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April 16, 2013
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: K. Kircher
• Attendance: 71000
M. Mandžukić 17'
A. Robben 35'
X. Shaqiri 50'
M. Gómez 80', 83', 86'
So Bayern are now just four games away from a famous treble. They've negotiated tonight's semi final with some ease and they now have the little matter of getting past Barcelona in the Champion's League semi final. That's it from me tonight, be sure to stick around for reaction and ratings from tonight's action. Until next time, I've been Harry Slavin, goodbye!
FULL-TIME: BAYERN 6-1 WOLFSBURG. I Don't know why anyone would have even of suspected anything apart from this result, but the scoreline still takes some reading. In a cup semi final, Wolfsburg couldn't get near their opponents in the second period and Bayern were rampant. Gomez's late hat-trick suggests a more one-sided match than it was, but make no bones about it, Die Roten thoroughly deserved this.
No stoppage time and Bayern are through to the DFB-Pokal final!
I though we had a genuine semi final on our hands at half-time. More fool me for doubting Schweinsteiger & Co. at the break. They have been rampant.
GOOOAAAALLL!!! AND GOMEZ HAS HIS HAT-TRICK!!! Three goals in six minutes and Mario Gomez has bagged himself a hat-trick. It's a carbon copy of the second goal as the same combination of Schweini and Gomez allows the striker the chance to place beyond the hapless Benaglio once more.
The visitors have capitulated here. It seems to be a common problem for teams at the Allianz-Arena this season. That never makes the scoreline look any better however.
GOOOAAALLL!!! TWO IN THREE MINUTES FOR SUBSTITUTE GOMEZ!!! He's barely been on the field 10 minutes but already he's on a hat-trick. The striker is set free on goal by a sumptuous ball from Schweinsteiger. Steadying himself and steering the ball into the corner beyond Benaglio.
Yellow CardBastian Schweinsteiger
Schweinsteiger is a little overzealous in a tackle on Diego and the German is in the book. He doesn't seem to care though, Bayern's treble is still well and truly on.
GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! GOMEZ SEALS IT!!! Well, that's if it wasn't already sealed. Which in fairness, it probably was. Shaqiri, who has been potent threat all evening, rushes clear and handles the two-on-one opportunity perfectly, waiting for the keeper to commit before sliding to an unmarked Gomez who fires into an empty net.
Wolfsburg are running out of time and ideas here. A couple of speculative efforts have gone wide since they fell even further behind but there hasn't been anything concrete. That doesn't look like changing either.
That was the no.9's last involvement as he makes way for fellow Mario, Mr Gomez.
Mario Mandzukic looks puzzled as he is called up for a foul. The forward plays keepy up in the box for an age as he tries to set himself up for an acrobatic effort on goal but he can't quite work the space. When the ball hits the deck he powers through two defenders but the referee penalises. Like Mandzukic, I'm not quite sure what for!
Bayern make their second change of the evening. Rafinha comes on for the ever-impressive Robben. He gets a standing ovation from the home support, and rightly so.
Final role of the dice from Dieter Hecking. He brings out the double substitution as he brings on Christian Trasch and Patrick Helmes in place of Ivica Olic and Jan Polak.
Wolfsburg are still not quite finished here. They attack once again and Hasebe finds space for a cross on the right. It loops over Neuer but unfortunately for the visitors it drops just over the bar as well.
Bayern flick the switch once more and Robben makes a sudden burst into the box. He has time and space but no support. He does well to retain possession with a few neat touches but by the time he picks out the run of Shaqiri, the Swiss star is crowded out in seconds.
Bayern aren't threatening. But Wolfsburg don't have the ball and these two factors are making for an increasingly predictable result. The fans show their opinion on proceedings by conducting a Mexican wave. That is where the current entertainment is at ladies and gentlemen.
Around 25 minutes left for Wolfsburg to make a contest of this semi. At the moment Bayern have switched back into auto-pilot mode. Wolfsburg need to capitalise.
Jupp Heynckes makes his first change of the night as Thomas Muller makes way for Luis Gustavo. Bayern maybe looking to sure things up a bit now.
Yellow CardJan Polak
Ugly tackle from Polak in the centre of the park on Shaqiri and the Wolfsburg midfielder is rightfully booked.
Dieter Hecking is aware that time is not on his side and he throws on striker Bas Dost for the final 30 minutes in place of right-back Fagner.
Vieirinha gets on the end of another cross and once again does well to keep his volley down. This time though he cannot find the target and the ball whistles past Neuer's post.
There is more than a little hint of injustice in the Wolfsburg camp. They feel they should have had a penalty. There is definitely a tug from Lahm. Whether it was enough to send Vieirinha sprawling in the fashion he did is another matter.
Talking point here! Vieirinha is set away into the box chased by an unrelenting Lahm. The Bayern captain appears to tug the Wolfsburg man back by the arm and the midfielder goes down. The referee decides a goal kick is all that is doing and the visitors are apoplectic. They felt they should have had a spot kick.
Diego's goal may just have been a stay of execution for the visitors. They'll be kicking themselves after their efforts to get back into the tie, Shaqiri had all the time in the world to apply the finish.
Naldo is in the book for a late challenge on goalscorer Shaqiri. Bayern are beginning to look a lot more comfortable now.
There may be a few question marks about the corner there. Muller appeared to bundle Rodgriguez off of the ball to win it, but in truth I think it was a good show of strength from the Munich man. Either way, Bayern have restored their cushion.
GOOOAAAALLL!!! DAYLIGHT AGAIN BETWEEN THE SIDES!!! Muller and Robben work a quick free kick and a stationary Wolfsburg defence give Xherdan Shaqiri too much time on the edge of the area as the midfielder picks his spot and drives the ball into the corner from the edge of the area. Vfl's mountain just became Everest.
Another free kick from an identical position causes a bit more panic as Dante's header heads straight up into the Munich sky. When it comes down the referee blows his whistle, but it's for a free kick rather than penalty as Muller is bundled to the ground.
Wolfsburg win an early free kick in the Bayern half and Ricardo Rodriguez swings it in. Once more the red wall of shirts stands firm.
The second half is up and running with no changes in either side. Hold on to your hats people, This could get interesting yet...
Bayern are looking to progress to their 19th DFB-Pokal final this evening. Unsurprisingly, the German Giants have the most victories in the competition's history, winning the trophy 15 times. Their opponents tonight however, have never won it, appearing in the final only once.
This game was in real danger of being over by the break. Thanks to Diego's piledriver though, we have a second-half to look forward to. Bayern haven't dominated and Wolfsburg have created chances. Can they come out fired up for the second period?
HALF-TIME: BAYERN 2-1 WOLFSBURG. It looked seconds before the break as though Jupp Heynckes' side had already booked their place in the DFB-Pokal final thanks to early strikes from Mandzukic and Robben. But Diego's thronker ensures we could be in for a pulsating second forty-five.
GOOOAAALL!! HOPE FOR WOLFSBURG!!! What a hit this is!! Wolfsburg manage to work the ball from left to right in their last attack of the half. Diego looks like he's in a better position to shoot when he picks up the ball but the Brazilian thwacks an unstoppable effort goalwards that has Neuer flapping at thin air as it sails into the top corner. Game on for the second half!
Chances at either end as this game becomes more stretched. Arjen Robben shimmies his way to the edge of the VfL area before trying one of his trademark curlers that sails just wide. Meanwhile a cross from Rodriguez at the other end deflects into the path of Vieirinha who volleys straight at Neuer.
The visitors are still going for it here. Naldo lines up a free kick from way out and goes for the Roberto Carlos-esque run up. It doesn't come off though as it clips the wall and is cleared away.
I think a lot of people in the stadium have decided that Bayern's second is a very big goal. Or at least there fans have. There's a greater buzz around the stadium and their was a release of relief when Robben prodded home the second. They maybe feel their already in the final. They may be right.
It looks like game over here but it was nearly game back on. Rodriguez swings in a corner for the visitors and Naldo rises above everyone to head towards goal. The header has Neuer beaten but he breaths a sigh of relief as he watches it go inches past his left-hand upright. Close.
GOOOAAALLL!!! ROBBEN DOUBLES THE LEAD FOR FCB!!! All Wolfsburg's promise in this opening period looks to have been undone here. A sloppy pass out of defence picked off by Shaqiri and the Swiss star bursts through the Wolfsburg half before playing in Arjen Robben who slides home from inside the area. Big cushion for the hosts.
The full-backs are having a lot of joy for Wolfsburg. This time it's Rodriguez who comes forward and looks to shoot from range. His effort takes a nick off Bastian Schweinsteiger however and it bobbles through to a grateful Neuer.
Fantastic break from Fagner! The left-back nips in ahead of Mandzukic to collect Dante's long pass and he drives at the Munich defence, sending them back towards goal. The defender makes it all the way into the area before letting fly but his effort hits the legs of Dante and runs through to Neuer. A little warning for the hosts.
Dante is now off the field receiving treatment. The home side have been in the wars a bit early on as their opponents try and make their mark. It looks like the giant Brazilian stopper is needing treatment on his chin.
The crowd is a little quiet in Munich this evening. It's probably the tension and nerves that come with any semi final but it could be down to the fact Bayern don't seem their usually fluent-selves. Even the early goal hasn't entirely settled them.
The ball is still in the Bayern half and it's still with the visitors. They have a free kick that is delivered high into the area by Diego, but no Wolfsburg player is able to get close to it. You get a feeling that they just need to capitalise on this pressure.
I don't think I've seen this many times at the Allianz this season. Dieter Hecking's men have the home side pinned in their own half and for the past five minutes, since the goal, they've barely seen the ball! Can Wolfsburg capitalise?
Almost an equaliser! Wolfsburg mount an attack themselves and almost hit back immediately. Rodriquez breaks clear down the left and swings in a cross that Neuer can only punch to the feet of Hasebe. The midfielder's first touch is poor though and it allows defenders to get back and block his effort behind for a corner.
Mandzukic is back on the field after a bout of treatment. It was fairly innocuous but it was enough to stop the no. 9 from celebrating.
GOOOAAAALLL!! MANDZUKIC SCORES BUT AT A PRICE!!! Well, they might be a little ruffled now. Bayern Munich take the lead with a beautiful flowing counter that rips through the Wolfsburg defence. Shaqiri breaks and slips in the galloping Robben who doesn't even need to take a touch before slipping it inside for an unmarked Mandzukic. The striker converts from close range but he takes a knock from Madlung in the aftermath.
It hasn't been this most comfortable opening quarter of an hour Die Roten have experienced at the Allianz-Arena this season. They've created the one clear cut opportunity for Schweinsteiger but apart from that their visitors look unruffled.
For the second time in the early stages Robben plays one of his team-mates in behind the Wolfsburg back line. This time it's Muller but the cross can't find its target this time around.
Mario Mandzukic will be one of Bayern's biggest threats this evening and Wolfsburg know that. They've marked him tightly early on and Naldo makes sure the frontman knows he is there with an early foul.
Wolfsburg are quick to respond with an attack of their own. Diego finds space down the left side and tries to drill in a cross towards Olic in the centre. Manuel Neuer is aware of the danger though and snaffles the ball before it reaches the Croatian.
It's very quickly one-all in the personal battle down Bayern's right flank and very nearly one-nil on the scoresheet! Robben turns Rodriguez inside out and releases Philipp Lahm into the area. His cross finds Bastian Schweinsteiger at the front post but the midfielder's volley is inches wide.
Arjen Robben turns on the afterburners for the first time this evening but they can't take him past Ricardo Rodriguez on this occasion. one-nil to the left-back in their personal dual.
Can anyone see past a Bayern victory this evening? Can Dieter Hecking's men derail the Die Roten treble train? As always I want to hear from you. Get in touch using the chat box on the right-hand side or, alternatively, tweet in to @harryslavin.
Knut Kircher blows his whistle two signal the start of the first DFB-Pokal semi final. What do Bayern and Wolfsburg have in store for us then?
Hands are being shaken, flags are being waved frantically and chants are being sung, loudly. It's almost semi final time!
Jupp Heynckes is near enough strangled by one of the opposing coaches in the tunnel as the teams wait to come out! It was meant to be a warm embrace, I think.
Wolfsburg prepared for tonight's fixture with a disappointing draw with league strugglers Hoffenheim. They will need their stand out players. such as Ivica Olic and Diego, to be on top of their game this evening.
A host of changes for Jupp Heynckes' side after their Nurnberg victory including the reintroduction of captain Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Mandzukic up front. David Alaba misses out tonight with a stomach virus.
WOLFSBURG: (4-2-3-1) Benaglio; Rodriguez, Naldo, Madlung, Fagner; Medojeciv, Polak; Hasebe, Diego, Vieirinha; Olic.
FC BAYERN: (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Lahm, van Buyten, Dante, Contento; Martinez, Schweinsteiger; Robben, Müller, Shaqiri; Mandzukic.
Jupp Heynckes' was accused of fielding a 'B team' in his side's 4-0 victory over Nurnberg at the weekend. That was a side that still included Mario Gomez, Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri. He's showing no let up with his selection tonight though. Let's get the team news ahead of kick-off.
Bayern Munich have proved unstoppable in every competition so far this season. They've already sewn up one leg of their treble and last week they took a giant step towards the Champions League crown after securing a safe passage into the semi final. Tonight, their attentions fall on the possibly less glamorous, but no less important DFB-Pokal semi-final against VfL Wolfsburg. I'm Harry Slavin and I'll be with you for every kick, every tackle and every goal from tonight's action.
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