The visitors stormed into a 3-0 half time lead with goals from Schweinsteiger, Ribéry and Toni, while Ribéry also saw Jens Lehmann save a penalty.
Further goals in the second period from Schweinsteiger and Zé Roberto
saw the Bavarians into the quarter finals with a great win over their southern
rivals. A consolation goal from Mario
Gomez proved just that- a mere consolation.
Referee Herbert Fandel got
the game underway inside a packed Mercedes-Benz Arena as Stuttgart looked to stop Cup holders Bayern
in their tracks. Bayern forced an early
corner which saw van Bommel fluff his shot before the home side launched a
quick counter attack with Thomas Hitzlsperger shooting wide.
The first real chance of the
game fell to Bayern on 10 minutes and it really should have resulted in a
goal. Schweinsteiger’s cross from the
right found Martin Demichelis unmarked in the center, but the cent re back sent
his header over the bar when he had the whole goal to aim at.
That miss was quickly
forgotten though on 14 minutes when Schweinsteiger opened the scoring. The midfielder gained possession from Boka on
the right hand side, advanced to the edge of the box, before rifling a shot
across goal and into the back of Jens Lehmann’s net.
1-0 soon became 2-0 two
minutes later with Franck Ribéry finishing off a move he had started himself. The Frenchman attacked down the left, before
bamboozling two defenders with a pass to Zé Roberto. His deep cross was headed back across goal by
Luca Toni to Ribéry who fired home from close range having continued his run
into the box.
A rampant Bayern had the
chance to add a third on 21 minutes when referee Fandel awarded a penalty
following a handball from Ivorian Artur Boka. It seemed a slightly harsh decision, but Ribéry fired his spot kick straight
down the middle where Jens Lehmann was on hand to save.
The first half an hour was
all Bayern with the home side struggling to make an impact on the game. Zé Roberto broke down the right on the half
hour mark before squaring the ball to Luca Toni. Serdar Tasci had to be alert to clear the
Two minutes later and Klose
was denied by the outstretched leg of Mathieu Delpierre after he had been
played in by Zé Roberto. The only real
moment of note for VfB was on 35 minutes when Thomas Hitzlsperger slammed a
direct free kick into the Bayern defensive wall.
Two minutes before the break
and things went from bad to worse for Markus Babbel’s side. Ribéry was once again the instigator with a
direct run at the Stuttgart defense. He released the ball to Luca
Toni at the perfect moment and the Italian had the easy task of firing past
Jens Lehmann from 10 meters out.
Just a few seconds into the
second 45 minutes and Jens Lehmann had to be on his toes to stop Ribéry, who
had broken through on goal. The former
German international keeper had to clear the ball with his head on the edge of
Stuttgart did have the ball in the back of the net on 47
minutes when substitute Ciprian Marica stabbed home from close range after
Michael Rensing had parried a free kick effort from Jan Simak. He was however in an offside position.
The Swabians had started the
second half much more positively, but with a two-goal lead Bayern were content
to sit down a little.
However, the game was then
well and truly put to bed on 55 minutes when Bayern were awarded a second
penalty and Bastian Schweinsteiger dispatched it to make it 4-0 to the
visitors. Zé Roberto broke into the
penalty area and was felled by Lehmann giving referee Fandel little option but
to point to the spot.
A rampant Bayern then added a
fifth goal via midfielder Zé Roberto. Another quick counter from Jürgen Klinsmann’s side saw Ribéry play the
ball to Toni, who laid it onto the Brazilian.
Finding himself free in front of goal, he fired in a left foot shot from
around 14 meters out.
Bayern then sent on American
loan signing Landon Donovan for his Bayern debut with 23 minutes to play. He had hardly been on the pitch for a minute
before he nearly scored a sixth goal for the Bavarians. His shot from a Ribéry pass flew narrowly wide
of the post.
There was a rare bright
moment from VfB on 74 minutes but it was symptomatic of their night that it
went begging. Marica fired in a shot
from the left of the six-yard box, but Michael Rensing pulled off a great
reflex save to put the ball against the bar.
A consolation goal did arrive
for the Swabians six minutes from time with Mario Gomez firing home through the
legs of Michael Rensing from four meters after Lanig had flicked on a corner to
the VfB striker.
0-1 Schweinsteiger (14)
0-2 Ribéry (16)
0-3 Toni (43)
0-4 Schweinsteiger (55)
0-5 Zé Roberto (59)
1-5 Gomez (84)
VfB Stuttgart: Lehmann,
Osorio, Tasci, Delpierre, Boka, Khedira, Hitzlsperger, Hilbert (Marica 46),
Bastürk (Lanig 57), Simak, Gomez
Bayern Munich: Rensing,
Lell, Lucio, Demichelis, Lahm, van Bommel (Ottl 46), Zé Roberto, Schweinsteiger
(Altintop 59), Ribéry, Toni (Donovan 67), Klose
Mathew Burt, Goal.com