Heavy­weights cruise in Ger­man Cup

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BER­LIN: A hat-trick for Pier­reEm­er­ick Aubameyang and a brace for Robert Le­wandowski saw Borus­sia Dort­mund and Bay­ern Mu­nich reach the sec­ond round of the Ger­man Cup on Satur­day.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Dort­mund eased to a 4-0 vic­tory over sixth-tier min­nows Riesalin­genArlen, while Bay­ern se­cured a 5-0 win over third di­vi­sion Chem­nitz.

A de­flected free-kick saw Le­wandowski open the scor­ing for Bay­ern af­ter just 20 min­utes with the Bun­desliga cham­pi­ons strik­ing again on the counter-at­tack shortly af­ter half-time, Kings­ley Co­man dou­bling the lead.

Record sign­ing Corentin Tolisso set up Bay­ern’s third goal, send­ing in a low cross for Le­wandowski to tap in his sec­ond of the af­ter­noon.

With vic­tory as­sured, Franck Ribery whipped a di­rect free-kick into the bot­tom cor­ner in the 79th minute, and Mats Hum­mels headed in Bay­ern’s fifth just be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle.

“The most im­por­tant thing to­day was reach­ing the sec­ond round,” Le­wandowski told Sky Sport. “It’s al­ways im­por­tant to score the first goal, and it’s not al­ways easy. We didn’t have much space to­day, Chem­nitz played de­fen­sively.”

Dort­mund were dom­i­nant from the off­set, Marc Bar­tra gave Peter Bosz’s team the lead in the 12th minute, and Aubameyang made it 2-0 from the penalty spot just be­fore half-time.

Aubameyang net­ted his sec­ond with a chip over goal­keeper Den­nis Klose on 55 min­utes, and com­pleted his hat-trick ten min­utes from time.

Hof­fen­heim, mean­while, failed to muster a con­vinc­ing per­for­mance ahead of the first leg of their Cham­pi­ons League play­off against Liver­pool to­mor­row.

Ju­lian Nagels­mann’s side strug­gled to a 1-0 vic­tory over third tier Rot-Weiss Er­furt.

Goals from Ti­mothy Chan­dler, Mi­jat Ga­ci­novic and Se­bastien Haller were enough to se­cure a laboured win for Frank­furt.

Else­where, Europa League qual­i­fiers FC Cologne scored five against fifth tier Lehe, while Freiburg and Mainz also se­cured their places in the sec­ond round. AFP

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