Lewandowski saves Bayern

BERLIN — Mighty Bayern Munich needed a late Robert Lewandowski goal Saturday to secure a 1-0 German Cup win over Drochtersen/Assel, a fourth division village side who had described the occasion as their "game of the century".

In the shock of the day, holders Eintracht Frankfurt, which beat Bayern 3-1 in last season's final, crashed out in the first round with a 2-1 defeat at fourth-division Ulm.

Drochtersen/Assel, captained by a car salesman and featuring a tax advisor and a stonemason, welcomed Bayern to their village of just 11,500 people, north-west of Hamburg.

For the superstars of Bayern, it must have felt like another world as the Bundesliga champion toiled for 81 minutes until Lewandowski struck.

The game was held up for five minutes as the pitch was cleared of toilet rolls and beach balls, thrown by Bayern fans, who made the 800-kilometer trip.

Brazil striker Joelinton hit a hat trick for Hoffenheim, which has qualified for the Champions League for the first time this season, in their 6-1 romp at third division Kaiserslautern.

Davy Klaassen, newly signed from Everton, earned a penalty, which captain Max Kruse converted, on his competitive debut for Werder Bremen in its 6-1 victory at fourth tier side Wormatia Worms. — AFP