Two Robert Lewandowski goals either side of Thiago Alcantara’s 61st minute strike were enough to send Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich into the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal Cup last night at the expense of ten-man VFL Bochum at the Rewirpowerstadion.
In spite of a spirited opening half hour from the home side, currently playing in Germany’s second tier, and a number of early scares for the champions’ makeshift back four, Bayern took the lead courtesy of Lewandowski’s precise low finish from the corner of the box after good work from strike partner Thomas Muller on 38 minutes.
Moments later, World Cup winner Muller had the chance to double his side’s advantage from the penalty spot after Jan Simunek’s clumsy challenge in the penalty area on Arjen Robben and subsequent red card. The German forward however would not add a 22nd goal of the season to his tally, striking his spot-kick at a diving Manuel Reimann.
Muller’s miss would be immediately forgotten however as his intelligent run and sharp cutback from Robben’s clever scooped through pass picked out Thiago for his side’s second shortly after the interval.
Guardiola’s men would make sure of their passage to the next round in second-half stoppage time, Lewandowski netting once again after more good work from the impressive Robben to set up an April semi-final encounter with Werder Bremen.