Quick-fire goals from Sandro Wagner and Thomas Müller were enough for Bayern Munich to see off fourth-tier Rödinghausen in the DFB Cup second round on Tuesday.
Rödinghausen 1-2 Bayern Munich
Goals: 0-1 Wagner (8’), 0-2 (Müller 13’ pen.), 1-2 Meyer (49’)
Rödinghausen must have feared the worst when Bayern raced into a two-goal lead inside 13 minutes. Renato Sanches was involved in both goals, crossing for Wagner to turn in from close range before winning the penalty that allowed Müller to score his first competitive goal since 1 September. Sanches struck a penalty against the crossbar and Niclas Heimann kept the hosts in the game with strong saves from Leon Goretzka and Müller, but not before Simon Engelmann spurned a glorious opening to haul Rödinghausen back into the game.
Engelmann misfired once again at the start of the second half, but Rödinghausen’s fearless approach was rewarded moments later when Linus Meyer met Kelvin Lunga’s cut-back to halve the deficit. There was to be no giant-killing, however, as Bayern locked down possession for the remainder. David Alaba struck a post, Franck Ribery tested Heimann and Wagner had an effort cleared off the line in what was ultimately a comfortable night’s work for the 18-time DFB Cup winners.
- Bayern have won their last 28 DFB Cup games away from home, last losing to Bayer Leverkusen in a game which was played in Düsseldorf in March 2009.Müller moves into the competition's all-time top ten leading scorers with his 28th DFB Cup goal.Wagner grabbed his first goal of the season, and first since 28 April 2017.Sanches made his eighth competitive appearance and fourth start of the campaign.Bayern defender Rafinha has yet to end a DFB Cup game on the losing side, having made 31 successful appearances in the competition.Rödinghausen is a town of 10,000 inhabitants, while their stadium holds just 3,000 – which is why the fixture was moved 30km away to Osnabrück's 16,700-capacity Stadion an der Bremer Brücke.
Rödinghausen: Heimann – von Piechowski (Kalkan 71'), Flottmann, Velagic, Wolff - F. Kunze, Meyer (Mickels 79') - Lunga (Schlottke 58'), Pfanne, Knystock - Engelmann
Unused subs: Schönwalder, L. Kunze, Serra, Dacaj
Absentees: Steffen, Harder, Hippe (long-term injuries)
Coach: Enrico Maaßen
Bayern: Neuer (c) – Rafinha, Süle, Martinez, Alaba – Thiago (Gnabry 75') – Müller, Goretzka (Kimmich 69'), Sanches, Ribery (Shabani 90') - Wagner
Unused subs: Früchtl, Lewandowski, Jeong, Will
Absentees: Boateng (stomach bug), Coman (ankle), Robben (back), Rodriguez (cold), Tolisso (knee), Ulreich (wife expecting child), Hummels (knock)
Coach: Niko Kovac