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Leverkusen tested by Karlsruher; 'Gladbach sneak past Rot-Weiss Essen

Leverkusen tested by Karlsruher; 'Gladbach sneak past Rot-Weiss Essen
From ESPN - August 11, 2017

Bayer Leverkusen manager Heiko Herrlich endured a frustrating night on his competitive debut on Friday, before three goals in extra time finally secured his side's progress 3-0 against third-division Karlsruher SC in the first round of the German DFB Pokal.

"It cost a lot of nerves but we persevered," Herrlich said.

Herrlich was appointed in the offseason to lead Leverkusen back among the sides playing European football after the team flirted with relegation last season.

The new boss was clearly unhappy as Karlsruher kept his side scoreless in the first 90 minutes.

Substitute Joel Pohjanpalo should have won it in injury time but he missed from seven yards. Dominik Kohr finally made the breakthrough minutes into extra time with a header to Julian Brandt's free kick.

Pohjanpalo then made up for his earlier miss, and Leon Bailey gave the score a flattering look with his first competitive goal for the team.

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