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Stuttgart get a fright as Bundesliga clubs survive

VFB Stuttgart survived a fright against fourth division Sonnenhof Grossaspach before hitting back to win 4-1 in their German Cup first round tie on Saturday.

Six other Bundesliga clubs emerged unscathed as South American pair Lucas Barrios and Juan Arango scored on their debuts for Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach, respectively.

The first round is a potential minefield for Bundesliga clubs as the seeding system forces them to play one-leg ties away to lower division opponents.

Promoted Mainz became the first victim when it lost 1-2 at fourth division VfL Lubeck on Friday.

Stuttgart was in danger of following course when it fell behind to a Shaban Ismaili goal after 37 minutes at Grossaspach.

However, it hit back with four goals in the last 35 minutes as Thomas Hitzlsperger equalized, Brazilian Cacau put the visitors in front and Czech midfielder Jan Simak added two more.

Argentine Barrios, who made his name by scoring 37 goals in the 2008 Chilean season for Colo Colo, set Dortmund on the way to a 3-1 win at fourth division SpVgg Weiden with a 24th-minute goal.

Venezuela playmaker Arango, signed in the close season from Spain's Real Mallorca, gave Moenchengladbach a 2-1 win at second division FSV Frankfurt.

Lukas Podolski scored in Cologne's 3-0 win over Kickers Emden after having returned to his home club from Bayern Munich.

Felix Magath's first official game in charge of Schalke ended in a 4-0 win over fifth-division team Germania Windeck. Magath led VfL Wolfsburg to the Bundesliga title last season before switching to Schalke.

FC Nuremberg won 3-0 at Dynamo Dresden and SC Freiburg beat Elversberg 2-0 away.


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