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Bayern into DFB Pokal semis after shoot-out

AFP, BERLIN

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saves a spot-kick during the shoot-out in their DFB Pokal quarter-final against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Leverkusen, Germany, on Wednesday.

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Holders Bayern Munich reached the DFB Pokal semi-finals after beating Bayer 04 Leverkusen 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out on Wednesday as their last-eight clash finished goalless after extra time.

This is the sixth year in a row that Bayern have reached the semi-finals.

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

Thomas Mueller, Robert Lewandowski, Xabi Alonso, Mario Goetze and finally Thiago Alcantara, who has just returned from a year’s absence with injury, all then drilled home their spot-kicks to put Munich into the semi-finals.

“No one deserved to lose a game like that,” Neuer said.

“You could really see that no one wanted to make a mistake,” he said. “Of course, it’s a bitter result for Leverkusen, they really put a lot into it.”

In the semi-finals, Bayern are to host Borussia Dortmund, with VfL Wolfsburg playing at home against third-division DSC Arminia Bielefeld when the semi-finals are played on April 28 and 29.

“That’s OK for us,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. “If you want to win the Cup, you need to beat the best teams, so it’s Dortmund for us.”

Earlier, minnows Bielefeld produced a classic DFB Pokal upset by knocking out Bundesliga high-fliers Borussia Moenchengladbach as their quarter-final was also decided by a penalty shoot-out.

Lucien Favre’s Moenchengladbach, who are set to play in the Champions League next season, became the third Bundesliga side after Werder Bremen and Hertha BSC to lose to Arminia on their march to the semi-finals.

Bielefeld held their nerve to win the penalty shoot-out 5-4 as it finished 1-1 after extra-time.

Arminia took the lead at their sold-out SchucoArena after midfielder Manuel Junglas fired home with 26 minutes gone.

Die Fohlen, who are third in the Bundesliga table, drew level six minutes later when striker Max Kruse converted a penalty.

Third-division leaders Bielefeld will pick up at least 2 million euros (US$2.1m) after reaching the semi-finals.

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