Defending champions Borussia Dortmund progressed to the third round of the DFB Pokal with a 4-1 win at second-division VfR Aalen on Tuesday.
Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer scored in the first half, with Mario Goetze and substitute Julian Schieber adding two more in the second. Michael Klauss scored Aalen’s late consolation from a free-kick.
“I was expecting a really tough game and that we would have problems if we didn’t give it our full attention,” Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said.
Aalen coach Ralf Hasenhuettl said there was no shame in losing to a side who beat Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League last week.
“If Real Madrid can lose 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund, we’re allowed to lose 4-1,” Hasenhuettl said.
Ibrahim Afellay, Ciprian Marica and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored in Schalke 04’s 3-0 win at home over SV Sandhausen, another second-division side.
“We wanted to reach the third round, we’ve done that,” Schalke coach Huub Stevens said. “We’re through, so we’re happy.”
Bundesliga first division sides SC Freiburg and FSV Mainz 05 beat second-tier teams Eintracht Braunschweig and Erzgebirge Aue respectively 2-0.
Augsburg won 1-0 at third-tier SC Preussen 06 Muenster, who knocked out Werder Bremen in the first round.
Fourth-tier side VfR Wormatia 08 Worms, who eliminated Hertha BSC Berlin, came agonizingly close to another upset, but eventually lost 4-3 to second-division Cologne on penalties after a scoreless 120 minutes.
“When you score four goals away from home, you really should win the game,” Cologne coach Holger Stanislawski joked.
Second-tier TSV 1860 Munich won 3-0 at fourth-tier Berlin AK 07, a multicultural German-Turkish club who caused a sensation by beating TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 4-0 in the first round.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was due to attend the game, but he had to cancel due to other commitments.
Fourth-tier TSV Havelse lost 3-1 to visiting VfL Bochum, a second-division side.