Summary

  • Müller with both goals at the Allianz Arena.
  • David Alaba own goal ruled out for foul.
  • Bayern to face either Dortmund or Hertha in final.

Thomas Müller got the goals as FC Bayern München booked their place in the 2016 DFB Cup final with a hard-earned 2-0 win over SV Werder Bremen.

FC Bayern München 2-0 SV Werder Bremen

Goals: 1-0 Müller (30'), 2-0 Müller (71')

Fourteen rungs on the ladder stand between Bayern and relegation-threatened Bremen in the current Bundesliga standings, but there was little to separate the two sides in the early stages at the Allianz Arena. Bayern only began to turn the screw midway through the first half, with wave after wave of flowing forward play culminating in the opening goal on the half-hour mark. Bremen switched off for the first time as Xabi Alonso drifted in a corner, duly attacked and powered beyond the reach of Werder goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald by the ever-stealthy Müller.

To their credit, Bremen did not fold and instead made a real game of it after the restart. Jannik Vestergaard was mere inches form supplying the telling touch to a teasing Theodore Gebre Selassie cross, before David Alaba put through his own net only for the goal to be ruled out for an infringement by Fin Bartels. That served to wake Bayern from their slumber and when substitute Arturo Vidal went to ground in the box under Janek Sternberg's challenge, Müller calmly dispatched the ensuing spot-kick to break Green-White hearts and set up a final with either Borussia Dortmund or Hertha Berlin.

Müller (2nd.l) broke the deadlock from a Xabi Alonso corner in the 30th minute.

Man of the match

Vestergaard did an admirable job at the back for Bremen, but Müller lived up to his 'space invader' moniker with another impossible-to-lock-down performance epitomised by his first goal.

Talking point

Although Bayern got the result that keeps their treble dream alive, Pep Guardiola will expect to see a much-improved display when the five-time European champions face Club Atletico de Madrid in their UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg next week.

Match stats

  • Bayern are through to their 21st DFB Cup final.
  • Müller has scored 31 goals in all competitions so far in 2015/16 - a personal best.
  • The Bayern forward has also registered eight goals in his last seven appearances against Bremen.

Jannik Vestergaard (l.) battled bravely at the heart of the Bremen back four.

Line-ups

Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c), Martinez, Alaba, Bernat (Benatia 58') - Alonso - Coman (Vidal 67'), Müller, Götze (Thiago 60'), Ribery - Lewandowski

Bremen: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Vestergaard, Djilobodji, Sternberg - Fritz (Kleinheisler 84'), Grillitsch - Yatabare (Öztunali 74'), Junuzovic, Bartels - Pizarro (Ujah 73')