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DFB Cup: Gladbach fails at Darmstadt

Borussia Mönchengladbach said goodbye to the thrilling second division leaders Darmstadt 98 early in the DFB Cup. Coach Daniel Farke’s team disappointed in the 1:2 (0:1) against rebellious Lilien over long stretches and missed the entry into the round of 16 after an uninspired performance. VfL Wolfsburg and VfL Bochum barely reached the next round.

In a long open game, Wolfsburg prevailed 2-1 (1-1) against second division promoted Eintracht Braunschweig. Bochum won 1-0 (0-0) at third division club SV Elversberg thanks to Anthony Losilla’s (85th) late goal.

In Darmstadt, Phillip Tietz (23rd) and Aaron Seydel (79th) shocked the favorite Bundesliga team in the atmospheric stadium at the Böllenfalltor – and ensured the underdog’s victory again after 2013. Luca Netz (48th) only managed to equalize in the meantime. Nine years ago, the Foals failed in a penalty shoot-out in the first round at the then third division team Darmstadt.

“You also need a bit of luck on such evenings,” said Lieberknecht ARD-Interview. “But we had the better chances to score, we were very brave and took risks.” That was worth it.

“A duel at Bundesliga level” Farke had expected before the game. In addition, the Gladbach coach only changed the eleven of the three-time cup winners to two positions compared to the league game in Wolfsburg (2: 2), net and starting eleven debutant Nathan Ngoumou moved into the team.

Gladbach: Yann Sommer and Jonas Hofmann out injured

The game in front of 15,850 fans started with a moment of shock for Borussia. Goalkeeper Yann Sommer twisted his ankle early on when intercepting a cross. He was initially able to continue playing, but then had to be replaced by Tobias Sippel after just twelve minutes. In the half-time break, national player Jonas Hofmann also had to leave early, the winger had fallen on his left shoulder in a duel.

Otherwise, not much went together in the Bundesliga sixth. Sluggish, unimaginative, vulnerable – this is how Farkes Elf presented itself, who for a long time found no remedy against the passionate performance of the Darmstadt team. Tietz punished Gladbach when he only had to push in after careful preliminary work by Marvin Mehlem.

The Lilies continued to throw everything into the balance, Matthias Bader hit the crossbar from a distance (33rd). The cracker was like a wake-up call for the guests from the Lower Rhine, who became dangerous for the first time just before the break. Marcus Thuram (37th) and Ngoumou (40th) failed.

VfL followed on from that in the second half, and Netz equalized with a tight finish. The team coached by Torsten Lieberknecht, who conquered the top of the second division at the weekend, remained vehement and reported back immediately with Braydon Manu’s (50th) post header.

As a result, an open exchange of blows developed in some cases. In the heated atmosphere, however, Borussia often didn’t get the decisive pass, while the Darmstadt team, who continued to fight bravely, lost their strength.

VfL Wolfsburg wins neighborhood duel in Braunschweig

In front of 22,000 spectators in the sold-out Eintracht Stadium, VfL quickly took control of the pitch after a wild initial phase. Goal scorer Mattias Svanberg (8th) in particular could hardly be stopped by the hosts and almost scored for the second time in the 20th minute. Maurice Multhaup (40′) then made it 1-1 out of nowhere, but Braunschweig went into the half-time break with confidence.

After the change of sides, the eleventh team from the second division, who knocked out the first division side Hertha BSC in the first round, initially took the tailwind from the final phase of the first half with them. Braunschweig was now better in the duels, which Kovac acknowledged several times with an angry shake of the head.

The match remained exciting because neither team speculated on extra time, but wanted to force the decision in regular time. In the 62nd minute, the home side were only a few centimeters short when a shot from substitute Luc Ihorst grazed the outside of the post.

On the other hand, Nmecha improved and was instrumental in the second Wolfsburg goal by Jakub Kaminski (65th). But Braunschweig didn’t give up and didn’t let the guests catch their breath.

“It wasn’t a nice game, but it was a game with a lot of emotions. The main thing is to keep going, that’s what counts. The goal we conceded was very unfortunate, but we came back in the second half,” said Ridle Baku.

DFB Cup: Results of the Tuesday games of the 2nd round

home Guest result
VfB Luebeck FSV Mainz 05 0:3 (0:2)
Waldhof Mannheim 1. FC Nuremberg 0:1 (0:0)
RB Leipzig Hamburger SV 4-0 (2-0)
Stuttgart kickers Eintracht Frankfurt 0:2 (0:2)
Eintracht Braunschweig VfL Wolfsburg 1:2 (1:1)
SV Darmstadt 98 Borussia M’gladbach 2:1 (1:0)
SV Elversberg VfL Bochum 0:1 (0:0)
TSG Hoffenheim FC Schalke 04 5:1 (3:0)


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