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

the hour.

”We trained at that for the last few days. He was one of the

best taking them, along with Tony Kroos,” Bayern coach Jupp

Heynckes said.

”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

club.

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

range.

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

Basel.

”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,

respectively.