German of Polish origin Martin Koblanski, captain of Eintracht Braunschweig, scored a hat-trick to lead the newly promoted second-division team to beat Hertha Berlin in an exciting match.
The host team needed just 63 seconds to advance with a goal from a 25-meter free kick that Koblanski shot in front of 500 spectators, and authorities allowed them to attend the match at the 25,000-capacity stadium.
Yannis Nikolaou header bounced off Maximilian Mittelstaed’s back and entered Herta’s goal by mistake in the 17th minute.
Herta adjusted the score, however, and scored two goals within 6 minutes, with a header from Dodi Lukibakio in the 23rd minute and Matthews Konya in the 29th minute.
Braunschweig took the lead again one minute before the break after Koblanski hit a penalty that was saved by the goalkeeper before the player sent it back into the net.
Hertha equalized 3-3 by Peter Pickarick before Koblanski completed his hat-trick with a powerful shot.
Suleiman Abdullah believed that he had finished any chance for Hertha to return after he scored the fifth goal for his team, but Lukibakio scored his second personal goal in the 83rd minute to reduce the score to 5-4.