by Olaf Goldbecker
Only seven of the twelve Bundesliga clubs survived the second round of this year’s cup competition. Three had to go due to direct Bundesliga draws, but also the two newly promoted teams, FSV Gütersloh and VfL Sindelfingen, lost to teams of a lower league and cut the number of Bundesliga representatives in this financially lucrative competition.
The focus of course was on the three inner Bundesliga duels, particularly the repetition of last year’s cup final, Bayern Munich v 1.FFC Frankfurt. For the drawing procedure the teams were split into a northern and southern group of 16 teams each. The three remaining third division teams had an automatic home game and had to face a team of a higher league, apart from this there were no seeding rules. As the fate wanted it, the rematch of the 2012 final took place already in round 2 this year.
Again Bayern Munich turned out to be Frankfurt’s nightmare and ended one of this year only two title chances early. No goals were scored within the regular playing time, but in overtime Bianca Schmidt scored the lead for Frankfurt right away. Munich did not surrender, tied by Carina Wenninger in minute 113. While all scorers for the Bavarians hit the back of the net, Frankfurt’s Simone Laudehr missed the second try for her team.
Laudehr’s ex-team Duisburg had a hard fight with Bayer Leverkusen. Also here no goals were scored within regulation time but at the end of the match it went crazy. Duisburg scored the lead by Lieke Martens at the end of the first overtime half. Isabelle Linden tied the match with just one minute left on the clock, but Kozue Ando had an immediate answer before the game went into the penalty shootout. Already during the regular playing time Duisburg’s keeper Ashlyn Harris saved a penalty kick from Isabel Kerschowski.
The third inner Bundesliga game saw no overtime but many goals. Essen delivered a hard fight in Potsdam but they returned home without anything in their hands. Linda Dallmann scored the early lead for the visitors, but Genoveva Anomna turned it around with two strikes within two minutes. After the break Irini Ioannidou tied the match again, but Keelin Winters had an immediate reply. Essen continued fighting and got even once more by Carole da Silva Costa, yet as before Potsdam scored just two minutes later when Anomna completed her hattrick. Only four minutes later Winters added her second and decided the game.
The Round of the Last 16 will be played November 17, the matchups are yet to be drawn. Seven Bundesliga and nine 2. Bundesliga teams are still in the race.
Bundesliga v Bundesliga
1.FFC Turbine Potsdam v SG Essen-Schönebeck 5:3 (2:1)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FCR 2001 Duisburg 1:2 OT (0:0, 0:0)
FC Bayern München v 1.FFC Frankfurt 5:3 PS, 1:1 OT (0:0, 0:0)
Bundesliga v 2. Bundesliga
1.FC Saarbrücken v SC Bad Neuenahr 0:6 (0:3)
Herforder SV v FSV Gütersloh 3:1 (1:0)
VfL Wolfsburg v 1.FC Lübars 4:0 (2:0)
SV BW Hohen Neuendorf v FF USV Jena 0:2 (0:1)
TSG Hoffenheim v VfL Sindelfingen 6:4 OT (4:4, 2:1)
Bundesliga v Regionalliga (D3)
SV Weinberg v SC Freiburg 1:5 (1:3)
2. Bundesliga v 2. Bundesliga
Magdeburger FFC v Werder Bremen 0:3 (0:2)
BV Cloppenburg v 1.FFC Recklinghausen 6:1 (1:0)
FFC Oldesloe v 1.FC Lokomotive Leipzig 0:5 (0:4)
1.FC Köln v ETSV Würzburg 3:2 (2:1)
Holstein Kiel v SV Meppen 1:3 OT (1:1, 1:1)
Regionalliga (D3) v 2. Bundesliga
RSV Rossdorf v TSV Crailsheim 2:3 OT (2:2, 0:1)
Borussia Mönchengladbach v SC Sand 0:3 (0:1)