SV Rodinghausen 1-2 Bayern Munich: Bundesliga champions made to work by fourth division side in German Cup as they progress to third round
- Bayern Munich narrowly beat fourth division side SV Rodinghausen on Tuesday
- The Bundesliga side went 2-0 up through Sandro Wagner and Thomas Muller
- Renato Sanches then missed a penalty on 23 minutes in a dominant first half
- But the minnows hit back early in the second half to make it a contest again
- Striker Linus Meyer was in the right place to poke past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
Champions Bayern Munich were made to work hard before edging amateurs SV Roedinghausen 2-1 on Tuesday to advance to the German Cup third round.
Missing half a dozen players through illness or injury, Bayern were far from their best against their fourth-division opponents on a rainy and cold evening in east Westphalia and had to endure a nervous finale before booking their spot in the next round.
Quick goals from Sandro Wagner in the eighth minute and Thomas Mueller, who scored with a penalty five minutes later, put the visitors in the driving seat.
Bayern Munich made hard work of their German Cup tie against fourth division Rodinghausen
Sandro Wagner, in for Robert Lewandowski, opened the scoring as Bayern raced out the blocks
The Bundesliga side’s dominant start continued when Thomas Muller made it 2-0 from the spot
It was the dream – if expected – start for Bayern given the gap in the leagues between the teams
Bayern, second in the Bundesliga, were awarded a second spot kick in the 22nd minute but Renato Sanches’ effort bounced off the crossbar.
The hosts cut the deficit four minutes after the restart with Linus Meyer beating Rafinha to connect with a cross as the home crowd erupted in wild celebrations.
Franck Ribery had a rare chance in the second half but his low drive was palmed wide by keeper Niclas Heimann as Bayern took their foot completely off the gas and looked short of ideas and Roedinghausen pressed for an equaliser.
Renato Sanches took responsibility for the second penalty but crashed it against the bar
The second half was a momentum shift as the minnows scored courtesy of striker Linus Meyer
The Bavarians, who have now won four matches in all competitions after a four-game winless run, may have to make do without Thiago Alcantara in the coming matches after the Spaniard suffered a leg injury.
Fellow Bundesliga clubs Hertha Berlin and VfL Wolfsburg also advanced by beating Darmstadt 98 and Hanover 96 2-0 respectively.
Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund host second tier Union Berlin on Wednesday.
The stadium erupted as the squad had been written off against the might and stature of Bayern
Despite the defeat it was a proud evening for SV Rodinghausen manager Enrico Maassen
GERMAN CUP MATCH FACTS
SV Rodinghausen (5-3-2): Heimann; Flottmann, Velagic, Knystock, F Kunze, Wolff; Meyer (Mickels 87), Von Piechowski (Kalkan 71), Pfanne; Lunga (Schlottke 59), Engelmann.
Subs not used: Schonwalder, Dacaj, Serra, L Kunze
Goals: Meyer (50)
Booked: Flottmann, Velagic, Schlottke
Bayern Munich (4-1-4-1): Neuer; Rafinha, Martinez, Sule, Alaba; Thiago (Gnabry 75); Goretzka (Kimmich 69), Sanches, Muller, Ribery (Shabani 90); Wagner.
Subs not used: Fruchtl, Will, Woo-yeong, Lewandowski
Goals: Wagner (8), Muller (13)
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