Mathew Leckie and Hertha Berlin warmed up for next weekend’s Bundesliga opener with Bayern Munich with a five-star performance against Eichstatt in the DFB-Pokal.
Hertha beat the fourth-tier side 5-1 as the German Cup first round kicked off overnight, with Leckie playing the full match from right wing-back.
Bosnian striker Vedad Ibisevic hit a double, while ex-Premier League star Salomon Kalou, Czech midfielder Vladimir Darida and German forward Alexander Esswein were also on the scoresheet in what was new boss Ante Covic’s first match in charge.
The Berlin-based club take on reigning champions Bayern at the Allianz Arena next Saturday morning, 4:30am AEST kick off.
Meanwhile, Awer Mabil made his first start of the Danish Superliga campaign as FC Midtjylland maintained their perfect league record by beating AC Horsens 2-0 on Monday morning.
Caltex Socceroo Mabil was deployed in a central role behind two strikers and played 88 minutes of the clash held in the east coast of Denmark’s Jutland region.
Guinean striker Sory Kaba scored two goals in eight minutes which keeps The Wolves five from five in the league.
Midtjylland travel to Scotland to face Rangers in the second leg of their Europa League third round qualifying tie this Friday morning, 4:45am, needing to overturn a 4-2 home leg deficit.