Munich - FC Bayern München overcame a stubborn Eintracht Braunschweig side to book their place in the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup courtesy of a 2-0 win on Wednesday night.
Predictably, the Bavarians dominated possession in the first 45 minutes, but a determined effort from the Eintracht rearguard restricted them to few clear-cut chances. Robert Lewandowski missed the best of them when he blazed over from Arjen Robben’s pass, but David Alaba’s brilliant effort off the underside of the crossbar had Pep Guardiola’s men in front just before the interval.
The second half followed much the same pattern, with Torsten Lieberknecht’s side sticking to their task admirably. The Lions barely got out of their own half, however, and their challenge was effectively ended when Mario Götze danced through the defence and finished with aplomb to take the holders into the quarter-finals for the eighth year in succession.
Bayern: Neuer - Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Alaba - Alonso, Schweinsteiger (Rode, 77') - Ribery (Bernat, 62'), Götze, Robben (Müller, 81') - Lewandowski
Braunschweig: Gikiewicz - Kessel (Korte, 46'), Decarli, Reichel, Sauer - Correia - Hedenstad, Boland (Khelifi, 77') - Omladic (Düker, 68'), Zuck - Ryu
Goals: 1-0 Alaba (45’), 2-0 Götze (57’)