Jahn Regensburg 0-4 Bayern Munich: Mandzukic ensures straightforward Pokal win

Bayern Munich sealed their progression to the second round of the DFB-Pokal with an easy 4-0 win in their trip to Jahn Regensburg on Monday.

Goals from Mario Mandzukic gave his side a one-goal half-time lead to get the ball rolling, and in the second half, Xherdan Shaqiri netted a spectacular free kick, before the Croatian and Claudio Pizarro added late goals to seal the win.

It took a matter of minutes for Jupp Heynckes’ side to threaten their opponents’ goal as Arjen Robben attempted to slip in Toni Kroos. The Germany international saw the ball taken off his toes, but it broke to Luiz Gustavo, whose driven effort went narrowly wide.

From the resulting corner, Robben chipped in an excellent cross straight to Jerome Boateng, who rose highest, but could only flash a header past Michael Hofmann’s right-hand post.

Muller teed up Ribery after yet more good work from Robben, but the defence threw themselves in front of the Frenchman’s ferocious strike, before the Dutch winger bent a free kick onto the top of the net.

At the other end, Francky Sembolo broke clear, but sent the ball woefully far away from his team-mate, while Sebastian Nachreiner could not manage to latch on to Christian Rahn’s deep free kick.

However, on the half-hour mark, Abdenour Amachaibou managed to send Jonatan Kotzke clear with a through ball, but the midfielder could only send a weak shot straight at Manuel Neuer.

And they were made to pay for their wastefulness. Ribery made some ground down the left in trademark fashion, and pulled the ball across the face of goal to Mandzukic, who notched his second Bayern goal in as many games with a tap-in to secure a half-time lead.

Shortly after the restart, Kroos set up Thomas Muller, but the Germany midfielder could not get enough power behind his shot, leaving Hofmann to make an easy save.

While Bayern had a one-goal advantage, Regensburg continued to look for an in, and although the visitors were in control, gaps in their defence were still apparent.

On one occasion, Jim-Patrick Muller swivelled on the edge of the area, and hooked an effort just wide of Neuer’s post.

At the other end, Shaqiri was a whisker away from extending Bayern’s lead with a neat back-heel, before Bayern finally put daylight between themselves and their opponents.

On the 60-minute mark, Kroos sent a free kick straight into the wall, but after it was adjudged that a defender had handled his effort, Shaqiri stepped up and curled the ball beautifully into the top corner.

After the second goal, the match was in danger of becoming a rout. Robben and Mandzukic exchanged passes on the edge of the box, and although Hofmann spilt the Dutchman’s eventual effort, the ball trickled wide.

With just 10 minutes, Mandzukic struck once more. Shaqiri was at the heart of the move, threading a cunning through ball between the Regensburg centre-backs, and the Croat was there to slot home.

Shaqiri had just enough time to set up a fourth in the closing stages, chipping the ball across the box for Pizarro, who smashed home an emphatic volley to complete the rout.

Bayern coach Heynckes: We've put last season behind us once and for all

Jupp Heynckes has stressed that Bayern Munich have moved on from their disastrous end to the 2011-12 campaign.

The Bavarians missed out on the Bundesliga title, DFB-Pokal and Champions League in dramatic fashion in the decisive stages of last term, but Heynckes has made it clear they’re completely focused on the new season.

“We’ve put last season behind us once and for all. We’ve restored our energy and motivation and we’re aiming at new targets,” Heynckes stated at a press conference.

The Bayern coach then looked ahead to the upcoming DFB-Pokal match versus Jahn Regensburg, and warned his side not to underestimate Monday’s opponents.

“I’m delighted it’s starting up again. Victory would give us a boost for the championship – and we’re going there to win.

“With their fans behind them, Regensburg will play beyond their normal limits, so we have to take them very, very seriously.”

Monday’s encounter kicks off at 20:30CET.

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Martinez would be under 'immense pressure,' says Hitzfeld as Bayern move draws closer

Ottmar Hitzfeld has warned prospective Bayern Munich signing Javi Martinez of the immense pressure that comes with a big-money transfer.

The 23-year-old was part of the Spain squad that won the European Championship in July and has since been linked with a €40m move to the Allianz Arena.

And the former Bayern coach has suggested that the intense scrutiny the player would be under, due to his hefty price tag, will serve to raise expectations on the versatile midfielder.

“Of course, the pressure is immense on such a player. And of course, such a transfer also includes a risk,” Hitzfeld stated to DAPD, recalling the issues of Mario Gomez on his big-money move to Bayern.

“How Martinez will deal with these insanely high expectations will be interesting. [There is] No Sheikh behind Bayern, it is hard earned money.”

Martinez was not included in the Athletic Bilbao squad for their La Liga season opener, which they lost 5-3 to Real Betis.

Thomas Muller is the advertising king of the German national team

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller receives the greatest amount of revenue from endorsements of any player in the German national team.

According to a recent study by Batten & Company, the Golden Boot winner of the 2010 World Cup earned €24.9m in advertising over the past 12 months.

Muller has appeared in commericials for energy company Rewe, but is perhaps most well-known for his starring role alongside Gerd Muller, for a yoghurt that also holds the same name.

It represents a 30 % increase from the 22-year-old’s figure from last year and puts him ahead of both Manuel Neuer (€23.2m) and Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil, who takes home €22.8m.

The study also reveals the attraction of companies to invest their funds in Die Mannschaft‘s younger generation. Borussia Dortmund duo Mario Gotze and Marco Reus have both seen their respective incomes from advertising increase by over 200% in the past year.

However, more established members of the national team have not been as fortunate with Bayern pair Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philip Lahm falling in the rankings.

Del Bosque confident Bayern Munich will have 'plenty of fun' with Martinez

Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque has tipped Bayern Munich’s transfer target Javi Martinez for great things, should the €40 million transfer taking the player to the Bundesliga go through.

The Bavarian giants have fought hard to clinch the Athletic Bilbao midfielder’s signature all summer, and a breakthrough appears to finally have been made, according to reports.

Del Bosque, who included the 23-year-old in his World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 winning squads, has spoken highly of the player, whose tactical versatility has more than once proved crucial for both club and country.

“Javi Martinez is a complete player who can cover any role he wants to on the pitch,” the former Real Madrid coach was quoted as saying to Bild. “I can say Bayern will have a lot of fun with him.”

“He is a born leader best compared to [former France international] Patrick Vieira, likewise covering much ground and solving much of any team’s defensive midfield problems.

“I can only congratulate Bayern if they manage to add him to their team. It will not be like Athletic Bilbao to sell him, but in Germany, he can strive for the very top. He is a great player and a great person.”

Indications of an impending transfer have already surfaced, with Athletic coach Marcelo Bielsa opting not to include the Basque player in the squad set to take on Real Betis in the Europa League finalists’ Primera Division opener.