Thomas Müller was on target and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting opened his account for Bayern Munich with a brace as the reigning DFB Cup holders progressed to the second round thanks to a 3-0 victory over fifth-tier side FC Düren at the Allianz Arena on Thursday.
Fully aware of the mismatched nature of the tie, Düren played with the freedom of a side with nothing to lose. They even had the first shot of the game after just 22 seconds when Marc Brasnic met a cross from the right, but his header was comfortably saved by Alexander Nübel, who made his debut for Hansi Flick’s side here alongside fellow summer arrivals Bouna Sarr, Marc Roca, Choupo-Moting and the returning Douglas Costa, while academy graduate Jamal Musiala was also handed his full debut. Düren pressed high and aggressively, and although they never seriously troubled Nübel again, they were by no means overrun by Bayern. However, the treble winners’ superior quality ultimately told as the half wore on, with Choupo-Moting scoring the opener from Sarr’s right-wing cross, before Müller doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after Choupo-Moting had been fouled.
To their credit, Düren refused to let their heads hang, even as Bayern began to increase the pressure early in the second half. Musiala was a constant menace, his clever movement and dribbling ability proving too much for the Düren backline to handle, and he was unfortunate not to score a superb goal when he hit the post after beating three defenders. Choupo-Moting was denied by Kevin Jackmuth in a one-on-one, and then had a looping effort cleared off the line by David Putz as Flick's charges endeavoured to put the result beyond all doubt. They eventually did so in the 75th minute when Choupo-Moting collected Sarr's pass on the edge of the box, before turning and placing a superb effort into the top corner. Javi Martinez hit an upright late on with a header from a corner, but it mattered little in the end as Flick's charges rubberstamped their place in the second round.
- There are 142 places between Bayern - fourth in the Bundesliga - and Düren - sixth in the Mittelrhein Oberliga - on the German league pyramid.
- Bayern are record 20-time DFB Cup winners. They have suffered only two first-rounds defeat in the competition's history, losing to TSV Vestenbergsgreuth and TSG Weinheim in 1994/95 and 1990/91 respectively.
- Robert Lewandowski is the first player in history to win a continental treble whilst top scoring in each competition: 34 goals in the Bundesliga, six in the DFB Cup and 15 in the Champions League.
- Choupo-Moting scored three goals in 18 DFB Cup appearances for former clubs Hamburg, Mainz and Schalke.
- Costa, back at Bayern on a season-long loan from Juventus, was part of the team that won a Bundesliga-DFB Cup double under Pep Guardiola in 2015/16.
- Bayern had 17 shots at goal to Düren's six, while they also completed 644 passes and had 72 per cent of possession.
Düren: Jackmuth - Omerbasic, Weber, Sobiech, Becker - Wipperfürth (Mabanza 81'), Putz, Störmann (Sarikaya 81') - Antoski (Matuschyk 53'), Brasnic (Lo Iacono 70'), Simon (c) (Bleja 53')
Unused subs: Taher, Tchakoumi, Bors, Bade
Coach: Giuseppe Brunetto
Bayern: Nübel - Sarr, Süle (Stiller 46'), Boateng, Davies - Martinez, Roca - Musiala, Müller (c) (Dajaku 61'), Costa (Sieb 61', Ontuzans 87') - Choupo-Moting (Arp 77')
Subs: Hoffmann, Senkbeil, Lungwitz
Out: Alaba, Coman, Gnabry, Goretzka, Hernandez, Kimmich, Lewandowski, Neuer, Pavard, Tolisso (all rested), Nianzou (thigh), Richards (calf), Sane (knee)
Coach: Hansi Flick
As it happened!
90' FULL TIME!
Referee Matthias Jöllenbeck blows his whistle and Bayern book their place in the second round. They were the better team overall, and several new signings and youngsters impressed - particularly Choupo-Moting and Musiala - but Düren can return home with their heads held high after giving an excellent account of themselves.
87' ANOTHER SUB FOR BAYERN
Sieb limps off in some pain after seemingly twisting his ankle when landing after going for a header. Hopefully it's nothing serious - he's replaced by Ontuzans.
84' MARTINEZ HITS THE POST!
Jackmuth comes off his line to punch clear the resulting corner but completely misses it. He blocks Martinez's view completely, but the Spaniard still gets a head on it, only to see it ricochet off the base of the post!
83' GOOD SAVE FROM JACKMUTH
Musiala tries to squeeze a shot through the crowded area, aiming for the back post. It's going in, but Jackmuth dives to his left to get his fingertips on it for a corner.
81' TWO MORE CHANGES FOR DÜREN
Mabanza and Sarikaya come on for Wipperfürth and Störmann.
81' ARP ALMOST IN
Dajaku squeezes a ball through the defence towards Arp, who's almost through on goal, but Jackmuth has anticipated the danger and dashes out to gather on the edge of his box
77' IN COMES ARP
Choupo-Moting looks a bit tired and is given a rest by Flick, who brings on Arp up front.
75' CHOUPO-MOTING GETS ANOTHER!
Sarr darts forward and plays the ball in to Choupo-Moting, who has his back to goal on the edge of the box. He holds off his marker, turns and smashes a powerful effort high into the net.
74' CHANCE FOR DAJAKU!
Bayern go three on three as Sieb finds space on the right. He lays it square to Dajaku, who has space to shoot, but he doesn't make a clean connection and Jackmuth saves.
70' NEXT SUB FOR DÜREN
Brasnic is replaced by Lo Iacono
67' DÜREN NOT GIVING UP
The white shirts are still trying to get forward whenever possible, and although they can't get behind the Bayern defence they've had a couple of pops at goal from distance that Nübel has had to watch carefully.
64' MUSIALA HITS THE POST!
Incredible footwork from the teenager, who dribbles past three - yes three! - defenders inside the Düren box before snapping a shot at goal. It beats Jackmuth but hits the outside of the post and bounces clear.
63' PUTZ OFF THE LINE!
Choupo-Moting thinks he's scored his second of the game with a looping effort over the goalkeeper, but Putz scrambles back to clear the ball off the line.
61' TWO CHANGES FOR BAYERN
Müller and Costa are taken off for a breather, allowing youngsters Sieb and Dajaku some playing time.
57' JACKMUTH DENIES CHOUPO-MOTING!
It looks like Bayern are about to get their third as Costa picks a defender's pocket on the halfway line. He sprints forward down the left and lays it off to Choupo-Moting, who only has the goalkeeper to beat. His low shot is well saved by Jackmuth though.
53' DOUBLE CHANGE FOR DÜREN
Simon and Antoski are taken off, with Bleja and Matuschyk coming on.
52' BAYERN TWISTING THE KNIFE
Flick's side are trying to put the game to bed early in this second half and they've got in behind the Düren defence a couple of times in the last few minutes. This time it's Davies on the left, but his cross into a packed box is also cleared. A goal is in the air, though...
49' SUPERB FROM MUSIALA
The attacker accelerates past his marker on the edge of the box and crosses into the middle, looking for Choupo-Moting. The striker can't get a toe on it, but the ball's deflected just wide of the front post by a defender.
47' MORE OF THE SAME
Düren are continuing with their bold approach and create a decent opening after a beautiful switch of play from left to right. Omerbasic plays a one-two to get around Davies and fizzes a ball low across the face of goal, but Nübel is first to it and smothers the danger.
46’ SECOND HALF!
We’re underway again at the Allianz Arena. Bayern have made on change at the break, with academy product Angelo Stiller coming on for Süle. Martinez will drop to centre-back, allowing Stiller to play in central midfield.
Bayern haven't had things all their own way and Düren deserve great credit for playing in such a brave, aggressive manner. However, Bayern's quality has shown through and Flick's men are deservedly two goals to the good at the interval.
44' ALMOST FOR OMERBASIC
The Düren player chases a long ball forward and is in a foot race with Boateng. The Bayern defender just gets their first and goes to ground under the challenge. Omerbasic gets a toe on the ball and prods it into the net past Nübel, but it won't count as the referee blows for a foul.
41' BRIEF OPENING FOR MUSIALA
Costa bides his time on the left, waiting for Davies on the overlap. The Canadian gets to the byline and delivers the ball low into the middle to Musiala, He's well placed to shoot, but just can't get the ball out from under his feet quickly enough and he's soon crowded out by white-shirted defenders.
39' OVER FROM ROCA
Costa's free-kick from the left is headed clear, but only as far as Roca, lurking about 10 yards outside the penalty box. He lets fly with a first-time left-footed drive that whistles over the target.
36' MÜLLER FROM THE SPOT
Müller steps up to take the spot-kick, placing it to his left and sending Jackmuth the wrong way.
36' PENALTY TO BAYERN!
Choupo-Moting is felled in the box by Sobiech, and Bayern have a penalty!
33' BECKER LASHES WIDE!
A cross from the right into the middle isn't properly dealt with and the ball falls kindly to Becker, on the right-hand edge of the six-yard box. He takes a first-time shot from a tight angle, but goes for power over placement and smashes off target.
31' LOVELY FROM MUSIALA
Bayern are pegged back near Davie's left-back position, surrounded by a swarm of white shirts. That is until Musiala arrives. He rides a challenge and switches the play to Sarr in acres of space on the right. The ensuing attack comes to nothing, but it was another impressive moment of skill from the 17-year-old.
28' BAYERN IN CONTROL
Flick's side are keeping possession rather more easily now, the goal having knocked the wind out of Düren's sails a bit. They're still trying to press, but Bayern now just seem to have a yard more room than they did before.
24' BAYERN BREAK THE DEADLOCK!
It had been coming over the past few minutes and now Bayern have their goal. Costa plays a delightful pass behind the defence for Sarr to run on to, and his low cross into the box is met by Choupo-Moting, who pokes it past Jackmuth at full stretch in the middle.
23' SHOT FROM SARR
Musiala instigates a lovely move, twisting past a defender on the left before playing a one-two on the edge of the box with Choupo-Moting. It's worked over to the right to Sarr, whose drilled shot across goal is blocked.
21' IMPRESSIVE PRESSING
Düren have kept Bayern in their own half for a few spells here, pressing high and in numbers to keep them hemmed in. The red shirts are tyring to play their way out from the back, but are losing the ball again quickly under the aggressive tackles in midfield.
18' BRILLIANT STOP FROM JACKMUTH
Davies scurries forward down the left, his pace too much for a couple of defenders. He squares the ball into the middle for Choupo-Moting, who turns and quickly gets a shot away, but it's superbly saved by Jackmuth's foot.
15' WIPPERFÜRTH WINS A CORNER
A nice change of pace from the Düren midfielder on the edge of the boxe and he surges towards the left byline. His cross is cut out for a corner by Martinez, but the effort is met with enthusiastic cheers and applause from the Düren bench.
12' OVER FROM CHOUPO-MOTING
Müller crosses from the right and finds Choupo-Moting in the centre, but his header flies over.
11' HALF-CHANCE FOR MÜLLER
Bayern string together a few passes for the first time this game and all of a sudden they're very nearly in. Some one-touch football on the edge of the box ends with it being slid through to Müller, but a defender just gets a toe in front before he can get a shot away.
7' ENERGETIC FROM DÜREN
Düren are by no means looking overawed or intimidated here and seem to be very much up for the fight. They're sprinting all over the place, not allowing Bayern and time on the ball and forcing errors in midfield. It's impressive stuff, but you wonder how long they can keep it up for...
4' JUST OVER FROM MARTINEZ
Musiala wins a free-kick about 35 yards from goal, slightly left of centre. Costa curls it into the box and finds Martinez, towering above everyone else in the box. He gets a firm header on it, but it goes narrowly over the crossbar.
3' COSTA ON THE RIGHT
The Bayern winger has started on the right wing, with Musiala on the left and Müller central.
1' FIRST SHOT FOR DÜREN
It's a bold start from the lower-league side, who begin energetically and pile bodies forward to press Bayern. A cross from the right finds Brasnic in the middle just 22 seconds in, but he can't get enough power on his header to trouble Nübel.
Here we go!
Both teams are now out on the pitch doing their final stretches before kick-off. Not long to go now.
THE SOBIECH CONNECTION
Düren centre-back Joran Sobiech is the younger brother of former Dortmund, Hamburg, St. Pauli and Cologne defender Lasse Sobiech, who is now on the books at FC Zürich in Switzerland.
Lasse faced Bayern once, while at Greuther Fürth, but lost 2-0 in January 2013 against a side that also included Müller and Martinez.
FLICK TAKING NOTHING FOR GRANTED
As lopsided a tie as this may seem, there is no whiff of complacency from Flick's camp. "For us the only thing that matters is reaching the next round," said the 55-year-old.
"We've prepared ourselves with that objective in mind. Every Düren player will want to raise their game. We need to fight and giving just 90 per cent won't be enough."
TEAM NEWS - BAYERN
We're still waiting for Düren to announce their starting XI, but Bayern boss Flick has already released his. As expected, a number of big stars are rested after their involvement with their national teams during the international break, including Lewandowski, Neuer, Kimmich and Gnabry.
However, there are still plenty of household names on show, with Müller in attacking midfield, and Süle, Boateng and Davies in defence.
There are competitive debuts for summer arrivals Nübel, Sarr, Roca and Choupo-Moting, while 17-year-old acadamy product Musiala - who scored off the bench against Schalke on Matchday 1 - is given his first start. Douglas Costa also make his first start since returning to Munich from Juventus.
The majority of the other first round matches were played over a month ago, but this fixture was rescheduled to give the Bayern players a longer break following their Champions League exertions deep into August.
Thanks for joining us for this DFB Cup first round tie. Stay with us for all the build-up and match action as holders Bayern look to move into the next round.