Posted: Wednesday October 31, 2012 7:18PM ; Updated: Wednesday October 31, 2012 7:18PM

Pizarro leads Bayern into 3rd round of German Cup

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Claudio Pizarro
Claudio Pizarro scored his second goal when he rose to meet Xherdan Shaqiri's free kick in the 58th minute.
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BERLIN (AP) -- Claudio Pizarro scored twice and set up two more goals Wednesday for Bayern Munich to beat second-division club Kaiserslautern 4-0 and progress to third round of the German Cup.

Bayern made nine changes to the team that started in Sunday's 2-1 league loss to Bayer Leverkusen, with Arjen Robben captaining the side in his first full game since recovering from a month out with muscular problems.

"It wasn't an easy stroll, I have to pay the team a huge compliment,'' said Robben, who also scored twice. "They hadn't had much match practice. I'm very proud of the guys.''

The 34-year-old Pizarro opened the scoring in the 12th minute, striking first time after Robben played the ball into his path.

Pizarro returned the favor for Robben to make it 2-0 in the 49th, and the Peru striker scored his second when he rose to meet Xherdan Shaqiri's free kick nine minutes later.

Robben scored Bayern's fourth with two minutes remaining after Pizarro ran at the defense and the ball found its way to the well-placed Dutchman for a simple finish.

Fortuna Duesseldorf striker Nando Rafael scored against former club Borussia Moenchengladbach in the seventh minute of extra time to secure a 1-0 win for the home side.

"It was very important for us, especially because it was a (Rhine) derby,'' said Fortuna goalkeeper Fabien Giefer.

Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler saved two penalties in a shootout to help his side beat second-tier club Dynamo Dresden 4-3. The sides were level at 1-1 following extra time.

"It was a tough bit of work for us,'' said Hannover coach Mirko Slomka. "We'll start training an hour later tomorrow. The players, and fans, can sleep a little longer.''

Wolfsburg secured a 2-0 win over second-division side FSV Frankfurt, with Diego opening the scoring in the 51st and then setting up Bas Dost 10 minutes later.

It was interim coach Lorenz-Guenther Koestner's second win in two games since Wolfsburg parted company with Felix Magath last week.

Earlier, Bayer Leverkusen needed a goal in extra time from Germany forward Andre Schuerrle to overcome third-division club Arminia Bielefeld 3-2.

Third-division team Kickers Offenbach beat second-tier club Union Berlin 2-0 to ensure no sides from the German capital remained in the competition.

Goals in quick succession from Ibrahima Traore and Vedad Ibisevic, and then another from Tamas Hajnal before the break, gave Stuttgart a 3-0 win against second-division club St. Pauli.

Dennis Kempe scored with two minutes remaining to secure a 1-0 win for third-division team Karlsruher SC over second-tier club Duisburg, which had two players sent off.

Defending champion Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and other Bundesliga sides in action Tuesday all overcame lower-ranked opposition to progress.

The third round draw will be made on Sunday.

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