Top clubs knocked out of German cup
23 September 2004 , HAMBURG - Defending champions Werder Bremen Wednesday advanced into the third round of the German Cup on a night in which upsets continued. Hertha Berlin were knocked out by a third division club, while UEFA Cup participants Alemania Aachen were beaten by the reserve side of Bayern Munich. Bremen, who last season won the first league and cup double in their history, beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2. French international Johan Micoud opened the scoring in the fifth minute, but Leverkusen equa
23 September 2004
HAMBURG - Defending champions Werder Bremen Wednesday advanced into the third round of the German Cup on a night in which upsets continued.
Hertha Berlin were knocked out by a third division club, while UEFA Cup participants Alemania Aachen were beaten by the reserve side of Bayern Munich.
Bremen, who last season won the first league and cup double in their history, beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2.
French international Johan Micoud opened the scoring in the fifth minute, but Leverkusen equalised through Marko Babic shortly afterwards. Paraguayan striker Nelson Valdez put the home side 3-1 up with two quick goals in the second half, before Dimitar Berbatov pulled one back for Leverkusen.
Werder coach Thomas Schaaf said that he was happy with his side's performance. "Even though we are involved in the Champions League and the Bundesliga, the cup is very important. Anybody who saw the celebrations here last season after we won, will know that."
Hertha, who are still waiting for their first league win this season, were stunned 3-2 by third division Eintracht Braunschweig, for whom Daniel Graf (60) and Marco Grimm (75) scored the goals. Alexander Madlung added the third for the home side with an own goal in the 79th minute.
The Berlin goals were scored by Brazilian striker Marcelinho and Andreas Neuendorf.
Goalkeeper Frank Rost was Schalke's hero as he saved two penalties to see his side advance 4-3 on penalties to the next round against Kaiserslautern in an all-first division clash. The score after extra time was 4-4.
In a dramatic game, Danish striker Ebbe Sand thought he had given Schalke the victory when he put the visitors 3-2 up in the last minute, but Ingo Hertzsch equalised in injury time to send the game into extra time.
Selim Teber put Kaiserslautern ahead in the first half of extra time with his second goal, but Mladen Kristajic equalised four minutes from time.
Bayern Munich's reserve side, who campaign in the third division, continued their giant-killing act by beating last season's losing finalists Alemania Aachen 2-1 in Munich.
Bayern, who knocked out Borussia Moenchengladbach in the first round, were strengthened by French World Cup winner Willy Sagnol and goalkeeper Michael Rensing, who on Tuesday had still played for the first side, who beat Osnabrueck 3-2 in a cup tie.
The home side opened the scoring in the 14th minute through Peruvian striker Jose Guerrero.
Aachen, who looked certain to advance to the group stages of the UEFA Cup after winning their first round match away 5-1, equalised in the 73rd minute through Jens Scharping, but Guerrero ended their cup campaign with his second six minutes from the end.
Bundesliga club Hanover 96, narrowly missed becoming another first division casualty as they won 5-4 on penalties at Energie Cottbus after the game had ended 2-2 after extra time, while Hansa Rostock also needed a penalty shoot-out to beat second division club Cologne 4-2 after the sides were level at 3-3 after full time.
Dortmund won 3-1 against SpVgg Unterhaching.
Brazilian striker Cacau and Belarus international Aliaksandr Hleb scored the goals for VfB Stuttgart in their 2-0 victory at Rot Weiss Oberhausen, while Andree Wiedener, Christian Lenze, Alexander Meier and Du-Ri Cha scored for Eintracht Frankfurt in their 4-2 extra time victory against Greuther Fuerth in an all-second division clash.
On Tuesday, SC Freiburg beat VfL Bochum 3-2, while second division club LR Ahlen stunned Bundesliga opponent Nuremberg 3-2. Bayern Munich won 3-2 at Osnabrueck, while the Cologne amateurs lost 4-2 against Arminia Bielefeld.
Also on Tuesday Eintracht Trier beat 1860 Munich 4-2 on penalties, third division SC Paderborn upset MSV Duisburg 2-1, while Bundesliga club Mainz 05 lost 3-0 on penalties at SC Karlsruhe.
Subject: German news