Bayern ease past minnows Eintracht
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German giants Bayern Munich booked their place in the second round of the DFB-Pokal as they laboured to a 3-0 win over second division Eintracht Braunschweig.

Germany forward Thomas Mueller played a big role in the victory as he earned two first-half penalties before he hooked in a shot in the 83rd minute to claim a goal of his own.

The spot-kicks Mueller earned with darting runs before being hauled down had earlier been converted by fellow German stars Mario Gomez, after nine minutes, and Bastian Schweinsteiger, on 39 minutes.

While Bayern were rarely tested, it was a far from convincing display from Jupp Heynckes' side, who open their Bundesliga campaign on Sunday at the Allianz Arena against Borussia Moenchengladbach.

We put in a first-class performance and stuck to our plan.
Jupp Heynckes, Bayern Munich coach

"My team looked very confident," said Heynckes. "We put in a first-class performance and stuck to our plan."

Bayern, who were without both star wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, avoided becoming a fifth Bundesliga casualty after Bayer Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg, Freiburg and Werder Bremen all suffered first-round shocks over the weekend.

Leverkusen and six-time cup winners Bremen were both eliminated at the first hurdle on Saturday as Leverkusen, who were Bundesliga runners-up last season, were sent packing by second division newcomers Dynamo Dresden.