Bayer Leverkusen strikers STEFAN KIESLLING (left) and PATRICK HELMES (right) receive congratulations during the DFP Pokal pounding of FK Pirmasens. Helmes, who scored for Germany in the 2-2 draw with Denmark in midweek, had a hat trick while Kiessling, who was a member of Germany’s World Cup squad in South Africa, struck for a pair in the Cup match at the Sportpark Husterhoehe. (dpa photo)
Even without German superstar midfielder MICHAEL BALLACK in the line-up, BAYER 04 LEVERKUSEN still laid an 11-1 thrashing at the door of Oberliga Suewest FK 03 PIRMASENS in the opening round of the Deutsche Fussball Pokal (German Cup).
German national team strikers PATRICK HELMES and STEFAN KIESSLING combined for five goals while Switzerland World Cup attacker EREN DERDIYOK added a pair of goals, as well, for Bayer Leverkusen — who broke open a 1-0 game with a ten-goal avalanche in the second half.
Germany U-21 international midfielder SIDNEY SAM celebrated his return after two seasons on loan at 1.FC Kaiserslautern by scoring twice while Brazilian midfielder RENATO AUGUSTO and Chile World Cup midfielder ARTURO VIDAL, with a penalty, also added goals for Bayer 04.
Not a bad way for manager JUPP HEYNCKES’ men to prepare for the UEFA Europa League clash coming in midweek with SC Tavriya Symferopol of Ukraine.