Die Fohlen are safely through to the second round of the DFB-Pokal, comfortably beating Oberliga side BSC Hastedt 11-1 on Sunday evening.
Borussia dictated the play from the off against their fifth-tier hosts, although the game was in fact played at Stadion Platz 11 within the Werder Bremen club grounds, as Hastedt’s own stadium was deemed too small to host the event. There were just two minutes on the clock when Florian Neuhaus was felled by the home side’s goalkeeper, and Thorgan Hazard converted the resulting spot-kick to open the floodgates. Alassane Pléa turned neatly in the box and fired home in the eighth minute to open his account in Borussia colours, before Raffael’s header made it 3-0 inside quarter of an hour. The Brazilian was on target again to make it four after 30 minutes. The first half was rounded off by two glorious goals, first from Florian Neuhaus’ 25-yard curling effort, and that was followed by a thunderous Hazard free-kick.
The change of ends didn’t stem the flow of goals, and Pléa grabbed his second within five minutes of the restart, collecting Tony Jantschke’s overhead through ball and applying a composed finish one-on-one. Jonas Hofmann then got in on the act, picking out the bottom corner to make it 8-0, before Raffael completed his hat-trick with a close-range finish. The next and final two Gladbach goals also resulted in three-goal hauls for both Pléa and Hazard to make it a hat-trick of hat-tricks and 11-0 on the scoreboard as the game drew to a close. The goalscoring didn’t end there though. BSC Hastedt were able to enjoy a memorable moment in the 88th minute, when Diyar Kücük rifled a shot past Tobias Sippel to add a consolation goal to final 11-1 result.
Head coach Dieter Hecking handed a number of players their competitive first-team debut for the Foals in Sunday’s cup tie, with three in the starting line-up. Youth product Jordan Beyer got the nod at right back, while new signings Florian Neuhaus and Alassane Pléa also featured from the off. Tobi Sippel started in goal behind a back four of Beyer, Matthias Ginter, Tony Jantschke and Oscar Wendt. Tobias Strobl, Jonas Hofmann and Neuhaus were in midfield, while Thorgan Hazard, Pléa and Raffael began in attack. Left back Andreas Poulsen also came on in the second 45 to mark his first appearance for the club.
A handful of players were not considered ready for Sunday’s game, with László Bénes, Ibrahima Traoré, Michael Lang, Mamadou Doucouré and Julio Villalba all still working their way to 100 percent. Captain Lars Stindl (ankle) and Nico Elvedi (tonsil surgery) remain sidelined.
Borussia: Sippel – Beyer, Jantschke, Ginter, Wendt (58’ Poulsen) – Strobl – Hofmann, Neuhaus (73’ Cuisance) – Pléa, Raffael(68’ Herrmann), Hazard // Unused subs: Nicolas, Kramer, Zakaria, Johnson
Hastedt: Pfaar – Onyeulo, Thöle, Njie, Buduar – Aziri, Kenneweg, Mehrtens, Dalkiran (64’ Lakic) – Saghey-Bi-Ria (59’ Janine), Kaloshi (74’ Kücük) // Unused subs: Wiewrodt, Horata, Tayari, Ahrirou
Goals: 0-1 Hazard (2’, pen.), 0-2 Pléa (8’), 0-3 Raffael(15’), 0-4 Raffael(30’), 0-5 Neuhaus (39’), 0-6 Hazard (42’), 0-7 Plea (50’), 0-8 Hofmann (56’), 0-9 Raffael(66’), 0-10 Pléa (78’), 0-11 Hazard (84’), 1-11 Kücük (88’)
Referee: Christof Günsch (Marburg)
Yellow cards: -/ Dalkiran, Janine, Njie