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FCB silence critics with comfortable win

Bayern versus Nürnberg has tended to follow a remarkably similar pattern in recent years: the Reds’ Bavarian rivals give an excellent account of themselves, but Bayern run out winners. So it came to pass in Wednesday evening’s DFB Cup second round tie. “Comfortable,” Bayern general manager Uli Hoeneß summarised after the Cup holders defeated the second division side 2-0 at the Allianz Arena to book a place in the last sixteen.

“We’ve watched a serene victory for our team over a very good Nürnberg side,” Hoeneß continued. Four days after losing 5-2 on the same ground in the Bundesliga against Werder Bremen, the home team “clearly sought to make amends for the weekend disaster, and I think it went very well,” the board director said.