Bayern humiliate Stuttgart in German Cup

January 28th, 2009 - 1:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Bayern MunichHamburg, Jan 28 (DPA) Title holders Bayern Munich advanced into the quarter-finals of the German Cup football with an emphatic 5-1 victory at VfB Stuttgart.They were joined in the round of the last eight by Schalke 04, who won 4-1 at third division Carl Zeiss Jena, SV Hamburg, 3-1 winners against 1860 Munich and second division Mainz 05, who won 3-1 at fellow second division club SC Freiburg, Tuesday.

In Stuttgart, Bayern could even afford the luxury of missing a penalty - saved by Jens Lehmann against Franck Ribery - and missed a number of opportunities that could have made the score even higher.

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger opened the scoring in the 14th minute, before Ribery added a second just two minutes later.

The French international should have made it three for his side in the 21st minute when Bayern were awarded a penalty, but Ribery tried to outwit Lehmann by hesitating with his run-up, but the goalkeeper was equal to the challenge and had a simple task holding on to the ball that was gently lobbed at him.

Italian striker Luca Toni did better a minute from the break when he gave his side the third goal and all but killed off any chances Stuttgart had of coming back into the game.

It took the visitors just ten minutes in the second half to add to their score when they were awarded a second penalty, which Schweinsteiger converted.

On the hour Brazilian international Ze Roberto scored a fifth for his side, before Mario Gomez found a consolation goal for Stuttgart late in the game.

Schweinsteiger said that it was a good way to start the second half of the season. “All players were really eager to do well. We are on a good way, but we can do even better. It was important that we scored early goals and I am certain that we will do well in the competition.”

Stuttgart captain Thomas Hitzlsperger said that it was a very disappointing evening. “We need to put this behind us very fast, otherwise we will not manage to come forward in the Bundesliga.”

In Hamburg Croatian international Ivica Olic was the hero for his side against second division club 1860 Munich as he scored a hat-trick.

1860 Munich goalkeeper Philipp Tschauner gifted the home side the opening goal just before the break when his pass to Mathieu Beda, was intercepted by Piotr Trochowski, whose ball found Olic.

Although the striker was in an offside position the referee allowed play to continue and Olic made no mistake in pushing the ball past Tschauner.

Olic, who will be moving to Bayern Munich at the end of the season, added two more late in the second half to give his side a comfortable victory.

Daniel Bierofka scored for the visitors two minutes from the end.

Schalke were in control at third division club Carl Zeiss Jena from early on after Jefferson Farfan scored with a back-heel in the 14th minute.

The Peruvian scored his side’s second in the 66th minute, before Andre Schembri pulled one back for the side from Eastern Germany two minutes later.

Any hopes Jena had of coming back into the game were dashed three minutes later when Ivan Rakitic made it 3-1 for the Bundesliga side, who then had German international Gerald Asamoh sent off.

Jena were also reduced to ten men when Marco Riemer was red carded for a foul as last man.

Schalke substitute Kevin Kuranyi scored his side’s final goal two minutes into injury time.

Mainz, who are leading the second division and look on course to return to the Bundesliga, were impressive in the second half and deserved their victory at Freiburg.

Markus Feulner twice played provider as he feed Niko Bungert two minutes after the restart, before feeding Ivorian striker Aristide Bance for a headed goal in the 65th minute.

Pavel Krmas gave the home side a glimmer of hope with 19 minutes to goal as he pulled one back for Freiburg, but when they were pushing forward for an equalizer, Elkin Soto put his side into the quarter-finals with a third goal for Mainz.

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