Robben, Pizarro fire Bayern into Cup's third round
BERLIN (AFP) –
Bayern Munich reached the third round of the German Cup on Wednesday with a 4-0 win over second division Kaiserslautern as Peru striker Claudio Pizarro and Dutch star Arjen Robben both scored twice.
Bayern bounced back from their 2-1 Bundesliga defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday — to end their eighth match winning-streak in the league — with a second-string side.
“4-0 looked easy, but it wasn’t and I’m proud of the boys. We worked well together,” said stand-in captain Robben with stars Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger rested.
Spanish international Javi Martinez dropped into defence to play centre-back alongside Germany’s Jerome Boateng with 18-year-old Emre Can starting in midfield.
Pizarro grabbed the first goal after 11 minutes after some good build-up play from Robben, who added the second on 49 minutes after a pass from Pizarro.
The Peru veteran, who turned 34 earlier this month, bagged his second of the game with a header on 58 minutes before setting up Robben for the fourth with 88 minutes gone.
Leverkusen needed an extra-time goal by Germany midfielder Andre Schuerrle to seal a 3-2 win at Arminia Bielefeld, while fellow Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart had few problems in their 3-0 win at home to Hamburg-based St Pauli.
Wolfsburg enjoyed a 2-0 win over second division FSV Frankfurt while Hanover 96 needed a shoot-out to beat second-division Dynamo Dresden 4-3 on penalties after it finished 1-1 after extra time.
Angola striker Rafael Nando scored an extra-time goal against his former club to seal Fortuna Duesseldorf’s 1-0 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach in the only all-Bundesliga tie of the round.
On Tuesday, holders Borussia Dortmund booked their place in the third round with a 4-1 win at second-division VfR Aalen
Dortmund’s Germany defenders Mats Hummels and left-back Marcel Schmelzer as well as midfielder Mario Goezte all got on the scoresheet.
Schalke 04 also made light work of second-division opposition as the Royal Blues enjoyed a 3-0 win at home to SV Sandhausen.
Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Afellay put the hosts ahead on 11 minutes before a spectacular bicycle kick from Romania striker Ciprian Marica on 62 minutes doubled the hosts lead at the Veltins Arena.
Holland striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar netted the third on 79 minutes.
Bundesliga duo Freiburg and Augsburg eased their way into Saturday’s draw with wins at second-division sides Braunschweig and Muenster respectively.