BERLIN: Bundesliga teams Werder Bremen, Hamburg SV, Nuremberg and Eintracht Frankfurt were all knocked out of the German Cup in the first round yesterday.
Bremen and Hamburg lost to third division opposition by the same 4-2 scoreline with the former going out of the competition after extra time at Preussen Munster while the latter twice let a lead slip at Karlsruhe in south-west Germany.
Nuremberg, German Cup winners in 2007, struggled against a stubborn Havelse side before losing 3-2 to their fourth tier opponents after extra time.
Frankfurt, promoted to the Bundesliga last season, lost 3-0 at second division Erzgebirge Aue who played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after defender Oliver Schroeder was sent off.
Hanover 96 are through to the second round with a 6-1 win at FC Nottingen while Schalke 04 won 5-0 at third tier Saarbrucken.
Bundesliga side Hoffenheim were the giant-killing victims on Satuday when they lost 4-0 at fourth division Berliner AK 07.
Temperatures reached 40 degrees Celsius at some venues before kickoff, forcing stewards to use water canons to cool fans. Games were also held up midway through each half so players could take on liquids.
Defending champion Borussia Dortmund progressed to the second round on Saturday with a 3-0 win at fourth-tier club Oberneuland, while last year's beaten finalist, Bayern Munich, visit Jahn Regensburg today.