Two goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger were enough to see Bayern progress to the third round of DFB Pokal at the expense of Werder Bremen.Werdern Bremen were unable to avenge last season's DFB Pokal final defeat to Bayern Munich as the Bavarians edged a 2-1 thriller at Allianz Arena. Claudio Pizarro gave the away side the lead after 90 seconds but Bastian Schweinsteiger scored a double to fire Bayern to the third round of the cup.
The away side made a blistering start to proceedings as they opened the scoring after only 90 seconds. Marko Arnautovic caught the home team's defense off-guard as he stormed down the left-wing before playing a low ball into the box. Ex-Bayern striker Claudio Pizarro was on hand to divert the ball past Hans-Joerg Butt with his outstretched knee for the opening goal of the game.
Shortly after the goal die Roten established themselves as the possession side and came close to equalizing on 20 minutes. A marauding run down the wing by Philipp Lahm saw the right-back play a ball into the Bremen box. However it took a slight deflection off Mikael Silvestre and Sebastian Mielitz was forced to acrobatically tip the dipping ball over the bar.
Five minutes later die Gruen-Weissen missed a glorious opportunity to extend their lead. A Silvestre corner was met by an unmarked Sebastian Proedl but somehow the Austrian managed to miss the target when it looked far easier to score.
Yet Bayern were back in the tie in the 27th minute through an unconventional goal from Bastian Schweinsteiger. Hamit Altintop was able to whip in a cross from the right byline. Toni Kroos was unmarked in the box but managed to completely mis-hit the ball. The ball fell to Schweinsteiger six yards out as Silvestre inexplicably played him onside.
The home side started the second half in the ascendancy and came close to taking the lead for the first time on 53 minutes through Altintop. The versatile Turk cut in from the right and drove a low effort which forced Mielitz to tip the ball past the post.
On 59 minutes Bremen came very close to scoring their second. The impressive Arnautovic slipped Wesley through on goal. The Brazilian midfielder looked set to score but for a brilliant last-ditch challenge from Anatoliy Tymoschuk who somehow managed to direct the ball narrowly wide.
From the resulting corner Proedl beat Holger Badstuber in the air to head into an empty net after Butt had gone walkabouts. However the goal was disallowed as the Austrian was adjudged to have pushed his Bayern counterpart, a decision that looked very harsh on replays.
The away side continued to dominate and on 64 minutes Arnautovic slammed a 35 yard free-kick off the rooted Butt's bar. Three minutes later the 21-year-old stormed past Tymoschuk but dragged his effort wide of the Bayern goal.
On 74 minutes Bremen were left to rue their missed chances when Schweinsteiger scored his second of the game and what a goal it was. The midfielder picked the ball up 35 yards out and rifled in an unstoppable effort into the top-left corner of the 'keeper's net.
The goal took the wind out of Bremen's sails as they were unable to conjure the much needed leveler. Both sides return to Bundesliga action this weekend with Bayen entertaining Freiburg on Friday evening and Bremen hosting Nuernberg Saturday afternoon.
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