Early goals from Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger enabled Bayern Munich to pummel Bundesliga 2’s Kaiserslautern 5-1 in the German DFB-Pokal semifinal at Allianz on Wednesday.
Defending their title from last year and eyeing a 17th DFB-Pokal trophy, Munich earned the right to next face rival Borussia Dortmund in the finals.
Thomas Muller would pad Munich’s lead with a penalty in the 50th minute and his seventh goal in German cup play his season and 28th overall. Mario Mandzukic joined the scoring in the 78th minute, with a powerful strike that zipped across the box and tucked inside the bottom left corner. Mario Gotze would net the match’s final goal in extra time.
Schweinsteiger deflected Arjen Robben’s corner kick with a flying header in the in 23rd minute for the 1-0 lead and the midfielder’s first goal in the German cup in nearly two years.
Clearly keeping all recent transfer speculation off the pitch, Kroos accepted Robben’s second assist of the day at the top of the box and powered a right-footed strike to the bottom right corner of the net and a 2-0 lead.
Earlier in the day Kroos’s agent insisted his client would remain at Allianz until his contract expires in the summer of 2015. Kroos reportedly rejected Munich’s offer of a contract extension in January, and reports suggested he could be tempted by a hefty offer from Manchester United.
Kaiserslautern’s attack showed signs of life late when forward Simon Zoller ricocheted defender Florian Dick’s deep cross for a goal to the bottom right corner in the 60th. The 22-year-old Zoller has scored twice in DFB-Pokal play and 14 times all season.
Next up for Munich is Dortmund, the club they defeated 2-1 in the 2008 DFB-Pokal final. Munich is hoping to secure consecutive trophies for the first time since 2006 and for the third time in club history.