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Hannover stunned, Mainz sacks coach after Cup defeat

DEFENDING champion Werder Bremen eased into the second round of the German Cup by beating second-division side Union Berlin 5-0 on Sunday, while Hannover was embarrassed 1-3 at fourth-division club Eintracht Trier.

Bayern Munich won 3-1 after a scoreless first half at sixth-division team Neckarelz thanks to two goals from new striker Mario Gomez.

Hannover became the second Bundesliga team to be knocked out in the first round after Mainz, which lost 1-2 at fourth-division team Luebeck on Friday.

Gomez scored his first two goals for Bayern since arriving from Stuttgart during the offseason. Hamit Altintop completed the scoring against the amateur side that finished the match with 10 men.

It was Bayern's first win in a competitive fixture under new coach Louis van Gaal, who picked Michael Rensing to start in goal. Rensing, seen as the successor to Oliver Kahn, had been relegated to the bench by previous coach Juergen Klinsmann, who was fired last season.

But Rensing made a mistake as Neckarelz scored with 10 men with 10 minutes remaining.

The match was played before 30,000 at the stadium in Sinsheim, usually used by Hoffenheim. Neckarelz had the hosting right and chose to play at a stadium with six times the capacity of its own field.

New signing

Werder forwards Boubacar Sanogo and new signing Marcelo Moreno each scored twice and defender Naldo added another. Werder led by three goals inside the first 30 minutes.

Hoffenheim won 2-0 at fourth-division club Oberneuland after second-half goals from Chinedu Obasi and Maicosuel. Striker Vedad Ibisevic, who led the Bundesliga in scoring last season before injuring his knee, made his official return but did not score.

Two other Bundesliga teams also advanced.

Eintracht Frankfurt beat third-division neighbors Kickers Offenbach 3-0 and Bochum won 1-0 at Lotte, another fourth-division club.

Caio, a Brazilain midfielder, set up one goal and scored another for Frankfurt.

Meanwhile, newly promoted Bundesliga side Mainz fired coach Joern Andersen after its embarrassing German Cup loss.

Mainz returned to the Bundesliga after two seasons in the second division.

Christian Heidel, a Mainz director, said the 46-year-old Norwegian coach was fired because communication between the players and Andersen had broken down. Thomas Tuchel, the 35-year-old coach of Mainz's junior team, was named as Andersen's successor.

Mainz players complained about Andersen's hard training methods, saying they resulted in 14 players getting injured during preparations for the season.

Mainz begins its Bundesliga campaign on Saturday at home against Bayer Leverkusen.


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