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Bayern Munich On Course for Another Treble

Bayern Munich booked their place in the final of the DFB-Pokal by crushing Kaiserlautern in a 5-1 victory. Pep Guardiola’s men remained on track to emulate their achievements of last season, after a difficult time suffering a couple of losses recently.

After securing the Bundesliga title in March, Bayern Munich played five games but won only on one occasion, against Manchester United in their Champions League quarter finals second-leg. A couple of questions did arise about the strength of Bayern to deliver a consecutive Champions League title after being drawn against Real Madrid in the semis, but their confidence have been boosted with the 5-1 victory over second-tier Kaiserlautern on Wednesday.

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger put Bayern in front midway through the first half of the match, with a fine headed effort. Toni Kroos netted shortly after to put Bayern in complete command before Thomas Muller’s second-half penalty eased all the nerves.

Simon Koller did pull one back for Kaiserlautern, but that proved to be just a consolation as Bayern cruised to victory with two further goals from Mario Mandzukic and Mario Gotze for a place against Borussia Dortmund in the final at Berlin next month.

Muller, who replaced Gotze in the Bayern starting XI following a hefty 3-0 defeat to rivals Borussia Dortmund, came close to opening the scoring with his header after eight minutes of the game play, when Schweinsteiger’s clever cross saw Muller jumping and heading it but got deflected against the crossbar.

The hosts had to labor for much of the opening period against a determined Kaiserlautern defense, but Bayern made the breakthrough in the 23rd minute when Schweinsteiger powered home a wonderful downward header from Arjen Robben’s corner. And the lead was doubled nine minutes after their first goal as Kroos met Robben’s lay-off on the edge of the area with an exquisite finish that curled past Kaiserlautern goalkeeper Tobias Sippel and into the bottom corner.

All the hopes of Kaiserlautern’s revival were extinguished just five minutes into the second half as Muller rolled the ball into the net with a penalty after Robben was tripped inside the box by Chris Lowe. Bayern Munich might have added another goal a few minutes after the penalty when Frank Ribery missed that target against an empty net.

The visitors tried reducing the goal deficit on the hour mark, with striker Zollar glancing Florian Dick’s right-winged cross beyond Bayern goalkeeper Lukas Reader. But Bayern were far from finished and re-emphasized their dominance by punishing Kaiserlautern 13 minutes from time, when Mandzukic confidently netted home after latching on to substitute Mario Gotze’s throughball. Gotze then rounded of the day with another great goal in the injury time, combining effortlessly with Ribery, making it 5-1.

Bayern Munich were the treble holders last season and this season have successfully secured the Bundesliga title, are into semi-final of Champions League and with the 5-1 win over Kaiserlautern, they book their place in the final of DFB-Pokal.

This brings out a question: Can Bayern win the treble again this year or not? Have your say in the comments section.

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  1. Steve L.

    April 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    GolTV has the U.S. TV rights to broadcast the Bundesliga through next season. So, because my cable company (Comcast?Xfinity) doesn’t carry that channel, am I forced to “stream” Bundesliga coverage for another season ? I know Fox Sports picks up the rights starting 2015/16 season, any chance they might be able to start it next year so that more people could watch German soccer.
    Seriously, who still carries GolTV ?

    • Borussia DortMan

      April 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      I will be disappointed if ESPN doesn’t televise the Cup final on TV

      • R.O

        April 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm

        Me too. They did when BVB beat FCB two years ago. I don’t think ESPN had the final last year.

    • R.O

      April 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm


      I can tell you that many US Bundesliga fans who had Goltv were upset when the Cable and SAT providers dropped GolTv. In fact on many of the US Bundesliga supporters blogs, fans wrote e-mails and made phone calls to Germany to the Bundesliga HQ to inform them that people here could no longer see games on TV. There were even some folks who wrote their congress person asking to look into an alleged “conspiracy” between the group that owns Beinsport and the cable/SAT providers in which Beinsport paid the providers to drop goltv. Of course that was just a suspicion, never proven.

      As you can see nothing came of it. One person did post a response from the Bundesliga on a blog. Basically it stated that they were aware of the situation and were looking at alternatives. I’m guessing that turned out to be Fox. I’m not thrilled that FOX won the rights as they will most likely show the games on FS2, which most people don’t get, so it’s the same situation. I would hope FOX atleast carries the full 1-hour weekly Bundesliga highlights show and airs it on FS1.

      I remember when GolTV lost the rights to La Liga, many people thought they would be gone within 12 months. Goltv is still around.

      I would have loved for ESPN to have won the US rights to carry the Bundesliga.

  2. R.O

    April 17, 2014 at 2:50 am

    What the ??? WST runs a story on Bayern Munich DFB semi final victory but didn’t (doesn’t) do the same the day before for Borussia Dortmund?! What a snub. Seems like it’s a FCB love affair here.

    Don’t forgot, 2 years ago, BVB crushed FCB in the DFB Pokal Final. Last year, BVB only lost in the quarterfinal by a 1-0 score.

    Siddharth Dhruva don’t gush to much over your FCB.

    • Siddharth Dhruva

      April 17, 2014 at 7:43 am

      being honest R.O my many articles are on Bayern Munich but I am a dortmund supporter myself. I am a die-hard Manchester United fan, followed by Real Madrid and then it is Borussia Dortmund, but as a journalist, I cannot be biased about these 3 only, but I assure you, You will get a detailed report about the final of DFB.

      • R.O

        April 17, 2014 at 5:14 pm

        Siddharth, thank you. All I’m asking is for fair and equal coverage. It just seemed to me that in this case it wasn’t. One semi-final is reported on and the other isn’t. I agree that a journalist can’t be biased. Just be fair and equal.

        Thanks again.

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