Bayern march on in cup, Dortmund need penalties
HOLDERS Bayern Munich reached the third round of the German Cup with a 3-1 win over Augsburg yesterday while second-division Union Berlin took injury-hit Borussia Dortmund to penalties.
Goals by Philipp Lahm, Julian Green and David Alaba sealed Bayern’s win at the Allianz Arena, while Borussia, last season’s finalists, endured nervous moments before beating Union 3-0 in a shoot-out after it finished 1-1 in Dortmund.
Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti rested a host of stars while US striker Green made a rare start, for tomorrow’s away Bundesliga clash – also against Augsburg – and next Tuesday’s Champions League clash at PSV Eindhoven.
Bayern went ahead with two minutes gone when Thomas Muller fed Lahm and the Bayern captain drilled home his shot.
Muller then floated in the cross which Green headed home to make it 20 on 41 minutes.
Bayern defender Mats Hummels conceded a penalty on Augsburg midfielder Gojko Kacar, but Manuel Neuer came to the rescue when Germany’s goalkeeper saved Koo JaCheol’s spotkick on 49 minutes.
Augsburg pulled a goal back on the counter attack when Ji Dong-Won cut in and blasted his shot home from a tight angle on 69 minutes.
But Alaba came on with five minutes to go and rifled home Bayern’s third in the 94th minute to settle the result.
Dortmund, missing a host of injured stars like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus, went through after a scare.
Dortmund took the lead thanks to a first-half own goal from ex-Dortmund defender Michael Parensen, but Union striker Steven Skrzybski levelled with nine minutes left
Goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller was Dortmund’s hero with two saves in the shootout, while Ousmane Dembele, Matthias Ginter and Mario Gotze netted their spotkicks.
Schalke scrapped into the third round with a nervy 3-2 win over second-division Nuremberg.
Cologne beat Hoffenheim 2-1, as Darmstadt were humbled 1-0 by fourth division Astoria Walldorf .
Greuther Fuerth sealed a 2-1 win over top-tier side Mainz. – AFP