Bayern and Hertha Berlin advance

Bayern München and Hertha Berlin are through to the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal after respective wins over Bochum and Heidenheim on Wednesday night.

Thomas Muller was instrumental in Bayern Munich’s 38th minute opener against 2. Bundesliga side Bochum. The forward drew several defenders before laying the ball off for Robert Lewandowski in the penalty area, and the Poland international slid the ball into the back of the net with an accurate finish.

Shortly before half time Jan Simunek was sent for an early shower – just 13 minutes after being introduced as a substitute for the injured Timo Perthel – for a clumsy challenge on Arjen Robben in the home side’s box to give away a penalty. However, Manuel Riemann pulled off a tremendous save to deny Muller from the spot.

Bochum were unable to make Bayern pay for the miss as they continued to struggle playing with a man down.

Thiago Alcantara added a second goal for the visitors in the 61st minute as he got on the end of a Muller cross to bury the ball past a helpless Riemann, and Lewandowski sealed an emphatic 3-0 win – and his side’s passage into the semi-final – in injury time with a simple close range finish after some good work by Robben on the wing.

In the early match, Heidenheim took a shock 1-0 lead against Hertha Berlin in the 10th minute through Arne Feick before Vedad Ibisevic scored in the 14th and 21st minutes to complete a first half brace and help the Bundesliga side into a 2-1 lead at the break.

Genki Haraguchi effectively secured his side’s passage into the final four in the 58th minute when he made the score 3-1, though Heidenheim’s Marc Schnatterer scored an 82nd minute penalty to briefly threaten a comeback.

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