Dortmund, Bayern start with easy German Cup wins


Bayern Munich proved too strong for Chemnitzer in their DFB Pokal, as they romped to a 5-0 win on Saturday evening.

Robert Lewandowsk netted a brace, with his second goal coming after the interval as Bayern finally broke down their hosts and scored four times in the second half.

Lewandowski scored a deflected free-kick, with Kingsley Coman firing home a second before a Lewandowski tap-in.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the hero on the day, as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Rielasingen 4-0 in their DFB Pokal encounter.

Officiating in her first Bayern game, Federation Internationale de Football Association referee Bibiana Steinhaus, 38, enjoyed an untroubled afternoon in eastern Germany as the record cup winners cruised into the next round.

And man-of-the-match Lewandowski told Sky Deutschland: "I'm really pleased that we made it through the opening round".

"It's always important to score the first goal, and it's not always easy". Our opponent played very defensively, with everyone behind the ball and did not allow us much space.

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The visitors opened the scoring through Marc Bartra in the 12th minute, before Aubameyang doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the 41st minute. "But we got the job done and we are in the next round". He took advantage of poor defending to complete his hat trick late on.

Eintracht Frankfurt went down to 10 men early but still defeated fourth-tier TuS Erndtebrueck 3-0, with USA worldwide Timmy Chandler getting the opener before Mijat Gacinovic and Sebastien Haller scored in quick succession in the second half.

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

Last season, Steinhaus refereed eight second-division games.

There were also 4-0 wins for second-division sides Heidenheim and Kaiserslautern.

Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC.