Despite looking comfortable for the entire game, Nick Proschwitz's first-half goal was cancelled out late on by Besar Halimi to secure a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon.
Paderborn had an evening to forget in the Pokal, after being thrashed 7-1 by Borussia Dortmund. It was Stefan Effenberg's first defeat as manager, and made plenty of changes as a result. Michael Heinloth, Daniel Brückner, Marcel Ndjeng, Mahir Saglik and Srdjan Lakic were sacrificed for Khaled Narey, Florian Hartherz, Hauke Wahl, Kevin Stöger and Nick Proschwitz.
FSV Frankfurt were dumped out of the cup in dramatic fashion against Hertha BSC during the week, and kept faith in a similar side. Joan Oumari and Timm Golley dropped out, and were replaced by Lukas Gugganig and Alexander Huber.
Paderborn's patience pays off
It was a tight and tense opening few minutes in the Benteler-Arena, with neither team wanting to over-commit in the early stages. It was the visitors who would have the first chance of the game, as Zlatko Dedic let fly from the edge of the box. His effort went narrowly wide of the post and Felipe Pires' desperate attempts to keep the ball in play.
The hosts came into the game more towards the second half and felt unfortunate not to be ahead after a spell of impressive pressure. Süleyman Koc volleyed just over, before Dominik Wydra went close with a powerful drive. Moritz Stoppelkamp's cross very nearly crept under André Weis' crossbar, before Koc wasted a great headed opportunity from six yards out.
Paderborn's determination would no go unrewarded, as they took a deserved lead just after the half-hour mark. Narey, on loan from Dortmund, sped down the right-hand side before whipping in a great ball across the face of goal to Nick Proschwitz. The striker headed into an open net, but such was the quality of Narey's cross that it left the defenders and Weis powerless to prevent it from going in and giving the Westphalians a half-time lead.
Halimi the hero for Frankfurt
It was clear that FSV needed to step things up in attack, and Tomas Oral made the change that many expected him to make. Besar Halimi replaced Huber, as Shawn Barry dropped into right-back to allow the Mainz loanee to express himself further up the field.
Paderborn were still the side in the ascendancy and should have added to their lead. Koc's cross was bravely cut out by Weis before Proschwitz put his name in the hat for miss of the season. Koc put a great ball across the face of goal, only for his team-mate to somehow screw the ball over the goal.
Wydra and Ndjeng both came close late on, but ultimately they would be punished for wasting so many chances. Halimi danced past one, two and then three Paderborn defenders before rifling home from close range to deny Effenberg his third win in as many 2. Bundesliga games. Franfkurt's incredibly promising start continues.