DFB-Pokal: Standard final on tap

The semifinals of the German Cup provided no surprises, and the final that folks want to see is on tap.

Borussia Dortmund defeated Wolfsburg in an exciting encounter. Although the VWs had their chances, they generally were too wasteful, whereas Dortmund was brutally efficient when they needed to be. The Neons were never looking like they would drop this match, despite moments of Wolfie pressure.

Defending Cup winner Bayern München was expected to have an easy time against 2.Liga side 1.FC Kaiserslautern. They did. It was over by halftime. FCK tried their best, but were clearly out of their league. If Bayern had really pressed, it could have turned into a slaughter. Bayern did put out a maximum strength squad., perhaps a reaction to their spanking by Dortmund in their last Bundesliga match. The only theoretical weakpoint was at GK, as youth player Lukas Raeder got the start, as both Manuel Neuer and Tom Starke were out injured. Not that it really mattered.

Both matches were sold out, which is a minor surprise, since Cup attendance is often less than capacity for Bundesliga sides hosting…

Borussia Dortmund   -   VfL Wolfsburg           2:0 (2:0)   80,645 *

                   1:0  H. Mkhitaryan (12., Reus)
                   2:0  Lewandowski (43., Reus)

Bayern München	    - 	1. FC Kaiserslautern    5:1 (3:0)   71,000 *

                   1:0  Schweinsteiger (24., Robben)
                   2:0  T. Kroos (32., Robben)
                   3:0  T. Müller (50., penalty, Robben)
                   3:1  Zoller (60., Dick)
                   4:1  Mandzukic (78., M. Götze)
                   5:1  M. Götze (90. + 1, Ribery)

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