The defending champions defeated second division club Kaiserslautern by 5-1 in yesterday’s semifinal. Goals scored by Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Mueller, Mandzukic and Mario Goetze saw Bayern force their way into the final. Sriker Simon Zoller scored the consolation goal for the Kaiserslautern in the 60th Minute.
This is the third consecutive German cup final for the Bavarians. The semi final win saw them coming back to winning ways after back-to-back Bundesliga defeats. Earlier Kaiserslautern had knocked out Bundesliga side Bayern Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin on their way to the semi-final.
Bayern will hunt for revenge against Dortmund as they defeated the Bavarians 3-0 in the League last Saturday, in a repeat of last season’s Champions League final.
Bayern Munich enjoyed seventy percentage of the possession and had a clear cut advantage over the ‘Red Devils’ of Kaiserslautern and they used it to convert into goals. German international midfielder Schweinsteiger gave 1-0 lead for the current European champions in a header from a corner by Arjen Robben in the 24th minute of the match.
Kroos made no mistake in creating the 2 goal lead for the host at the Allianz Arena on 32nd minute and the score remained same until the break. Muller converted a spot kick to provide the hosts 3-0 lead when Robben was fouled by Kaiserslautern defender Chris Loewe in the fiftieth minute.
Kaiserslautern striker Simon Zoller headed a consolation goal for the Red Devils on the 60th minute, however, the Croation international Mandzukic headed the host fourth from a Goetze cross to finish any hopes of a fight back on seventy eight minutes into the match. Goetze completed the score line for the home side before the ultimate whistle by over coming an off-side entice.
It was poland international Lewandowski ,who hits his 100th goal for Dortmund as they cut past VFL Wolfsburg 2-0 in the alternative semi final on Tuesday night.Goals by Lewandowski and Henrikh Mkhitaryan helped the ‘black and yellows’ to reach in the final.
Robert Lewandwoski will be the key problem for the Bavarians when they face Dortmund as they must have to stop the Poland international ,who will join the Bavarian giants at the end of the season. He scored a hat-trick in the 2012 final when Dortmund had thrashed Bayern 5-2.
“I want to win another title here – that’s vital for me,” the Poland international told the Bundesliga’s official web site. “I’m going to fight to the very last minute for Dortmund.”
Dortmund has been eliminated from Champions League and are not challenging Bayern’s claim to the Bundesliga title even though there are seven more rounds to be played. Yet, one believes that the ‘Black and Yellows’ still have the strength to beat Bayern Munich as they did it a week ago.
So, it is going to be an end to end fight come 17th May and it is difficult to predict the outcomel.But one has to concede the fact that odds are stacked heavily against Borussia. My prediction would be 1-0 narrow win for Bayern Munich.