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Borussia Dortmund lead winners in German Cup

Borussia Dortmund have overcome determined lower-league opposition to ease into the second round of the German Cup. They've been joined by a host of fellow Bundesliga clubs on a day that featured no upsets.

Goals from Kevin Grosskreutz, Marvin Ducksch and Robert Lewandowski lent an inflated look to the final score Saturday, with fourth-division club Wilhelmshaven proving a tough prospect for Dortmund to get past.

Wilhelmshaven - in front of a packed Jade Stadium - stifled Dortmund for much of the match by allowing them little space in the front third.

Dortmund still had their chances. Defender Neven Subotic headed just wide before halftime and new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a handful of opportunties, while coach Jürgen Klopp will still be wondering how Marco Reus' free-kick or the follow-up header from Robert Lewandowski did not result in a goal on 64 minutes.

But Wilhelmshaven's efforts eventually wilted in the summer heat, and Super Cup winners Dortmund eventually found the goals they desired.

Hoffenheim, Leverkusen advance

Hoffenheim posted the most impressive scoreline of Saturday's earlier fixtures, smashing minnows Aumund-Vegesack 9-0. All of Hoffenheim's goals came in the second half, with Roberto Firmino, Anthony Modeste and Sven Schipplock claiming doubles.

Bayer Leverkusen had their own comfortable win. The 1993 German Cup champions suffered a rude shock when Lippstadt's Benjamin Kolodzig took just one minute to cancel out Lars Bender's early opener, but - led by the impressive attacker Sydney Sam - Leverkusen recovered to stroll to a 5-1 win.

Ingolstadt, Kaiserslautern, Energie Cottbus, Bochum, Aalen and Cologne all progressed to the second round at the expense of lower-ranked opposition, while Mainz bundled out Fortuna Cologne 2-1 courtesy of Maxim Choupo-Moting's superb individual effort in the 87th minute.

Freiburg avoided a potential upset by defeating Neustrelitz 2-0, but needed extra-time to do so.

Wolfsburg, the final Bundesliga side to play on Saturday, beat second-tier Karlsruhe. Substitute Marcel Schäfer's stoppage time goal sealed the 3-1 victory.

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