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Bayern safely through to DFB Cup second round

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:57 am

In a DFB Cup first round peppered with shocks, Bayern comfortably avoided adding to the total of upsets with a highly professional performance away to in-form second division leaders Eintracht Braunschweig on Monday evening. The 15-time cup winners from Munich clinically took their chances when they came along, easing past the eager but limited lower league team and safely booking their place in Saturday's second-round draw.

The 23,500 capacity crowd at Eintracht's Stadion an der Hamburger Strasse saw Mario Gomez hand FCB an early lead and birthday boy Bastian Schweinsteiger double the advantage before half-time, both goals coming from penalties earned by Thomas Müller. The men from Munich were content to do what had to be done in the second half, before Müller added a third in the closing stages, confirming Bayern's clear superiority on the night, and providing just the right result ahead of Sunday's opening Bundesliga fixture at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The first competitive starting line-up of FCB coach Jupp Heynckes' third spell at the club saw three Munich newcomers in the defensive unit, with Manuel Neuer in goal, Jerome Boateng at centre-half and Rafinha at right-back. Holger Badstuber partnered Boateng, and captain Philipp Lahm switched to the left as expected.

Ahead of them, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Luiz Gustavo took the twin holding roles, with Toni Kroos tucked in behind lone striker Gomez, and David Alaba and Müller on the flanks in the absence of injured wing duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. For the home side, boss Torsten Lieberknecht saw no reason to change the team which had won its first two second division fixtures.

Once referee Felix Zwayer whistled play underway, the Bundesliga giants immediately seized control of proceedings against the deep-lying second tier outfit, although chances were thin on the ground in the first 20 minutes. The one clear-cut opening led to the first goal on nine minutes, after Kroos released Müller in the box, only for the Germany man to be blatantly tripped by Ken Reichel. Gomez beat keeper Marjan Petkovic with a well-taken penalty, as the striker improved his career haul to 18 goals in 21 DFB Cup appearances.

Midway through the half, Badstuber put a header from a Kroos cross just over the bar, but FCB eased back a shade after that and Braunschweig finally created a couple of openings of their own, Dominick Kumbela firing wide of Neuer's goal from 20 yards, and home skipper Dennis Kruppke heading past the post from close range.

However, the visitors soon re-imposed their authority on the match and doubled their lead after 39 minutes - and once again, it was from a penalty awarded for a foul on Müller, this time by Mirko Boland. Schweinsteiger teed up the ball, and emulated Gomez by sending Petkovic the wrong way.

"We have to maintain this level of concentration and score a third goal," FCB director of sport Christian Nerlinger said at the interval, although it was the lower league side who briefly made the running after the interval. Kumbela just failed to connect with a cross which looped over Neuer's head, but the lively Alaba responded with a couple of dangerous thrusts, and Gomez warmed Petkovic's gloves after showing good feet to create an opening.

The visitors were content to sit back and let Braunschweig come for a spell, as Lieberknecht shuffled his side with all three permitted substitutions to try and up the attacking threat, but apart from a Matthias Henn header wide of the target, the FCB defence capably dealt with the home team's efforts.

As the game entered its closing stages, Kroos curled a 30-yard free-kick wide of Petkovic's goal, before Anatoliy Tymoshchuk took over from Alaba with nine minutes to play. On 83 minutes, Müller artistically overcame Petkovic after Schweinsteiger's effort was blocked, making the score 3-0 and banishing any lingering doubts as to the outcome. The men in red strolled to the finish, securing the winning start to the new campaign everyone at the club wanted.

Live match report for fcbayern.de by Chris Hamley
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