Bayer Leverkusen suffer HUGE upset after fourth-tier Rot-Weiss Essen dump them out of the German Cup with dramatic 117th-minute winner, sparking wild celebrations from minnows
Bayer Leverkusen were stunned by fourth-tier Rot-Weiss Essen on Tuesday night in the German Cup.
Leverkusen, one of the richest and most consistent clubs in the Bundesliga, found themselves dumped out of the competition with the minnows advancing to the quarter-finals in dramatic fashion.
The game was a tense affair with rain affecting the pitch and serving as a leveller. Neither side could find a breakthrough in 90 minutes.
Rot-Weiss Essen’s players could hardly believe it after they upset Bayer Leverkusen
Florian Wirtz looked shattered as his side fell to a 2-1 defeat in extra-time against the minnows
The hosts are in the fourth tier in Germany while Leverkusen sit fifth in the Bundesliga
Simon Engelmann netted the winner three minutes from full-time in extra-time in the game
Leverkusen thought they had finally scored the vital goal to take them through in extra-time.
Leon Bailey netted, taking his goal involvements this season to 18 in all competitions but his strike was not enough for the visitors.
Essen fought back in the second period of extra-time through Oguzhan Kefkir’s equaliser to set up a grandstand finish.
And just when it looked as though the game was heading to penalties, Simon Engelmann grabbed a winner in the 117th minute for a magnificent upset.
Essen fans celebrated with flares outside the ground, following the last-16 victory
The home side were jubilant and celebrated wildly at full-time with Leverkusen’s players crushed by the shock defeat.
‘What we have produced as a team is really unbelievable,’ said Essen goalkeeper Daniel Davari. ‘When you you trail 1-0 and then come back like that, I can’t put it into words. I’m so happy.’
He then asked: ‘Where are we now, quarter-finals? We have to celebrate that. I won’t be reachable for two weeks now!’
Leon Bailey thought he had scored the winner for Leverkusen but the lead was shortlived
Essen were last in the Bundesliga more than 40 years ago and have suffered ever since
Essen have been out of Germany’s top flight since 1977 and made headlines by beating second division side Fortuna Dusseldorf in the previous round.
The club have suffered for many years but do have previous pedigree having won the competition back in 1953.
It was another blow for Leverkusen, who have now lost three in a row but remain in contention for Europe, sitting fifth in the Bundesliga.
After the German Cup humiliation, manager Peter Bosz said: ‘The pitch, the rain, opponents – it doesn’t matter. We should have won this game here today.’
Essen’s players looked like they could hardly believe what they’d achieved on Tuesday night