DFB Cup semi-finals
This is what victorious semi-finalists VfB Stuttgart and Bayern Munich will be aiming to get their hands on in Berlin on 1 June: the DFB Cup
With FC Bayern already qualified for next season's UEFA Champions League, the Stuttgart faithful know a place in the final will be enough to secure a Europa League spot of their own
Following on from their impressive 2-0 win against Borussia Mönchengladbach at the weekend, Martin Harnik's (l.) VfB start impressively, the Austria forward missing two clear-cut chances in the opening four minutes
Arthur Boka (2nd l.) then does better shortly after, breaking the deadlock for the hosts against their Baden-Württemberg rivals
Stuttgart are caught cold in the 14th minute, however, when Jan Rosenthal (c.) restores parity for Freiburg
The fiery contest is now evenly balanced - as exemplified here by Gotoku Sakai (l.) and Max Kruse
Just before the half-hour mark, however, Harnik puts Stuttgart back in front, beating Daniel Caligiuri in the air to head home via the underside of the crossbar
Harnik (r.) makes no secret of his relief after scoring his third goal in the competition, having previously missed a couple of clear-cut chances
Jonathan Schmid's (r.) Freiburg throw bodies forward in the dying stages in the hope of pulling level again, but their late efforts come to naught...
...leaving Stuttgart in a celebratory mood as Bruno Labbadia's men book their place in the DFB Cup final
In the other semi-final encounter, where Bayern play hosts to Bundesliga rivals VfL Wolfsburg, the first chance falls to the Reds in a tight opening spell - unlike at Frankfurt recently, the backheel doesn't come off for Bastian Schweinsteiger this time, though
But on 17 minutes, Mario Mandzukic (r.) slots home against his former employers following good approach work from Xherdan Shaqiri and Arjen Robben
Robben (c.) puts the new champions two to the good ten minutes before half time with a lovely clipped finish...
...to another great assist from the industrious Shaqiri (r.), a prelude to some well-earned mutual congratulations
Down but not out, Wolfsburg hit back on the stroke of half time courtesy of a thunderous strike from playmaker Diego
Any thoughts of a comeback on the part of the Wolves receive a dampener five minutes after the restart however as provider Shaqiri turns scorer...
...and while Diego (r.) and Co. rally briefly, they can't find the net again, in stark contrast to Bayern, who...
...have the luxury of being able to bring someone like Mario Gomez (l.) off the bench. The Germany striker nets to put the hosts 4-1 in front, then 5-1...
...before wrapping up the evening with his own third, to give the final score a decidedly lopsided gloss