Fans were singing the praises of 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the beginning of August at the Edmund-Plambeck-Stadion as FCK came out 5-0 winners against HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst, sending them through to the second round of the cup.
False nine Jan-Lucas Dorow gave Kaiserslautern the lead in the 18th minute with an impeccably timed finish from close range. Just three minutes later, inside forward Daniel Halfar doubled the lead with a sloppy finish from close range. An error from a Barmbek-Uhlenhorst defender allowed Jan-Lucas Dorow to capatalise and score his brace from around fifteen yards out.
Just four minutes later, and with one minute to go in the second half, Jan-Lucas Dorow completed his hat-trick with a great shot. The rout was completed by inside forward Manfred Osei-Kwadwo who scored a real poachers effort from 11 yards.
Kaiserslautern continued their good form on a warm summer evening at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion.
Nurnberg had no answer to Die Roten Teufel's prowess from dead-ball situations as the home side scored all their goals from set-pieces. An error in defence allowed false nine Jan-Lucas Dorow to score a well timed finish from close range in the 13th minute.
Dorow scored again in the 77th with a close range header.
This made was a meaningful one for Patrick Ziegler as he was able to celebrate victory over his former club.
After a defensive error by Paderborn, inside forward Daniel Halfar managed to score a tidy effort from 11 meters, giving Kaiserslautern the lead. Advanced playmaker Ruben Jenssen doubled Kaiserslautern's lead with an effort from range in the 63rd minute.
Paderborn fans were given a glimmer of home when one of their players scored a close range header, but Manfred Osei-Kwadwo scored a well timed close range finish in the 83rd minute to secure the win for Kaiserslautern.
Kaiserslautern had their midfield to thank as they won 2-1 at home against Freiburg.
Freiburg defender Immanuel Hohn showed fans things to come as he nearly gifted Kaiserslautern a goal in the eighth minute. Inside forward Marcus Piossek scored an accurate finish from inside the penalty area on his debut to give Kaiserslautern the lead in the 13th minute.
Freiburg advanced forward Nils Petersen equalised in the 57th minute, but it was Kaiserslautern captain Markus Karl who stole the show with an extravagant finish from distance.
Kaiserslautern remain unbeaten in the league and also have the highest goal difference. They face Hertha in the second round of the cup.
Player of the Month: Jan-Lucas Dorow
Average League Rating: 7.78