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Lewandowski avoids Bayern embarrassment against amateur team

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates with his teammate Thomas Mueller, left, after scoring the opening goal during the German Soccer Cup, DFB-Pokal,...

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates with his teammate Thomas Mueller, left, after scoring the opening goal during the German Soccer Cup, DFB-Pokal,...

BERLIN (AP) — A fourth-tier team of amateurs held Bayern Munich scoreless for more than 80 minutes before Robert Lewandowski ended chances of an unlikely upset in the first round of the German Cup on Saturday.

SV Drochtersen/Assel, a team from an area of only 11,000 inhabitants in the north of Germany, frustrated the country's top team until Lewandowski's 81st-minute goal finally sent the Bundesliga powerhouse through 1-0.

Another fourth-tier side, Ulm, defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 to send the defending champion out at the first hurdle.

Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim, Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg and Nuremberg all progressed with wins over lower-league opposition.


Updated : 2021-05-06 20:39 GMT+08:00