Lower league side Elversberg shock Leverkusen to advance in DFB Cup-Xinhua

Lower league side Elversberg shock Leverkusen to advance in DFB Cup

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2022-07-31 11:06:00

BERLIN, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Third division outfit Elversberg booked their berth in the DFB Cup second round after flabbergasting top-flight club Bayer Leverkusen 4-3 in the first round on Saturday.

The underdog caught a fairy-tale start on home soil as Jannik Rochelt finished off a counterattack with a low shot from 15 meters with only three minutes played.

Leverkusen responded well and restored parity two minutes later when new arrival Adam Hlozek stunned Elversberg goalkeeper Nicolas Kristof with an 18-meter hammer.

The hosts continued to be courageous and took the lead again in the 17th minute after Jean Koffi converted a penalty.

The "Werkself" gained the upper hand and pressed the lower league side onto the back foot but Patrik Schick couldn't beat Kirstof twice from a promising position.

Leverkusen's efforts eventually paid off at the half-hour mark as Charles Aranguiz made it two all following Sardar Azmoun's fine build-up work.

Two minutes later, Azmoun had the golden chance to turn the tides, but the striker rattled on the inside of the post with all time and space from close range.

The visitors got punished for their poor chance conversion five minutes later when Koffi's cross into the area allowed Luca Schnellbacher to make it 3-2.

Things went from bad to worse for the Bundesliga outfit as Kevin Conrad doubled the advantage for Elversberg through a 74th-minute header.

Leverkusen pressed frenetically for a goal but Patrik Schick's goal in the 89th minute came too late.

Elsewhere, Cologne was also eliminated by a lower league outfit as Jahn Regensburg progressed into the next round after winning the penalty shootout 4-3.

Wolfsburg advanced after beating stubborn fifth-division side Carl Zeiss Jena through a last-gasp goal from Omar Marmoush.

On Friday, Borussia Dortmund eased past third-division club 1860 Munich 3-0, while Stuttgart edged Dynamo Dresden 1-0.