Bay­ern into Cup semi­fi­nals fol­low­ing penalty shoot-out

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY RY­LAND JAMES

Hold­ers Bay­ern Mu­nich reached t he Ger­man Cup semi­fi­nals af­ter beat­ing Bayer Lev­erkusen 5- 3 in a penalty shoot- out on Wed­nes­day as their last eight clash fin­ished goal­less af­ter ex­tra time.

Ger­many goal­keeper Manuel Neuer was Bay­ern’s hero at Lev­erkusen’s BayArena af­ter he saved Swiss striker Josip Dr­mic’s first spot- kick penalty to give Bay­ern the ad­van­tage.

Thomas Mueller, Robert Le­wandowski, Xabi Alonso, Mario Goetze and fi­nally Thi­ago Al- can­tara, who is just back from a year’s ab­sence with in­jury, all then drilled home their spot kicks to put Mu­nich in the last four.

Bay­ern will join Borus­sia Dort­mund, Wolfs­burg and third­di­vi­sion Ar­minia Biele­feld in the semi­fi­nals.

Both Mu­nich and Lev­erkusen had a string of chances over the 120 min­utes dur­ing a nervy cup battle.

Only good saves from Lev­erkusen goal­keeper Bernd Leno de­nied Mueller, Goetze and Le­wandowski, who had a sec­ond- half goal ruled off­side.

Lev­erkusen’s Ger­many winger Karim Bel­larabi was a con­stant men­ace to the Bay­ern de­fense and pre­sented Ju­lian Brandt with an open goal at the end of the 90 min­utes, but the 18- yearold failed to connect.

The Ger­many Un­der- 19 in­ter­na­tional then fired wide in the 118th minute with just Neuer to beat as Lev­erkusen were left to rue what might have been.

Ear­lier, min­nows Biele­feld pro­duced a clas­sic Ger­man Cup up­set by knock­ing out Bun­desliga high- fliers Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach as their quar­ter­fi­nal was also de­cided by a penalty shoot- out.

AFP

Lev­erkusen de­fender Emir Spahic, left, and Bay­ern Mu­nich mid­fielder Thomas Mueller vie for the ball dur­ing the Ger­man Cup DFB Pokal quar­ter­fi­nal soc­cer match Bayer Lev­erkusen vs. Bay­ern Mu­nich in Lev­erkusen, west­ern Ger­many on Wed­nes­day, April 8.

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