Lewandowski stars as Bayern reach Cup semis

Lewandowski stars as Bayern reach Cup semis

17-time German Cup record winners, Bayern Munich, booked a semi-finals date of the DFB Pokal against tricky Werder Bremen, after the Bavarians mauled second division side VfL Bochum 3-0 at the rewirpowerSTADION.

The goal-scoring machine that is Polish international, Robert Lewandowski, hit a double with Spanish midfielder, Thiago Alcantaro, adding another over the 10-man hosts, who had Jan Simunek sent off in the first half.

Earlier on in the game, Munich were not as clinical and it was Bochum who had the better chances. That said, Lewandowski gave the visitors the lead in the 40th minute with their first chance, after a one-two with Thomas Muller. Pep Guardiola’s charges would have doubled the lead in a minute from time, had Muller not seen his penalty saved by keeper Manuel Riemann, after Simunek had been sent off for bringing down Arjen Robben inside the box.

Bayern improved in the second half, and on the hour mark, Muller fed Thiago with a cutback, with the midfielder scoring his first goal of the season. Lewandowski finished off the game in stoppage time, as the 27-year old took his tally to 34 goals in 34 matches for club and country this season.

Elsewhere, it was a close shave for Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin as they booked a semis showdown with Borussia Dortmund after a 3-2 victory at FC Heidenheim. Hertha had gone down early in the 10th minute after Heidenheim defender, Arne Feick scored from a corner kick.

Within 11 minutes of that goal, striker, Bosnian striker, Vedad Ibisevic’s brace ensured the Bundesliga side went into the break with a 2-1 lead. In the 58th minute, Japanese forward, Genki Haraguchi, doubled the capital side’s advantage, only for Marc Schnatterer to score from the penalty in the 82nd minute and give Heidenheim fans some hope. 

Hertha held on for their first semis appearance in over two decades.

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