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    Bayern made to work hard by fifth-tier Noettingen before advancing in German Cup

    Aug 10, 2015
    Michael Schuerg of Noettingen challenges for the ball with Munich's David Alaba in Karlsruhe, southern Germany. AP

    BAYERN Munich and Borussia Dortmund advanced from the opening round of the German Cup, while Hamburger SV was knocked out by fourth-tier side Carl Zeiss Jena.

    Bayern, the 2013 and 2014 cup winner, was made to work hard for a 3-1 win over fifth-tier Noettingen on Sunday in Karlsruhe. Vidal scored from the penalty spot in the fifth minute, one minute before the Chile star was booked for a crunching tackle.

    Niklas Hecht-Zirpel claimed a personal highlight in the 16th by equalizing on the rebound after Bayern 'keeper Sven Ulreich parried his first effort.

    But Mario Goetze cut the amateur side's celebrations short by scoring a minute later and Robert Lewandowski made it 3-1 in the 26th.

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored one and set up another as Dortmund beat third-division side Chemnitzer FC 2-0.

    Jena upset Hamburg 3-2 thanks to Johannes Pieles' extra-time winner.

    Meanwhile, spurred on by Benjamin Lecomte's saves, Lorient held Lyon to a scoreless draw in the French league after Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne started the new campaign with losses.

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    Lyon created the better chances but failed to take them as Nabil Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette hit the woodwork in the first half. Lacazette, the league's top scorer last season, also picked up an apparent back injury and left the pitch with four minutes left.

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    Earlier, Reims scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to upset Bordeaux 2-1 while Saint-Etienne lost at Toulouse by the same scoreline.

    Chasing a fourth consecutive league title, Paris Saint-Germain started with a 1-0 win at Lille on Friday.

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    Michael Schuerg of Noettingen challenges for the ball with Munich's David Alaba in Karlsruhe, southern Germany. AP
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