkusen
- Weiche Flensburg vs. Werder Bremen
- Heidenheim vs. SV Sandhausen
- Holstein Kiel vs. SC Freiburg
- SV Wehen Wiesbaden vs. Hamburg
- SSV Ulm 1846 vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf
- BSG Chemie Leipzig vs. SC Paderborn
- DSC ArminiaBielefeld vs. MSV Duisburg