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Leverkusen upset in German Cup

Associated Press Associated Press 25/10/2016

Socceroo Robbie Kruse's Bayer Leverkusen were knocked out of the German Cup 4-3 on penalties by third-tier Sportfreunde Lotte and coach Roger Schmidt was helpless to intervene - he was on a bus.

Schmidt was watching TV coverage of the second-round match on a tablet from the team bus as Lotte goalkeeper Benedikt Fernandez saved Julian Baumgartlinger's spot kick and then Luka Tankulic fired the home side, which had played 40 minutes with 10 men, into the third round.

The 49-year-old Leverkusen coach was serving the first of his two-game ban for shouting an insult at Hoffenheim counterpart Julian Nagelsmann during their sides' Bundesliga game on Saturday.

The final two games of a previous five-game ban that Schmidt was given in February for another pitch-side offence had been suspended.

Kevin Volland opened the scoring with his first Leverkusen goal midway through the first half, only for the home side to draw level through Roberto Hilbert's own goal after the break.

Leverkusen was given a boost with over 10 minutes of normal time remaining when Lotte defender Tim Wendel was sent off for a second yellow card, but the visitors were unable to make it count until early in extra time, when Volland grabbed his second.

Lotte, which upset Werder Bremen in the first round, equalised 10 minutes later through Kevin Freiberger on a counterattack to force the penalty shoot-out.

Volland and Charles Aranguiz both missed for Leverkusen, while Lotte only got going at the third attempt.

There were no mistakes after that until Fernandez proved the hero, injuring himself in the process.

Bundesliga sides Hertha Berlin, Hamburger SV and Borussia Moenchengladbach had no problems against lower-league opposition later.

In another penalty shoot-out, 1860 Munich defeated second-division rival Wuerzburger Kickers 4-3 after their game ended scoreless.

Australian attacker Kruse was replaced in the 74th minute.

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