Borussia Mönchengladbach, Augsburg, and Cologne celebrated massive wins in Saturday’s second round of the German Cup over lower-league opposition to book their positions.
Next weekend Gladbach warmed up for his Bundesliga opener against Borussia Dortmund by beating fourth-tier Oberneuland 8-0, Augsburg thrashed fifth-tier Eintracht Celle 7-0 and Cologne enjoyed a 6-0 victory over fourth-tier Altglienicke in Berlin.
After discovering that they could not follow the stringent criteria set by the German soccer authorities to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections, all three underdogs abandoned their beloved home advantage for the games.
At each game in Mönchengladbach and Cologne, up to 300 supporters were allowed, whereas, at the empty stadium in Augsburg, there was no.
Union Fürstenwalde, from the north-eastern regional league, also gave up his home rights and was beaten at empty reserve stadium 4-1 in Wolfsburg.
Early in the second half, American forward Josh Sargent scored to set Werder Bremen on his way to a 2-0 victory at fouth-tier side Carl Zeiss Jena.
Leipzig had no trouble in beating Nuremberg 3-0 away from the second division, while Eintracht Frankfurt worked past Munich 2-1 in the third division host 1860.
There were also wins at Engers and Todesfelde, respectively, for Bochum and Osnabrück.
American midfielder Julian Green scored to help second-division Greuther Fürth win at fifth-tier Meinerzhagen 6-1 in extra time.
The 118th-minute goal for Nico Schlotterbeck was enough for Union Berlin to defeat its former Karlsruher SC team 1-0. Fourth-tier Ulm shocked Erzgebirge 2nd-division Aue 2-0. At Ingolstadt, Fortuna Düsseldorf won 1–0.