BREMEN: New signing Alassane Pléa, Thorgan Hazard, and Raffael all claimed hattricks as Borussia Mönchengladbach romped to a 11-1 win at minnows Hastedt in the DFB-Pokal on Sunday.
Gladbach raced into a 3-0 lead with just 15 minutes gone at fifth-tier Bremen-Liga side Hastedt, based in the suburbs of Bremen, and led 6-0 at the break.
Former France Under-21 striker Pléa, whom Gladbach paid Nice 25 million euros (RM117 million) for last month, celebrated his competitive debut with three goals.
“You could see that we had a lot of fun, we didn’t stop after the breakm and it was a super Sunday evening,” said Jonas Hofmann, who scored one of the other goals.
“Against Leverkusen, it will be a different game,” he added with Gladbach to play Bayer Leverkusen next Saturday on the opening weekend of the 2018/19 Bundesliga season.
Against limited defence, the cup tie turned into shooting practice for the Bundesliga team.
Not to be out done by Pléa, Borussia’s Belgium international Thorgan Hazard, brother of Chelsea star Eden, also claimed a hattrick.
He started the scoring with a second minute penalty, then fired in a freekick just before the break, and claimed his third goal six minutes from time.
Brazilian striker Raffael also helped himself to three goals inside 35 minutes.
Midfielders Florian Neuhaus and Hofmann also got on the scoresheet to complete the rout.
Hastedt’s consolation goal was scored by striker Diyar Kucuk just before the final whistle.
Gladbach’s tally fell short of the DFB-Pokal record.
Bayern Munich, who needed a Robert Lewandowski goal to beat minnows Drochtersen/Assel on Saturday, claimed it with a 16-1 win over Waldberg in the first-round in 1997/98 when Carsten Jancker hit five goals.