RECAP: GERMAN CUP ACTION
Josh Sargent scored to help Werder Bremen advance while Tyler Adams put in a man of the match performance for RB Leipzig in the first round of the German Cup.
Carl Zeiss Jena 0-2 Werder Bremen
Werder Bremen kicked off their German Cup campaign on a positive note as Josh Sargent and Manchester United loanee Tahith Chong score second-half goals to give them the shutout win over Carl Zeiss Jena at the Ernst Abbe Sportfeld.
Sargent would start and play the entire 90 minutes minus stoppage time while on the other side midfielder Lucas Stauffer would come off the bench for Carl Zeiss Jena to play a couple of minutes.
Bremen had the advantage in the first half and should have scored when Leonardo Bittencourt's cross found Theodor Gebre Selassie in the area, but the Czech's volleyed effort ricocheted off the post.
The center-back would get himself involved in some controversy later on when the Carl Zeiss Jena players accused him of tripping up Dominik Bock in the area. However, review from the video assistant referee showed that Gebre Selassie did not come into contact with the player.
After a scoreless first half, the visitors finally broke the deadlock in the 49th minute. Ludwig Augustinsson's cross from the left side found a waiting Sargent in the area, and the young strike leaped to head the ball into the goal.
The game was not done and dusted until the 88th minute when Maximilian Eggestein released Chong with a through-ball and the midfielder tucked his shot into the back of the net to guarantee Bremen a spot in the second round.
Nurnberg 0-3 RB Leipzig
RB Leipzig were dominant from start to finish and Nurnberg could not keep up with them as die Roten moved on to the second round with their win at the Max Morlock Stadion.
Tyler Adams started the game for Leipzig and went the distance although much of the talk was about the position he played in for this game.
Known as a central midfielder, head coach Julian Nagelsmann decided to deploy the 21-year-old as a center-back. It was a huge gamble as the German coach had other players at his disposal, but in the end, it paid off as Adams was named man of the match.
Leipzig jumped out to an early lead just three minutes into the contest when Nurnburg goalkeeper Christian Mathenia showed carelessness while trying to clear the ball, allowing Christopher Nkunku to block his attempt. Marcel Sabitzer then fed the ball to Amadou Haidara and the Malian made the opposition pay with his strike.
The host tried to get themselves back into the game as they were able to hold Leipzig to a single goal at halftime, but Champions League semifinalist kept the pressure on and put the game out reach.
Yussuf Poulsen doubled the visitor's lead in the 67th minute new signing Hwang Hee-Chan cut the ball back towards the Danish international as he slotted it home.
Hwang, who Leipzig hopes can replace the now departed Timo Werner, scored his first goal for the team 90th minute with Poulsen this time setting up the South Korean international for the score.
Meinerzhagen 1-6 Greuther Furth
Julian Green would score in extra time and Timothy Tillman came on to provide the assist on two goals as Greuther Furth survived a scare to knock off Meinerzhagen at Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer.
Green would play 105 minutes while Tillman came off the bench in the 63rd minute in the Cloverleafs win.
All the action would start in the second half, with Meinerzhagen taking the lead in the 50th minute through Sven Wurm. Nik Kunkel's corner kick from the left side found the German center-back in the area and he thumped it home.
It looked like the host were bound for another early exit from the cup competition, but they would find the equalizer in the 71st minute through a corner kick of their own. Green supplied the pass into the area and Sebastian Ernst headed in to give Greuther Furth a boost of confidence.
That goal was all they needed when the game headed into extra time as they went on a surprising surge.
Green would give his team the lead in the 98th minute with a scintillating strike. David Raum supplied the midfielder with the ball at the edge of the area, and he decided to have a go. It paid off as his shot bounced off the inside of the post and across the goal line.
Tillman would set up Marco Meyerhofer for Greuther Furth's third goal in the 103rd minute. The right-back followed that up with his second goal two minutes later.
Dickson Abiama would head in a fifth goal for the team from Tillman's corner kick in the 113th minute and add another five minutes later.
After a sluggish start, Greuther Furth finally found the right gear to book themselves a place in the next round.
MSV Duisburg 0-5 Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund was dominate from start to finish as they easily breezed past MSV Duisburg at the Schauinsland Reisen Arena to advance to the second round.
Giovanni Reyna played 57 minutes in the contest in an attacking midfield role for the team.
Duisburg would surrender a penalty early in the game when Maximilian Sauer was judged to have handled the ball in the area. Jadon Sancho stepped up to convert the spot-kick in the 14th minute.
Jude Bellingham, who made his debut for Dortmund following his transfer from Birmingham City, scored his first goal for the team on the half-hour mark. Thorgan Hazard's back-heeled pass fooled the Duisburg back line and the English youngster was able to power his shot past goalkeeper Leo Weinkauf.
The night would go from bad to worse for the visitors when Dominic Volkmer made a terrible tackle on Erling Haaland, leaving the referee no choice but to give him a red card.
That just gave Dortmund more breathing room as Hazard scored their third in the 39th minute. The Belgian unleashed a direct free-kick that was too much to handle for Weinkauf.
The visitors kept the momentum going into the second half, and this time it was Reyna's turn to get his name on the score sheet. The American teenager, who was dangerous throughout the game, nailed a free-kick of his own in the 50th minute. It might have take a deflection, but it left the goalkeeper wrong-footed the ball sneaked itself across the line.
Marco Reus, Dortmund's captain, would then enter the game after lengthy spell on the injured list to score in a matter of seconds. Sancho's pass would find the streaking forward in the area as he coolly tucked it home.
Alfredo Morales started for Fortuna Dusseldorf while Justin Butler got the nod and Jalen Hawkins watched from the bench for Ingolstadt as the recently relegated Bundesliga team came away with a narrow 1-0 win.
Timothy Chandler played the final 30 minutes for Eintracht Frankfurt as they advanced to the second round with a 2-1 win over 1860 Munich.
Maurice Malone came off the bench to play 15 minutes as Wehen Wiesbaden slipped past Heidenheim with a 1-0 win.
Bobby Wood played 12 minutes for Hamburg as they were dumped out of the tournament following a 4-1 defeat by Dynamo Dresden.
John Brooks watched all of the action from the bench as Wolfsburg moved on following a 4-1 victory over Union Furstenwalde.