Schalke crush Trier

Schalke crush Trier
By Reuters

05/08/2007 at 19:59Updated

Schalke 04 tuned up for the start of the Bundesliga season by crushing fifth division Eintracht Trier 9-0 in the first round of the DFB Pokal.

Gerald Asamoah scored a hat-trick for Schalke while six of his team mates also got on the score sheet.

Last season's runners-up Schalke 04, who face champions VfB Stuttgart in Friday's season opener, led a clean sweep by nine Bundesliga clubs at the expense of lower division teams.

Two Bundesliga clubs suffered shock defeats on Saturday. Bayer Leverkusen lost to second division side St. Pauli 1-0 and Energie Cottbus were eliminated 6-5 on penalties third division Rot-Weiss Essen.

On Sunday, Cup holders Nuremberg beat fifth division SC Viktoria Hamburg 6-0, Hamburg SV crushed fourth division Holstein Kiel 5-0, Eintracht Frankfurt won at second division Union Berlin 4-1 and MSV Duisburg beat third division SV Babelsberg 03 4-0.

Promoted Karlsruhe SC struggled against fourth division side TSG Neustrelitz but got two extra-time goals for a 2-0 victory. VfL Bochum eliminated third division Dynamo Dresden 1-0.

VfL Wolfsburg beat Wuerzburg FV 4-0 and Arminia Bielefeld defeated SV Seligenporten 2-0.