Bayern Munich avoid Borussia Dortmund in DFB-Pokal semi-finals

Pep Guardiola’s side will host Werder Bremen in the last four of the DFB-Pokal, with Thomas Tuchel’s men visiting Hertha Berlin

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund could meet in the DFB-Pokal final after the Bundesliga’s top two were kept apart in the draw for the last four.

After easing to a 3-0 win against the 10 men of Bochum in the last eight, Bayern were handed a home tie against Werder Bremen in the semi-finals.

Pep Guardiola’s side – who are looking to win the domestic cup for the 18th time in their history – have won the last 11 meetings between the teams in all competitions.

Dortmund, meanwhile, will have to go on the road to try and book their place in the final for a third successive season.

BVB will face Hertha Berlin, who survived a scare away to FC Heidenheim in the quarter-finals, when a pair of goals from Vedad Ibisevic helped secure a 3-2 triumph against the 2. Bundesliga team.

The semi-final ties will be played on April 19 and 20.

'I'm Dutch and I'm ashamed' – Bochum coach slams Robben 'dive'

Gertjan Verbeek accused his compatriot of simulation during Wednesday’s DFB-Pokal tie, when Jan Simunek saw red and conceded a penalty for a foul on the winger

Bochum coach Gertjan Verbeek accused Arjen Robben of diving after Bayern Munich’s 3-0 victory over his side and said he was “ashamed” of his compatriot.

Jan Simunek was sent off after being adjudged to have brought down Robben, with Thomas Muller missing the subsequent penalty as Pep Guardiola’s side nevertheless cruised to victory.

Verbeek claims Simunek played the ball and admitted the red card made the task of overcoming the German champions in the DFB-Pokal tie an impossible one.

“For me that was a dive,” he told reporters. “The ball was played, he was looking for his leg. I’m Dutch and I’m ashamed. But we know Robben is like this from the national team.

“There was contact, but it was no foul and it was no red card. And with 10 players you can’t win against Bayern.”

Robben, however, argued that there was no debate to be had over the penalty decision.

“He was the last man, it was a clear foul,” the winger said. “These are the rules and afterwards the match was decided.”

VfL Bochum 0-3 Bayern Munich: Lewandowski double sends Guardiola's men through

A brace from the Poland international and a goal from midfielder Thiago Alcantara saw the Bavarians through to the semi-finals against 10-man opposition

Bayern Munich kept their treble hopes alive as they reached the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal with a 3-0 victory away at 10-man Bochum.

A double from Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara’s first-half strike saw the Bundesliga leaders remain on course to lift the domestic cup for the 18th time in their history.

They could even afford for Thomas Muller to have a first-half penalty saved after Bochum had seen substitute Jan Simunek shown a straight red card for a foul on Arjen Robben just 14 minutes after coming on.

The result means outgoing Bayern manager Pep Guardiola can still win three trophies – the runaway Bundesliga leaders face Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League – before leaving to take over at Manchester City.

However, the Bavarians were made to work hard for the win against opponents from Germany’s second tier. 

Bayern barely troubled their hosts until a quiet game burst into life in a crazy six-minute spell late in the first half.

Bochum managed to hold firm for the majority of the opening period, even creating the best opportunity when Thomas Eisfeld’s cross allowed Simon Terodde to cut inside David Alaba and curl a left-footed shot just wide.

Yet their hopes of an upset disappeared when they suffered a double blow just before the interval.

Lewandowski broke the deadlock when a delayed one-two with Muller set him free in the right channel. He took his time with the finish, sending a low effort into the net via the far post.

As if falling behind was not bad enough for Bochum, they soon found themselves down to 10 men when Simunek was dismissed for a foul on the lively Robben.

The defender, who had replaced the injured Timo Perthel, paid the price for ending up on the wrong side of the Dutch winger, clipping his opponent’s heels just inside the area as he rolled towards goal.

Muller, however, failed to convert the spot kick as goalkeeper Manuel Riemann dived to his left to block the attempt, with the rebound looping onto the crossbar before eventually going out for a corner. 

Still, the miss did not prove too costly, as the visitors doubled their lead on the hour mark.

Robben’s scooped pass picked out the run of Muller, who helped make amends for his profligacy from the spot with a low cross that Thiago converted on the slide.

Bayern should have added a third on 67 minutes, yet Douglas Costa somehow managed to lift Robben’s centre over the bar from inside the six-yard box.

Lewandowski did make it 3-0 just before the final whistle, though Robben’s through-ball allowing him to slot a finish beyond Riemann and make it six goals in his last four games. 

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Bochum v Bayern Munich Preview: Alonso braced for intense month

The Spaniard has urged his team-mates to rediscover the form they were showing before the winter break beginning with the cup clash against the second-tier side

Xabi Alonso says Bayern Munich must be at their very best during an “intense” month ahead, starting with a DFB-Pokal quarter-final at Bochum on Wednesday.

The Bundesliga champions have set their sights on winning the treble in their last season under Pep Guardiola and are only three wins away from cup glory.

Bayern won the Pokal in 2013-14, but lost on penalties to Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals last season.

Alonso is determined to do better this time around as Bayern chase their 18th triumph in the knockout competition, the Spaniard urging his team-mates to rediscover their sublime form from before the winter break.

“A very intense month awaits. We have a major game coming up against Bochum in the DFB Pokal, then some tough games against Augsburg, Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and the Champions League tie with Juventus is around the corner as well,” he told TZ.

“The important, decisive stages of the season are starting now and we have to be at our very best.

“I’d say that we are still developing. We still have room for improvement.

“We want to reach the level we had back in October and November again. We put in some very good performances back then. We have to keep improving if we want to achieve the same level once more.”

Guardiola is still without Jerome Boateng (adductor/groin), Javi Martinez (knee) and Serdar Tasci (concussion), while Mario Gotze, Franck Ribery and Medhi Benatia are back in training but unlikely to feature due to a lack of match sharpness.

Bayern are on a seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions, but had to settle for a scoreless draw against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday as they dropped points for only the third time this Bundesliga campaign.

Bochum, meanwhile, have been in fine form in the 2. Bundesliga in recent months as well, not losing a single game since their defeat at the hands of Eintrach Braunschweig in late November.

Gertjan Verbeek’s men beat Freiburg 2-0 on Friday as they climbed to fifth place in the second tier. Bochum have twice made it to the final of the Pokal, losing the decider in 1967-68 and in 1987-88, and made it to the last eight in 2012-13, going down 2-0 at Stuttgart.

The last competitive meeting between Bayern and Bochum saw the Bavarian giants win 2-1 in the third round of the 2011-12 Pokal.

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