Freiburg and Hoffenheim survive cup scares with extra-time wins

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A late equalizer from Roland Sallai and a brilliant free-kick in extra-time spared Freiburg’s blushes away to Kaiserslautern in the first round of the German Cup on Sunday while Hoffenheim also limped beyond minnows Rödinghausen. Second division Kaiserslautern led through Marlon Ritter’s inspired strike from just inside the Freiburg half to lead at the break but Sallai turned home a corner seven minutes from time to prevent Bundesliga embarrassment. And Ritsu Doan’s curled shot over the wall deep into the extra period took Christian Streich’s men into the second round. “The team stayed calm an…

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