DFB Pokal: Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Augsburg win

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The first round of the DFB Pokal kicked off on Friday, with three matches taking place. FSV Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Augsburg all picked up victories.

BFC Dynamo 0-2 FSV Frankfurt

Frankfurt wasted no time and got their cup campaign of to an excellent start in this match, taking the lead just four minutes after the first whistle when Albanian forward Edmond Kapllani found the back of the net.

The visitors doubled their lead 33 minutes later, when Kapllani’s Slovenian strike partner Zlatko Dedic scored the second.

Frankfurt managed to hang onto their lead until half-time and successfully kept the hosts at bay for the entire second half to ensure victory.

Benno Möhlmann’s side are currently 14th on the Bundesliga 2 table after a draw away to Arminia Bielefeld and a loss at home to RB Leipzig in their first two games. They host Karlsruhe in their next match on August 14.

TUS Erndtebruck 0-5 SV Darmstadt

Newly promoted Darmstadt got their season off to a perfect start when they thrashed minnows Erndtebruck in the opening round.

The visitors opened the scoring in the ninth minute through attacking midfielder Marco Sailer, before forward Dominik Stroh-Engel doubled the lead in the very next minute.

Erndtebruck managed to shut the flood gates and didn’t concede again in the first half, but the scoring continued just 12 minutes into the second-half when midfielder Marcell Heller popped up to net the third.

Dirk Schuster’s side increased the lead again just nine minutes later when Stroh-Engel found the net for the second time, and they completed the rout in the 84th minute when Konstantin Rausch banged in a third.

Darmstadt kick off their Bundesliga campaign at home to Hannover 96 on August 15.

SV Elversberg – FC Augsburg

Augsburg managed to avoid an embarrassing defeat to lower league side Elversberg when they fought back from a goal down.

After a goalless first-half, Elversberg took a surprise lead through an unlikely source when centreback Kevin Maek scored in the 52nd minute.

Klaus Hofmann was forced into a substitution in attempt to rescue the result and brought on Paraguayan attacker Raul Bobadilla for Alexander Esswein in the 57th minute and striker Sascha Molders for midfielder Markus Fuelner in the 73rd.

The moves finally paid off seven minutes before the end of regular time when Bobadilla scored the equaliser, and Hofmann’s substitutions appeared a masterstroke after Molders scored the winner in the 11th minute of extra time.

Hofmann’s side put the result beyond doubt when Tobias Werner, who replaced Francisco Caiubyat the start of the second half netted in the 109th minute.

Augsburg will host Hertha Berlin on August 15 in their opening Bundesliga match of the season.