Hoffenheim felled by minnows in Cup

Fourth-tier side Berliner AK 07 produced the shock of the DFB-Pokal first round with a 4-0 home victory over Bundesliga club Hoffenheim.


Berliner played with a zip and purpose that caught their visitors, 11th in the Bundesliga last season, off guard.

Metin Cakmak opened the scoring after two minutes following a mix-up in the Hoffenheim defence, with Justin Gerlach finishing off a neat counter-attacking move to double the lead just past the half-hour mark.

Kevin Kruschke made it 3-0 before halftime, with Cakmak getting his second, and Berliner's fourth, early in the second half.

Holders Borussia Dortmund began their defence of the competition with a straightforward 3-0 win at fourth-tier side FC Oberneuland.

Dortmund took the lead after 10 minutes with a Marco Reus goal, before Jakub Blaszczykowski doubled their advantage and Ivan Perisic grabbed a third late on in the second half.

Bundesliga clubs Bayer Leverkusen (4-0 at Carl Zeiss Jena), SC Freiburg (2-1 at Viktoria Hamburg), VfB Stuttgart (5-0 at SV Falkensee-Finkenkrug) and Borussia Moenchengladbach (2-0 at Alemannia Aachen) all made it through without too many problems.

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