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Huge wins for Gladbach, Cologne

August 21, 2018

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BERLIN: Rhine rivals Borussia Moenchengladbach and Cologne scored 20 goals between them to advance from the first round of the German Cup on Sunday.

Thorgan Hazard, Raffael and new signing Alassane Plea all scored hat-tricks as ‘Gladbach routed fifth-tier BSC Hastedt 11-1. Diyar Kucuk scored the home side’s consolation in the final minutes.

Dynamo Berlin quickly regretted scoring first against Cologne. Cologne, relegated from the Bundesliga last season, responded by putting nine goals past their fourth-tier opponents to win 9-1 with striker Simon Terodde scoring four goals at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

Yussuf Poulsen and Emil Forsberg dug jaded ten-man RB Leipzig out of trouble on Sunday as they came from behind to beat fourth-tier Viktoria Cologne 3-1 away and Hanover 96 defeated third-division Karlsruher SC 6-0.

Augsburg made hard work of beating fourth-tier Steinbach Haiger 2-1. There were wins too for second-division Union Berlin and Holstein Kiel, while fifth-tier BSG Chemie Leipzig upset second-division Jahn Regensburg 2-1.

Published in Dawn, August 21st, 2018