Shaqiri stars as Bayern Munich progresses in Cup
Half-time substitute Xherdan Shaqiri scored one goal and set up
two more to help Bayern Munich beat second division Jahn Regensburg
4-0 in the German Cup on Monday.
Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring in the 32nd minute before
Shaqiri’s sweetly struck free kick put Bayern firmly in control on
”We trained at that for the last few days. He was one of the
best taking them, along with Tony Kroos,” Bayern coach Jupp
”He’s a great footballer, he’s a street footballer.”
The 20-year-old Shaqiri set up Mandzukic for the Croat’s second
goal in the 80th, and then set up substitute Claudio Pizarro for
the Peruvian’s first competitive goal on his return to the
Earlier Monday, there were 3-0 wins for second division sides
Dynamo Dresden and Sandhausen over Chemnitzer FC and Energie
Cottbus, respectively, while Simon Terodde scored in the last
minute of extra time to give Union Berlin a 1-0 win over fourth
tier Rot-Weiss Essen.
In Regensburg, Franck Ribery twisted his way past a defender
before teeing up the unmarked Mandzukic to score from point blank
Bayern’s pressure against the well-organized defense finally
paid off when Shaqiri scored with his first shot on goal in a
competitive game for the club following his summer transfer from FC
”I was lucky. The ball went in,” said Shaqiri, whose
competitive debut came with four minutes remaining in Bayern’s 2-1
win over Borussia Dortmund in the Supercup.
A classy pass from the Swiss winger sent Mandzukic through to
round the goalkeeper and score form a sharp angle.
Shaqiri then cut the ball back from the goalline for the
33-year-old Pizarro – who had just replaced Mandzukic – to hammer
the ball home with two minutes remaining.
Bayern has won all three cup ties against its Bavarian rival by
scoring four goals, and progresses to the second round for the 18th
year in a row.
The draw will be made on Aug. 25.
Six Bundesliga teams – Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt,
Nuremburg, Werder Bremen, Greuther Fuerth and Hoffenheim – failed
to progress in the top division’s worst showing in the first round
of competition since the 1987-88 season.
Defending champion Borussia Dortmund and 2011 champion Schalke
progressed with comfortable wins on Saturday and Sunday,