We officially have the first round of the DFB-Pokal in the books. Most of the games went without a hitch. Yet, there were some games that were real eye openers. Let’s take a look at who did well and who could’ve done better:
Bayern Munich made light work of their third division counterparts Chemnitzer FC. Striker Robert Lewandowski led the attack with two goals in the 5-0 trouncing. Also, center back Mats Hummels added a beautiful header into the corner of the goal right before the game ended. Carlo Ancelotti’s side looked a little sloppy early on in the game. Kingsley Coman made several errant crosses in the first half. As a result, Bayern missed several scoring chances. Other than that, Bayern looked very confident in their victory.
Borussia Dortmund did win 4-0 with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netting a hat trick. While Aubameyang did well, the same could not be said for Dortmund’s defense. They gave up several opportunities in their third of the pitch. Losing possession on numerous occasions with very lackadaisical passes. For a first tier elite team to allow a sixth tier team to take 4 shots on goal is very concerning.
RB Leipzig was very clinical in their match against Sportfreunde Dorfmerkingen, winning 5-0. Arguably the best current midfielder in the Bundesliga, Naby Keïta added a goal late in the game. Also, Marcel Sabitzer scored two goals in the first half. Seems like Ralph Hasenhüttl’s squad looks ready for the start of the season.
FC Köln continues to steadily improve as a squad. They’ve looked decent in preseason. Due to their 5-0 win against fifth division side Leher Turnerschaft, it appears Köln might be a contender this year. New signing Jhon Córdoba netted his first goal in the 50th minute.
Hamburg SV was dismantled by third division team VFL Osnabruck. The only bright spot for Hamburg was a late penalty kick from American Bobby Wood. Besides that, Hamburg just looked absolutely sloppy. The midfield play was slow, the defense had too many openings, and the attackers never seemed to be in position. A red card was given to Osnabruck defender Marcel Appiah in the 18th minute. Because of that, it seemed Hamburg became lazy and didn’t take Osnabruck seriously. As a result, Osnabruck managed to create plenty of opportunities on Hamburg’s side of the pitch. Hopefully, this game was an eye opener for Markus Gisdol’s team.
FC Augsburg played a very close game with third division team FC Magdeburg. While they both split time of possession on the ball, Magdeburg had more shots on target. Goals in the 87th minute and first minute of injury time is what ultimately led to Augsburg’s demise. Furthermore, Augsburg has to make moves on the defensive side of the field before the transfer window closes. Otherwise, they could be looking at possible relegation. The loss to a third division team just reaffirms Augsburg fans’ deepest fears.
VfB Stuttgart did manage to win their game against fourth division team Energie Cottbus in penalty kicks. But the sheer fact that penalty kicks were necessary against a fourth division team is concerning enough. New manager Hannes Wolf and sporting director Michael Reschke will need to get their squad in top form. Above all, they need to make sure that next match they send their opponent and the Bundesliga a clear message.