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Germany - DFB-Pokal
17 August 2014
• Preußen-Stadion, Münster
Referee: G. Winkmann
• Attendance: 16797
R. Krohne 89'
M. Götze 19'
T. Müller 29'
D. Alaba 52'
C. Pizarro 73'
Plenty to be improved upon for the reigning German champions, with Masuch performing well in between the sticks for Munster. It wasn't the absolute thrashing that many would have hoped for, but a win is a win. I've been Simon Harrison and I hope to see you again next time!
FULL TIME! Bayern progress against Munster, courtesy of a 4-1 victory, with goals coming from Gotze, Muller, Alaba and Pizarro, while Krohne grabbed a late consolation for the hosts. Die Roten safely move into the next round after a comfortable 90 minutes.
90' + 2'
Penalty save Daniel Masuch
90' + 2'
Missed Penalty Robert Lewandowski
90' + 1'
Red Card Marc Heitmeier
90' + 1'
SAVED! Lewandowski is denied by Masuch, with the goalkeeper getting down to his left hand side to save the penalty! It's a weak finish, but the home fans are overjoyed!
RED CARD FOR HEITMEIER! The central defender is penalised for hauling down Lewandowski as last man, awarding Bayern a penalty and leaving Munster with ten men for stoppage time.
Penalty Goal Rogier Krohne
GOOOOOAL! Krohne converts the penalty coolly, sending Neuer the wrong way! The home fans are overjoyed to have put a goal past the reigning Bundesliga champions, while Boateng remains sceptical about the spot-kick being awarded in the first place.
PENALTY! Krohne and Heitmeier keep the pressure up on the edge of the penalty area, before the former sees a shot deflection behind for a Munster corner. Kara delivers, before collecting the rebound, with his second attempted cross appearing to strike the arm of Boateng.
The away fans are in good voice, urging Die Roten towards the finish line. Munster aren't prepared to take a beating lying down, as Kara is nearly found in acres of space in behind by a reasonable pass from Amachaibou. The Turkish wide man doesn't quite have the pace to get there, however.
Gotze is set on his way down the left by Pizarro, before the Germany international finds the overlapping Bernat with a clever backheel. The Spaniard tries to send an inviting delivery across the goalmouth, but puts too much on it.
Though Bayern are firmly in the driving seat, Muller's competitive spirit is still showing, with the forward frustrated with his side's inability to win possession back for 30 seconds. There are certainly high standards within this squad, who aren't satisfied with simply winning.
Pizarro looks to slide Muller in between Munster's central defenders, but the Germany international can't find his first touch. Despite being comfortably ahead, the Bavarians are pushing forward in search of more goals.
Lahm is withdrawn for Gaudino, with the captain's armband being given to Neuer. The teenager has just over ten minutes to impress, after being anonymous during Bayern's German Super Cup defeat against Dortmund. Rode also comes into the fray for Badstuber.
Siegert looks for a quick ball upfield to find Krohne, but his pass is overhit and Neuer is able to control with ease. The Bayern goalkeeper hasn't had anything to do since the interval, demonstrating how Die Roten have stepped up to the plate and dominated.
Gotze and Lewandowski have half chances in the Munster penalty area, before Zenga is able to hurriedly clear behind for yet another corner. The home side opt to make a change, replacing Reichwein with Amachaibou, to freshen up the forward line.
Assist Thomas Müller
Goal Claudio Pizarro
GOOOOOOAL! PIZARRO NETS THE FOURTH! It's a delicate, chipped finish from the Peruvian striker, who beats Masuch all ends up. Krohne is robbed of the ball in central midfield, allowing for Bayern to break and punish Munster! Bayern lead 4-0!
Kara whips in a near post corner delivery, but Muller does his defensive duty and heads clear! The rebound falls to Truckenbrod, who shoots from 20 yards, but gets his angles all wrong. Neuer is happy to watch the ball zip well wide.
Pizarro fires wide! Bernat plays an excellent one-two with the Peru international, before playing another cute pass into the path of the substitute. The experienced striker tries his luck, but drags a shot narrowly wide of the far post! Munster are riding their luck at the moment.
Alaba opens up play with a cross in towards the back post, which Muller sends back into the box with a cushioned header. Lewandowski is the intended target, but can't quite stretch enough to apply a finishing touch!
Bernat is denied excellently by Masuch, as the Spaniard arrives late in the penalty area to turn an improvised flick towards goal - but the veteran goalkeeper dives athletically to tip the ball onto the roof of the net! Moments later, Bayern find Lewandowski deep in the opposition box, but heroic blocks are thrown in to deny the Polish forward.
Krohne and Reichwein are doing less and less pressing as the game progresses, with Bayern's style of football seemingly beginning to have a physical toll on Loose's personnel. Die Roten are switching play regardless and looking to really stretch the hosts.
Half an hour remains for Munster to try and get back into this DFB-Pokal tie, but Bayern are looking well in control. The Bavarian giants are happy to retain possession and work the ball upfield patiently. Lewandowski is almost able to slide home a poacher's effort from six yards, but Masuch smothers.
Bayern work a free-kick cleverly, with Lahm dinking a cross into a dangerous area at the back post. With two Die Roten players challenging for it, Masuch does well to punch away the delivery before Bayern can convert their fourth of the afternoon.
Guardiola makes his first change of the game, with Pizarro coming into the fray in place of Shaqiri, who has failed to find his end product for the past two matches he's been involved in. The Peruvian international provides experience and has a knack for finding the back of the net, with such a change certainly not being negative.
Masuch is once again asked to come off his line and deal with a man in behind Munster's back four, with Muller this time denied. The experienced shot-stopper has kept this scoreline respectable for the home side.
A tightly contested second half has changed its complexion following that thunderbolt from Alaba, as Munster are surely out of this game now. Lewandowski shoots on the turn from 25 yards, but directs his low drive straight at Masuch.
Goal David Alaba
GOOOOOOOAL! WHAT A FINISH FROM ALABA! The young Austrian lets fly from range, dipping a devastating strike over Masuch and in off the underside of the crossbar! No goalkeeper was stopping that! Bayern lead 3-0!
Good save from Masuch! The veteran goalkeeper is quick off his line to claw the ball off the boot of Lewandowski, after the former Dortmund striker was set on his way in behind the Munster back four. An even start to the second half thus far.
Kara drives through the heart of the Bayern defence brilliantly, before setting a pass back for Hoffmann! The wide man shoots from 20 yards, but a slight deflection takes it behind for a corner - which is awfully curled directly out of play.
There are no changes for either side, with Bayern looking to start the second period how they finished the first. Lewandowski nearly manages to thread a through ball into the penalty area, but sees his pass hacked away, before a second delivery forward is headed clear at the near post.
We are back underway in the second half! Munster have got it all to do if they are to turn their fortunes around, while Bayern need to show their strength and intentions for the season by starting in style.
Reichwein and Krohne have had a few good chances for Munster, with Neuer equal to anything that the third division side have managed to hit the target with. It hasn't been entirely convincing from Die Roten, but they're clunking into gear. Be sure to rejoin us in ten minutes for all of the second half action!
HALF TIME! Bayern have a comfortable 2-0 lead against Munster in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, courtesy of goals from Gotze and Muller. After a nervy start, the Bundesliga champions are looking to good shape to progress.
Lewandowski tries to feed Muller in behind enemy lines, but an awful pass from the Polish striker is easily cut out. Bayern are sauntering through this game now, with the tempo easing somewhat. Reichwein tries his luck from 20 yards again, but blasts way wide!
Bernat is perhaps struggling slightly, with Hoffmann testing the former Valencia wing-back. He hasn't been too incisive going forward and has looked a little bit weak against the powerful winger. As far as weaknesses go for the Bundesliga champions, he's about as good as it gets for Munster.
Alaba brings Bayern upfield brilliantly, driving through the heart of the Munster midfield, before picking out Muller on the left-hand side. The Germany international feeds Lewandowski, who tries to open up his body and curl an effort inside the far post, but sees his shot blocked!
Narrowly over five minutes remains before the interval, with Munster needing to get back into this contest as soon as possible. They've posed Bayern a few problems, forcing Neuer into a couple of saves in the process, but it's hard to look beyond Die Roten for the victory already.
Yellow Card Xherdan Shaqiri
Muller attempts to hook a lofted through ball into the path of Lewandowski, but the German's pass is far too heavy and Masuch is able to claim with ease. Die Roten stroke the ball around with confidence, before Shaqiri earns himself a yellow card for a cynical challenge.
Masuch makes an unconvincing save, as Lewandowski cuts across the penalty area and lays off a pass for Bernat! The Spaniard strikes the ball straight at the goalkeeper, but the Munster shot-stopper can only parry. Hurriedly, the danger is hacked behind for a corner - which Dante heads narrowly wide of the top right corner.
Bayern are into their stride now, pegging Munster back towards their own goal, making it much harder for Loose's men to break upfield quickly on the counter. Neuer hasn't been troubled for ten minutes or so, as the power balance swings into the favour of the German champions.
The game is already looking beyond Munster, despite only half an hour being played. Zenga tries to whip in an early cross from the left, but Dante puts in an important header to clear the danger. Reichwein is then picked out at the back post brilliantly, but fluffs his lines and slices a volley well wide.
Goal Thomas Müller
GOOOOOAL! MULLER MAKES IT TWO! The Germany international is left with an easy finish, slotting the ball beyond Masuch to double Die Roten's advantage. Lewandowski's one-two with Lahm is half-cleared, before falling to the feet of Muller, who happily applies the finishing touch.
Hoffmann breaks down the right flank well, leaving Badstuber flat-footed as the winger whips in a cross. Boateng is confident enough to leave the ball for Neuer, who claims with ease. Munster's breaks are becoming far less frequent as the visitors get on top.
Muller manages to ghost in behind Muster's defensive line, before setting back a cheeky backheel for Lahm. The Germany international weaves past one challenge, before Heitmeier slides in brilliantly to prevent his man from pulling the trigger!
Muller then crafts some space for an effort brilliantly, pulling off a smart Cruyff turn before exploding infield. He shoots from 18 yards, but drags the ball wide of the near post, with Masuch untroubled. Bayern are beginning to look confident.
Good save from Masuch! Gotze is able to slip an excellent through ball into the path of Lewandowski, who dances past a defender before driving into the box! The goalkeeper comes out to meet him, blocking the Polish striker's first effort, before pouncing on the loose ball!
Despite taking the lead, Guardiola still looks unhappy, striding out to the edge of his technical area to bark out more instructions. It hasn't been a vintage start to proceedings from the Bavarian giants, but an early goal is bound to settle some nerves.
Assist Robert Lewandowski
Goal Mario Götze
GOOOOOOOOAL! MARIO GOTZE NETS THE OPENER! The World Cup winner is able to nod home at the back post, after being picked out fantastically by a cross from Lewandowski! The goalkeeper has absolutely no chance, as the Polish international's delivery was just too precise! Bayern lead 1-0!
The home side load the box, but Hoffmann's attempted cross is far too heavy and loops behind for a goal-kick. Loose's men are not afraid to push forward plenty of bodies, with the third division side making this game a tight contest.
Bayern are starting to settle down and enjoy more of the ball, but appear to lack a final pass. Lewandowski has had no good service, with Munster at the moment able to ask more questions of the opposition goalkeeper.
Reichwein is given another chance to shoot from 20 yards, following good work from Kara. The German striker is caught leaning back, however, meaning that he loops the ball high and wide of the target. Bayern look to break, but Gotze's great square ball is cleared before Muller can turn it home.
Guardiola isn't a happy man at the moment, with Munster looking rather dangerous when counter-attacking. Bayern are yet to get into their rhythm, with their coach reacting angrily to the opposition being able to craft easy opportunities. Loose will be proud of his side thus far.
Munster have managed to navigate their way through the opening ten minutes without conceding and also generating as many clear cut chances as their reputable opposition. The hosts are preying on Bayern's mistakes, before driving upfield with intent. Reichwein shoots from a narrow angle, with Neuer having to get down smartly to turn it behind!
Shaqiri continues to look very dangerous down the right-hand side, skipping past his marker with frightening regularity. At the moment, it appears that the Swiss international is the man to act as the catalyst for Bayern finding their opening goal!
Gotze sees a shot blocked at the near post, after breaking into the penalty box, before the rebounding ball threatens to bounce into Masuch's unguarded net. Schmidt gets across well to head off the line!
Krohne shoots from the edge of the penalty area with his left foot, but the Dutch forward directs his effort straight at Neuer. Bayern have made a couple of rash passes in central midfield thus far, with Munster certainly not looking to merely sit back and absorb pressure.
Shaqiri cuts back a cross from the byline, which is floated into the figure of Lewandowski. The Polish striker rises well, but can only deflect his header onto the roof of the net, with Masuch having his angles covered. Bayern are getting closer!
It is a scrappy start to proceedings for Bayern, but Alaba wins a corner after his shot is charged down. Lewandowski is looking threatening up top, but Die Roten are yet to get into their stride and dominate in terms of possession. Muller flicks a near post set piece delivery wide of the upright.
Hergesell overlaps down the left-hand side, before delivering a cross towards the back post. It is dealt with by Badstuber, who half-clears, before a second clearance is required on the edge of the penalty area to deny two black shirts lurking with goalscoring intent.
We are underway in the first half! Bayern are in their red and blue home strip, while the home side are donning all black. The competitive season has begun for Die Roten!
There is around a quarter of an hour remaining until kick-off, so be sure to stick around for all of the action as Bayern look to click into gear at the start of their competitive season. Munster may be sharper given the fact they are already underway in the 3. Liga, but Die Roten have more experience and quality all over the field.
It appears that Guardiola won't be content with anything but a resounding win this afternoon, given his strong team selection and ultra-competitive nature. Plenty of quality lies in wait on the bench too, with Arjen Robben the main substitute for Munster to fear. Bayern will want to breed their winning mentality once again, following their disappointing performance versus Dortmund.
Bayern substitutes: Robben, Pizarro, Gaudino, Rode, Starke, Reina, Hojbjerg.
Bayern starting line-up: Neuer, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber, Gotze, Lahm, Alaba, Bernat, Muller, Lewandowski, Shaqiri.
Preussen Munster substitutes: Rohe, Kirsch, Amachaibou, Scherder, Pischorn, Siegert, Schulze-Niehues.
Preussen Munster starting line-up: Masuch, Riedel, Schmidt, Heitmeier, Hergesell, Hoffmann, Truckenbrod, Zenga, Kara, Krohne, Reichwein.
TEAM NEWS: Holger Badstuber starts his first competitive game since 2012, given a whole host of injuries, with Jerome Boateng and Dante also featuring in defence due to the long-term absence of Javi Martinez. Mario Gotze may be asked to sit out on the right flank, while David Alaba is given a more central midfield role alongside Philipp Lahm. Robert Lewandowski is again supported by Thomas Muller and Xherdan Shaqiri.
TEAM NEWS: Reichwein and Krohne start up top, with the striking duo only netting one goal between them in Munster's opening four league outings. 21-year-old Erik Zenga is deployed in midfield. There's plenty of third division experience within the hosts' ranks, but few have had the opportunity to try their hand higher up the German football pyramid.
I'm Simon Harrison and I will be keeping you fully informed with all of the action from Preussen-Stadion, as Ralf Loose's team face the seemingly impossible. Die Roten will want to bounce back from their 2-0 German Super Cup defeat at the hands of rivals Borussia Dortmund, with Guardiola naming a very strong side for the trip to Munster.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the start of Bayern Munich's competitive season, as the Bundesliga champions face Preussen Munster in the opening round of the DFB-Pokal. Pep Guardiola's side are away from home, but their first opposition in the tournament ply their trade in the German third division. Plenty is expected of the Bavarians in this one!
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