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Kruse on target as Leverkusen progress in German Cup

Robbie Kruse marked his first Bayer Leverkusen start in a month by scoring in Wednesday night's DFB Pokal (German Cup) win over SC Freiburg.

The Australian winger scored in the first minute of the third round clash which saw Bayer eventually salute 2-1 at the Mage Solar Stadium after a leveller from Matthias Ginter prior to Emre Can's 77th minute winner.

Kruse gave Leverkusen a dream start when he pounced on a poor backpass from Nicolas Hofler before firing past Oliver Baumann for his third goal since joining die Werkself from Fortuna Dusseldorf in April and putting his side well on the way to a quarter-final berth.

South Korean ace Son Heung-min, who netted a double in the league on the weekend, started but was replaced by Jan Hegeler late in the second half.

Kruse and second-placed Leverkusen will now get set for this weekend's Bundesliga clash with third-placed Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park.

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