Bayern Munich cruised into the second round of the DFB-Pokal on Sunday.
Veteran Mehmet Scholl scored twice against Neuruppin with further strikes from youngsters Andreas Otti and Valerien Ismael saw Bayern ease to a comfortable victory.
Stuttgart were forced to play extra time against Southern regional league side Hoffenheim but eventually won 4-3.
Giovanni Trapattoni finally claimed his first win as Stuttgart manager despite his side losing 2-1 at half time. Jon Dahl Tomasson equalised and goals in extra time from Mario Carevic and Cacau put Stuttgart into the 2nd round of the cup, even though Matthias Orum scored a third for Hoffenheim.
Hertha Berlin struggled against Koblenz and had an injury-time goal from Marcelinho to thank for avoiding an embarrassing defeat.
Arne Friedrich had put the Bundesliga side ahead but a brace from Salif Keita in the 89th and 90th minute put the home side ahead. Marcelinho scored deep into stoppage time to force extra time in which the Bundesliga side won after 102 minutes with Nico Kovac making it 3-2.
Cologne were knocked out of Germany’s top cup competition by second division Kickers Offenbach in a 3-1 defeat. Cologne had Andrew Sinkala sent off in the 58th minute.
Bayer Leverkusen thrashed amateurs Erfurt 8-0 to cruise into the second round. New signing Danko Lazovic scored a hat-trick on his debut while summer recruit Athirson scored his first for Leverkusen
Hamburg defeated Stuttgarter Kickers 5-1 with Sergei Barbarez grabbing a brace. Kaiserslautern beat neighbors Eintracht Trier 3-0 whilst Wolfsburg beat Paderborn 2-0.
Nurnberg defeated Eschborn 4-0 with last season’s Bundesliga top scorer beginning the thrashing. Mainz defeated Hansa Rostock amateurs 3-0. Bielefeld also beat Magdelburg 3-0. MSV Duisburg beat Wolfsburg Amateurs 1-0. Borussia Monchengladbach won comfortbaly 3-0 against Kutzhof. Schalke and Werder Bremen had routine victories over Bremerhaven and SG Wattenscheid respectively.