New signing Joao Cancelo made an immediate impact when he scored the opening goal in Bayern Munich’s 4-0 win at Mainz in Wednesday’s German Cup round of 16, their first win of the year after three Bundesliga draws.
Portugal’s Cancelo, who arrived from English champions Manchester City on Tuesday, set up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for the opener in the 17th minute.
Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane added two more before the break before Alphonso Davies sealed things up in the 83rd minute as Bayern ended their result slump in style.
Defending champions RB Leipzig beat Hoffenheim 3-1 to reach the quarter-finals for the fourth time in five years in a match overshadowed by a medical emergency involving a fan.
Union Berlin and VfB Stuttgart reached the round of 16 on Tuesday, with the remaining four bottom 16 matches being played next week.
20 cup winners Bayern started well in Mainz and led on 17 minutes when Cancelo’s long cross found Choupo-Moting at the far post from a tight volley.
Musiala made it 2-0 at the right post on the half-hour mark against Thomas Müller, who equalized with former goalkeeper Sepp Maier in a club record 63 matches in the competition.
Choupo-Moting set up Sane in the net to make it 3-0 in the left corner in the 44th minute. Davies went home for the final score, amid sendings for Mainz manager Bo Svensson and midfielder Alexander Hack.
“It was an important win. We showed from the start who wants to win the game. We had a dominance that we lacked in previous games,” Monaco midfielder Joshua Kimmich told Sky TV.
In Leipzig, Emil Forsberg opened the scoring from the left post in the eighth minute, and Konrad Laimer made it 2-0 in the 41st minute when he turned away from a defender and fired a low shot into the far left corner.
Kasper Dolberg revived Hoffenheim’s hopes with a 76th-minute header, but Germany striker Timo Werner sealed things with six minutes remaining. Hoffenheim’s Stanley Nsoki was sent off shortly after for a second bookable offence.
Leipzig have extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 17 games, while Hoffenheim are winless in nine games.
“It was a deserved win. We were focused and scored some good goals,” said Forsberg. “We are doing well and we must continue on this path.”
The mood was subdued as supporters refrained from chanting and chanting after the news that a fan had collapsed in the stadium entrance before the match started.
“A fan who attended the match had to be revived before kick-off and was taken to hospital. Our prayers are with them,” the club tweeted, with no further news available.