Munich cruise past lowly Duren in German cup

Bayern Munich comfortably defeated German fifth tier side Duren 3-0 to advance to the next round of the DFB Pokal.

An Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting brace and a first half penalty from Thomas Muller was enough to ensure the holders progressed to the next round of the cup.

Debutant Choupo-Moting was unlucky to have not had a hat-trick, when his second half dink appeared to cross the line but wasn’t given by the German officials.

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Bayern started their defence of the DFB Pokal against unfamiliar opponents Duren, who play in the fifth-tier of German football.

This is the home sides first ever appearance in the DFB Pokal, having only been established in 2017 – the club has had a steady rise in German football and were looking to provide an upset against  the European champions.

Bayerns line-up consisted of plenty of new faces merged in with some familiar ones. With many players unavailable due to the international break, Bayern boss Hans-Dieter Flick had a small roster of players to choose from but still on paper was far superior to the fifth-tier Duren side.

Things started brightly for the fifth tier of German football side, with Marc Brasnic having his header saved at close range by new Bayern goalkeeper Alexander Nubel just 23 seconds into the game.

Bayern then responded quickly with a close-range headed effort of their own, with Javi Martinez rising highest from an Alphonso Davies cross to marginally nod over on the fourth minute mark.

Bayern were dominating possession as expected and were looking threatening on the attack. The first big chance of the game coming in the 17th minute when a surging run from Alphonso Davies concluded by finding Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who cut onto his right but couldn’t dispatch past Jackmuth who made a good save with an outstretched right leg.

Bayern’s first half pressure finally paid off in the 23rd minute when French full-back Bouna Sarr burst down the right wing and was left with the simple task to roll the ball across to debutant Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting – who poked home his first ever Bayern Munich goal with a simple first-time finish.

It only took the German champions 12 minutes to double the deficit. A mistake by the Duren goalkeeper who came out his box to produce an unconvincing clearance was picked up by Thomas Muller who played a simple pass into the box for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who once again cut onto his right and was chopped down by Joran Sobiech for a Munich penalty.

Thomas Muller stepped up and made no mistake sending Bayern into a comfortable two-goal lead by dispatching the spot kick to the keepers left.

Douglas Costa nearly added a third just before the break with a fabulous travela effort that was well saved by Jackmuth with a good strong palm to his left.

The second half was met with an influx of exciting young talent already added to Bayern’s impressive roster, with Angelo Stiller making his senior debut and not long after Leon Dajaku coming on to replace captain and veteran, Thomas Muller.

On the hour mark Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will feel cheated not to have his second of the night after he neatly dinked the Duren keeper but was met by a goal-line clearance from David Putz to deny him of a brace, despite replays showing that the ball had clearly gone over the line.

Bayern’s youngsters were beginning to flourish now. Exciting prospect and ex-Chelsea Jamal Musiala danced through the Duren defence and looked destined to scrore but agonisingly struck the outside of the post from 6 yards out.

Bayerns third and Choupo-Moting’s second eventually came in the 74th minute when the ball broke nicely for Bayern’s new forward just outside the box and he made no mistake in whipping one into the top left corner of the net and surely buried the nail in the Duren coffin.

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Javi Martinez struck the post late on when his headed cannoned against the woodwork after an inswinging corner, but the job was already done – Bayern advance to the next round.

Next up for Bayern Munich is a trip to Bundesliga newcomers Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday evening whilst Duren return to action in the fifth-tier with a trip to Siegburger SV.

Teams:

BAYERN MUNICH (4-2-3-1): Alexander Nubel; Bouna Sarr, Niklas Sule, Jerome Boateng, Alphonso Davies; Javi Martinez, Marc Roca; Douglas Costa, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala; Eric Choupo-Moting.

DUREN (4-5-1): Kevin Jackmuth; Jannis Becker, Joran Sobiech, Mario Weber, Markus Wipperfurth; Gjorgji Antoski, Adis Omerbasic, David Putz, Marvin Stormann, Philipp Simon; Marc Brasnic.

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