Werder Bremen exit German cup to third-division Lotte

Berlin, Aug. 22,
(GNA/dpa) – Werder Bremen had a player sent off as they crashed out of the
German Cup in a first-round 2-1 defeat at third-division Sportfreunde Lotte on
Sunday.

Bayer Leverkusen
struggled to beat fifth-tier Hauenstein 2-1, while fellow Bundesliga sides
Mainz, Eintracht Frankfurt, Hertha Berlin and Ingolstadt survived penalty
shoot-outs against lower-division teams.

Elsewhere there were
comfortable wins for top-flight teams Hoffenheim and Darmstadt against amateur
opponents.

Andrej Kramaric
scored a hat-trick as Hoffenheim enjoyed a 6-0 run-out at fourth-tier
Egestorf/Langreder, while Darmstadt cruised to a 7-0 win at fifth-tier Bremer
SV with Antonio-Mirko Colak helping himself to three goals.

Werder’s Fin Bartels
was shown a red card eight minutes from time as the six-time cup winners went
out to Lotte in another first-round debacle for the northern German club.

Matthias Rahn gave
Lotte an eighth-minute lead, and Andre Dej put the home side ahead nine minutes
after the break following a headed equalizer from Werder’s Zlatko Junuzovic.

Bremen have made a
habit of struggling against lower division sides in the first round in recent
seasons.

They went out in the
first round to third-division opponents three years in a row between 2011 and
2013. The following season they scraped though against fourth-tier opponents
and last year beat then-third-division Kickers Wuerzburg in extra-time before
reaching the semi-finals.

Coach Viktor
Skripnik said: “That was a deserved win for Lotte. We imagined things
would be completely different and are really disappointed.

“Last season we
surprisingly reached the semi-finals; this year we have surprisingly gone out
in the first round. That’s football.”

Bremen join RB
Leipzig as Bundesliga first-round casualties after the newly-promoted
top-flight side went out on penalties Saturday to Dynamo Dresden.

Leverkusen scraped
through at Hauenstein, with goals from Javier Hernandez in the 39th minute and
Karim Bellarabi in the 68th before the minnows hit back with an Andelo Srzentic
header nine minutes from time.

Mainz conceded two
late goals in a 3-3 draw after 90 minutes at fourth-tier Unterhaching and after
a goalless extra period the Bundesliga club won the penalty shoot-out 4-2.

Third-division
Magdeburg and Frankfurt finished 1-1 after full-time and extra-time in a game
interrupted by crowd trouble in the second half. Frankfurt then got the better
of the shoot-out, with Guillermo Varela, on loan from Manchester United,
scoring the decisive spot-kick in a 4-3 win on the penalties.

A Mitchell Weiser
header seven minutes before the end took Hertha Berlin 1-1 into extra-time at
third-division leaders Jahn Regensburg, and after no further goals Hertha won
the penalty shoot-out 5-3.

Ingolstadt were
goalless after extra-time at second-division Erzgebirge Aue before winning 8-7
on penalties.

Elswehere, second
division Greuther Fuerth ran out 4-1 winners at fourth-tier Eintracht
Norderstedt, second-division Union Berlin won 2-1 after extra-time at
third-division Duisburg, fourth-tier Astoria Walldorf upset second-division
Bochum 4-3 after extra-time, and second-division Heidenheim won 2-1 at
fourth-tier Wattenscheid.

The first round
concludes Monday with four more games including Borussia Dortmund at
fourth-tier side Eintracht Trier.

GNA

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