FC Bayern München took another step towards the DFB Cup final on Wednesday night with a 3-0 victory away to ten-man VfL Bochum.
The hosts are currently fifth in Bundesliga 2 but were by no means intimidated by their illustrious visitors and started aggressively. Indeed, Simon Terodde had the best of a couple of decent early chances for Bochum, but blazed over from close range when well placed to score. It was a sign of the home team's verve that Bayern did not manage to break the deadlock until the 39th minute, Robert Lewandowski slotting home from ten yards out.
Bayern could have extended their lead moments later, but Thomas Müller's penalty was saved by Manuel Riemann after Jan Simunek had been sent off. Pep Guardiola's charges began to carve out more opportunities as Bochum tired in the second half, and Thiago duly made it 2-0 from Müller's cross before Lewandowski added a late third to cement the Bavarians' place in the semi-final draw.
Man of the match
Lewandowski continued his incredible scoring form here, netting his 28th and 29th competitive goals of the season to propel Bayern into the last four.
Bochum: Riemann – Celozzi, Fabian (c), Bastians, Perthel (Simunek 29’) – Losilla, Hoogland – Bulut, Eisfeld (Cacutalua 46’), Haberer – Terodde (Mlapa 65’)
Bayern: Neuer – Lahm (c) (Bernat 75’), Kimmich, Badstuber (Vidal 80’), Alaba – Alonso (Rafinha 64’) – Robben, Müller, Thiago, Costa - Lewandowski