FRANKFURT, Germany -- Title holder Bayern Munich got two goals from Thomas Mueller to cruise past Hannover 4-1 in the second round of the German Cup on Wednesday.
Bayern beat Hannover in the Bundesliga 2-0 less than two weeks ago and dominated the cup match as well. Mueller opened the scoring in the 17th, Claudio Pizarro doubled the lead in the 27th, before Didier Ya Konan pulled one back for Hannover. But second-half goals from Mueller and substitute Franck Ribery secured Bayern's victory.
Schalke advanced by winning 3-1 at third-division Darmstadt, Hertha Berlin went out against second-division Kaiserslautern 3-1, Eintracht Frankfurt beat second-tier Bochum 2-0 and Freiburg edged Stuttgart 2-1.