KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Reuters) – Bundesliga club Freiburg came from a goal down to beat second division Kaiserslautern 2-1 in extra time on Sunday and advance to the German Cup second round.
Ritsu Doan scored the winner in the 111th minute, curling a free kick past the wall and Kaiserslautern keeper Andreas Luthe to avoid a first round slip-up for Freiburg, who narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot last season with a sixth-place finish.
Marlon Ritter’s sensational shot from 50 metres out had caught Freiburg keeper Mark Flekken out of his goal and put the hosts in front in the 33rd minute.
Freiburg upped the pressure after the break but needed an 82nd-minute equaliser from substitute Roland Sallai, who combined with fellow substitute Nils Petersen to take the game into extra time.
Fellow Bundesliga club Hoffenheim were also forced into extra time by fourth division club Roedinghausen but scored twice in three minutes to avoid a penalty shootout.
Promoted Schalke 04 had an easier afternoon with a 5-0 victory over fourth-tier club Bremer SV while Borussia Moenchengladbach fired nine goals past fifth-tier Oberachern in a 9-1 victory.
(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Toby Davis)