Hertha BSC has everything under control in Braunschweig. The Bundesliga team leads by two goals. But then the second division team rears up and surpasses itself. The overtime sees luck back and forth. At that point, it is finally on the side of the North Germans.
FC Erzgebirge Aue - FSV Mainz 05 0:3 (0:1)
FSV Mainz 05 also won the fourth DFB Cup duel against FC Erzgebirge Aue. In front of 8446 spectators, Dominik Kohr (41st) deservedly scored the Mainz lead for the break. Substitute Dwayne Burgzorg scored the crucial second goal after 70 minutes, before Marcus Ingvartsen made it 3-0 with a hand penalty (79th).
The nervousness of the hosts was noticeable at the beginning. Mainz forced Auer to make mistakes in the game structure with high pressing, but made far too little of the opportunities that arose. But then flattened part. Aue kept the favorite well away from his own penalty area and played well without becoming a threat himself. The FSV leadership fell surprisingly and was happy because Aue's defender Alexander Sorge unintentionally deflected the ball, which landed at Kohr - and he was able to choose the corner. In the second round, Mainz continued to mishandle their chances.
Eintracht Braunschweig - Hertha BSC 6: 5 on penalties (0:2, 2:2, 4:4)
Hertha BSC got off to a bad start under its new coach Sandro Schwarz. Despite a 2-0 lead at the break, the Berliners lost 6-5 on penalties at second division promoted Eintracht Braunschweig. After 120 spectacular minutes it was 4:4. This means that unrest is programmed six days before the local derby at Union Berlin.
Bryan Henning converted the decisive penalty for Eintracht. With a headed goal by Davie Selke (9th), the guests, who had only saved themselves from Bundesliga relegation in the relegation, had set the course for victory early on. Myziane Maolida (42nd) stabilized this lead with a sweeping goal. But Brian Behrendt (63', penalty kick) and Lion Lauberbach (66') managed to tie before Pherai successfully completed (91'), Hertha fought back thanks to Lucas Tousart (103'). Dodi Lukebakio (106th) seemed to redeem the Berliners, but Henning (118th) fought back.
Thanks to his team's initially more mature playing system, the new Hertha coach Schwarz spent almost an hour in front of 14,126 spectators in a relatively quiet evening. The few attacks by Lower Saxony were stopped by Dedryck Boyata almost single-handedly, and on the Hertha offensive Maolida and Dodi Lukebakio time and time again were too quick for the North Germans' back line.
After the change of sides, Braunschweig rebelled against the threat of elimination and got into the game better. In this phase, Pherai was still unlucky, he hit the post of the Berlin goal from a tight angle in the 53rd minute. But after almost an hour of play, the encounter was completely open again. The equalizer within three minutes inspired Braunschweig.
Waldhof Mannheim - Holstein Kiel 5: 3 on penalties (0:0, 0:0)
Third division soccer team Waldhof Mannheim threw the favored second division team Holstein Kiel out of the competition in a cup thriller. In front of 12,000 spectators in the Carl Benz Stadium, the hosts won 5:3 on penalties and reached the second round for the second time in a row. It was 0-0 after 120 minutes.
Mannheim's Fridolin Wagner converted the last penalty. Marvin Schulz from Kiel had previously put his shot over the goal. Kiel, still a semi-finalist in the 2020/21 season, failed in round one for the first time since 2015.
In a lively first half with chances on both sides, Mannheim gave the "Storchen", who were still unbeaten in the league, a duel at eye level right from the start. Only after the break did the encounter level off and lived more and more on the tension.