German Cup: Bayern hammer lowly Wuppertal

January 29, 2008

BERLIN, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Bayern Munich saw off a spirited challenge from third division Wuppertal to reach the quarter-finals of the German Cup with a 5-2 victory on Tuesday.

Bayern, looking a little creaky in their first match back after the six-week mid-season break, led twice in the first half through Miroslav Klose goals only for Wuppertal to hit back each time.

Those goals delighted the 60,000 crowd at the Arena AufSchalke -- where the match had been shifted due to popular demand -- but Bayern snuffed out any chance of an upset immediately after the break.

Daniel van Buyten headed in a Franck Ribery cross in the 50th minute to put the 13-times Cup winners ahead for the third time and Italy striker Luca Toni tapped in three minutes later. Hamit Altintop wrapped things up two minutes from time.

TSV 1860 Munich joined their more heralded city neighbours in the quarter-finals thanks to a stirring comeback against fellow second division side Alemannia Aachen.

Aachen were leading 2-0 and seemingly cruising towards the last eight only for three goals in the last 10 minutes to send Munich through.

Second division 1899 Hoffenheim provided a small surprise, beating Bundesliga side Hansa Rostock 2-1.

Borussia Dortmund were playing at home to Werder Bremen in a later game on Tuesday.

The other four ties are on Wednesday.