Bundesliga side Bochum needed a penalty shoot-out to overcome fourth-division Preussen Muenster while Hertha Berlin had to fight hard for a 3-1 victory over another fourth-tier side in Eintracht Trier in the first round of the German Cup on Friday, dpa reported.
New Portuguese goalkeeping signing Daniel Fernandes saved Bochum's blushes with two saves in the shoot-out as Bochum edged to a 6-5 win after the game finished goalless after extra-time.
Bochum's Algerian defender Anthar Yahia converted the decided penalty to compensate for a miss by Japanese midfielder Shinjo Ono had
Marco Pantelic in the eighth minute, Fabian Lustenberger (60th) and Patrick Ebert (81) were on target for Berlin, with the home side levelling in the 26th minute through Kevin Lacroix.
Second-division St Pauli went out 5-4 on penalties to third-division Erzgebirge Aue after the two sides were goalless after extra-time.
Newly-promoted second-division side FSV Frankfurt also went through thanks to a 2-0 win over second-division rivals Osnabrueck.
Third-division Offenbach Kickers notched up a 1-0 win over second-division Greuther Fuerth.
Second-division Freiburg enjoyed a 2-0 win at third-division Unterhaching in a match interrupted for about an hour after 12 minutes following a heavy downpour.
On Thursday, first-division Cologne ran out 5-1 winners at fifth-division outfit SV Niederauerbach.
The remaining first-round matches are being played on Saturday and Sunday.