Mainz and Augsburg suffer shock defeats
TOUGH BATTLE: Mainz's Jerry St Juste fights for the ball with Kaiserslautern's Timmy Thiele. - Reuters
Berlin - Midfielder Florian Pick sealed a sensational win for third-tier Kaiserslautern with a 90th minute strike
Mainz were one of two Bundesliga sides to be dumped out of the German Cup in Saturday's first round after falling to a 2-0 derby defeat at Kaiserslautern.
Midfielder Florian Pick sealed a sensational win for third-tier Kaiserslautern with a 90th minute strike after Manfred Starke's penalty had given them the lead on 63 minutes.
"We lost our heads after we went behind," said Mainz midfielder Daniel Brosinski.
Four-time German champions Kaiserslautern were not the only giant-killers on Saturday however, with fourth-tier side SC Verl humbling Bundesliga outfit Augsburg with a deserved 2-1 win.
Augsburg's defence looked helpless in the first half as an own-goal from Marek Suchy and a well-worked goal from Ron Schallenberg gave Verl a shock 2-0 lead.
Andre Hahn's 83rd minute penalty proved to be little more than a consolation effort.
"Verl deserved to win and we have a lot of work to do before we play Dortmund next weekend," said Augsburg coach Martin Schmidt.
Elsewhere, Fortuna Duesseldorf came from behind to survive a scare against fifth-tier side Villingen.
Rouwen Hennings and 18-year-old Ghanaian Kevin Ofori sealed the win in extra-time for Duesseldorf after Nana Ampomah had cancelled out Steven Ukoh's first-half penalty.
Hoffenheim also had a narrow escape after twice throwing away the lead against third-division club Wuerzburger Kickers.
Goals from Ihlas Bebou and Pawel Kaderabek left Hoffenheim with one foot in the second round before two goals in seven minutes from Fabio Kaufmann and Albion Vrenezi brought Wuerzburg level.
Adam Szalai restored Hoffenheim's lead in extra-time, only for Luca Pfeiffer to make it 3-3 with a late header.
The underdogs finally succumbed in the penalty shootout, Oliver Baumann saving twice to send Hoffenheim into the second round.