German Cup: Trier send Hannover crashing out
Hannover were sent crashing out of the DFB-Pokal in the first round today by fourth division side Eintracht Trier, becoming only the second Bundesliga side to fall at the first hurdle after Mainz on Friday.
Trier became the round's biggest giantkillers thanks to a 3-1 win despite going behind just before half-time when Jan Rosenthal netted for Hannover.
Martin Wagner and Josef Cinar turned the game around before Sahr Senesie sealed the win in stoppage time.
Cup holders Werder Bremen had no such problems in seeing off second division side Union Berlin 5-0 with both Boubacar Sanogo and new summer signing Marcelo Moreno grabbing a brace. Naldo scored the other goal for Thomas Schaaf's men.
Bayern Munich joined them in the second round, but they were made to earn their money against the lowest-ranked side in the competition - sixth-division outfit SpVgg Neckarelz.
Two goals from Mario Gomez put Louis van Gaal's side in command, but they were made to sweat when Heiko Throm pulled a goal back for the amateurs with 10 minutes remaining.
Hamit Altintop settled their nerves two minutes later, however.
Bayern start their Bundesliga campaign at Hoffenheim next Saturday and they too had a difficult day seeing off lower league opposition with Chinedu Obasi and new arrival Maicosuel on target in a 2-0 win over Oberneuland.
Bochum only just avoided embarrassment with a 1-0 win over Sportfreunde Lotte thanks to a Diego Klimowicz goal.
Three late goals made Eintracht Frankfurt's 3-0 win over local rivals Kickers Offenbach look a lot easier than it actually was.
Pirmin Schwegler, Caio and Alexander Meier all scored within the last 20 minutes of Michael Skibbe's first match in charge.
Second division sides Koblenz, Oberhausen and Alemannia Aachen all made comfortable progress to the second round, where they were joined by fellow second division clubs St Pauli and Greuther Furth, both of whom needed extra-time to qualify.
Duisburg were also fortunate not to concede a last-minute equaliser in their match against Rot-Weiss Erfurt, which they won 2-1.
The first round concludes tomorrow night when Fortuna Dusseldorf entertain Hamburg with the draw for the second round taking place next Saturday evening.