LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Timo Werner scored a first-half hat trick as Leipzig opened their German Cup defense with an 8-0 rout of amateur team Teutonia Ottensen on Tuesday.
The German striker also had a hand in another goal before the break, scored by Ander Silva, as Leipzig led 4-0 at half-time.
Silva added a second before further strikes from Emil Forsberg, Kristoffer Nkunko and Dani Olmo at the Red Bull Arena.
Hamburg-based Ottensen, who play in Germany’s fourth tier, were originally to host the game but were forced to look for an alternative venue because their stadium uses artificial turf.
Ottensen eventually hosted the game in Dessau, but Wendel destroyed the grass at the Paul-Greifzo-Stadion last week with a suspected chemical, rendering the surface unplayable. The German Football Federation said they had no choice but to host the match in Leipzig.
Leipzig beat Freiburg in a penalty shootout at the end of last season to claim the first major title in the club’s short history.