Borussia Dortmund Dumped From DFB Pokal By Drittliga Dudes


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Poland international striker ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI of Borussia Dortmund, the off-season purchase costing 5.0 million Euros from Lech Poznan, fends off the tackle of 35-year old veteran Bosnian midfielder SEAD MEHIC (8) of third division side Kickers Offenbach in the 2nd round of the DFP Pokal at the Stadion Bieberer am Berg in central Germany. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
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DFB Pokal
2nd round
October 27, 2010

0 – Kickers Offenbach
0 – Borussia Dortmund

(After thirty minutes of extra time, Kickers Offenbach win 4-2 on penatly kicks)

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Over the weekend, BORUSSIA DORTMUND fell out of first place in the 1.Bundesliga when die Schwarzgelben could only tie TSG Hoffenheim 1-1 at home and FSV Mainz won 1-0 on the road at Bayer Leverkusen.

Now, coach JUERGEN KLOPP’s side has crashed out of the Deutsche Fussball Bund Pokal on penalties in the second round after being held to a 0-0 draw after extra time by third division club KICKERS OFFENBACH.

While it is a fact that Hessian team Kickers Offenbach are the current leaders of the Drittliga, it is also true that an outfit such as Borussia Dortmund with their array of international players can be expected to dispatch a club that has been competing in the German third division for a third consecutive season now.

“We wanted to keep zero as long as we possibly can,” stated Kickers Offenbach coach WOLFGANG WOLF, who appeared in 308 Bundesliga games and scored 16 goals as a defender for 1.FC Kaiserslautern and Stuttgart Kickers from 1978 thru 1992, after the match.

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Poland international defender LUKASZ PISZCZEK of Borussia Dortmund plays the ball ahead of Kickers Offenbach’s Canada international striker OLIVIER OCCEAN (15), the former Division II All-American from Southern Connecticut State University who arrived in Germany to start this season from Norwegian club SK Lillestrom, at the Stadion Bieberer am Berg. (Torsten Silz/DAPD)
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Kickers Offenbach might have taken the lead after just five minutes had Borrusia Dortmund goalkeeper ROMAN WEIDENFELLER, who has been in good form all season for die Schwarzgelben, not stopped the shot of midfielder ELTON DA SILVA, the 30-year-old Brazilian who has spent his entire career in the lower German leagues.

Weidenfeller was also needed in the 25th minute to use his fingertips to turn the shot of Kickers Offenbach defender NILS TEIXEIRA, the 20-year-old who has represented Germany internationally several times at youth levels, against the crossbar.

The real star of the game, however, was Kickers Offenbach goalkeeper ROBERT WULNIKOWSKI, the 33-year-old who has spent his entire professional career in Germany but has never reached the Bundesliga.

The Polish-born veteran, who has 56 games in the 2.Bundesliga for 1.FC Union Berlin and Rot-Weiss Essen on his resume and has been with Kickers Offenbach since the summer of 2008, made two big stops in the opening twenty minutes of the match to deny Japan international midfielder SHINJI KAGAWA as well as Poland international striker ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI of Borussia Dortmund to provide the third division side some genuine hope.

In the shootout, Wulkinowski certainly stood out for the home side. Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Weidenfeller started the visitors off right by saving the first shot from Kickers Offenbach 22-year-old midfielder STEFFEN HAAS. But, the Kickers Offenbach goalkeeper stopped Paraguay World Cup striker LUCA BARRIOS and then the Pole Lewandowski to manifest the Hessian club a major upset in the German Cup.

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Paraguay World Cup striker LUCAS BARRIOS (left) of Borussia Dortmund, the third-leading scorer in the German top flight last season with 19 goals after his transfer costing 4.2 million Euros from popular Chilean club Colo Colo, wipes his nose after having his penalty kick saved by Kickers Offenbach goalkeeper ROBERT WULNIKOWSKI at the Stadion Bieberer am Berg. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
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KICKERS OFFENBACH : Wulnikowski – Lamprecht, Kopilica, Husterer, Teixeira – Haas, Mehic – Hesse, Feldhahn, Elton (Telch 74′) – Occean (Rathgeber 84′)

BORUSSIA DORTMUND : Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer – da Silva (Le Tallec 81′), Sahin – Goetze (Feulner 90+1′), Kagawa (Grosskreutz 67′), Lewandowski – Barrios

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Kickers Offenbach’s Polish-born goalkeeper ROBERT WULNIKOWSKI stops the final Borussia Dortmund penalty kick from the not-pictured Poland international striker ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI in the shootout of the second round DFP Pokal match at the Stadion Bieberer am Berg. (Michael Probst/AP)
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(Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
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(Michael Probst/AP)
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Kickers Offenbach’s 35-year-old Bosnian midfielder SEAD MEHIC, who has spent his entire professional career in Germany but has managed no more than three seasons in the 2.Bundesliga, celebrates his game-winning penalty kick against Borussia Dortmund in the shootout of the DFB Pokal at the Stadion Bieberer am Berg. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
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Bosnia midfielder SEAD MEHIC, the 35-year-old match winner who was signed from 2.Bundesliga side FSV Frankfurt this summer, jumps into the arms of influential goalkeeper ROBERT WULNIKOWSKI, who stopped two shots in the penalty shootout, after third division side Kickers Offenbach upended Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in the second round of the DFB Pokal at the Stadion Bieberer am Berg in the central German state of Hesse. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

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