Bayern off to a flier
Bayern Munich got their German Cup campaign off to a 3-1 winning start over amateur fifth division side Noettingen on Sunday in the first round which again proved fatal for Bundesliga rivals Hamburg.
Hamburg, who open their Bundesliga campaign at Bayern next Friday, fell 3-2 after extra time at fourth division Carl Zeiss Jena.
Four days after their 1-0 victory over Real Madrid in the Audi Cup, Bayern overran the amateur side, playing at Karlsruhe Stadium.
New Chilean signing Arturo Vidal opened the scoring for Bayern with a penalty after six minutes but ten minutes later Noettingen equalised thanks to striker Niklas Hecht-Zirpel, a young student of sports and mathematics.
Mario Goetze put Bayern back in front just a minute later with Robert Lewandowski sealing the winner ten minutes later as Munich coach Pep Guardiola brought on Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben after 55 minutes.
Cup holders Wolfsburg eased to a 4-1 win on Saturday at Stuttgarter Kickers, as Borussia Dortmund, last season's runners-up, won 2-0 at Chemnitzer FC, thanks to goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (25) and Henrykh Mkhitaryan (82).