Shaqiri and Gomez steer Bayern Munich into final

Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri (left) tries to dispossess Wolfsburg’s Makato Hasebe.Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri (left) tries to dispossess Wolfsburg’s Makato Hasebe.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored one goal and set up three and substitute Mario Gomez notched a quick hat-trick as Bayern Munich, chasing a treble of titles, crushed VfL Wolfsburg 6-1 last night to move into the German Cup final.

Germany international Gomez, who came on as a substitute in the 77th minute struck three times in six minutes to complete another big-scoring win this season.

The Bavarians, who won the Bundesliga title earlier this month and face Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final first leg next week, will face either VfB Stuttgart or Freiburg, who play today.

Forward Mario Mandzukic struck against his former club in the 17th minute after good early work from Shaqiri. Arjen Robben doubled their lead after another pin-point pass from the Swiss midfielder.

Wolfsburg briefly battled back and Brazilian Diego cut the deficit with a stinging 18-metre shot that flew past Manuel Neuer on the stroke of halftime.

Shaqiri, however, restored Bayern’s two-goal cushion with an unstoppable low drive from the edge of the box five minutes after the restart and cut back for substitute Gomez to tap in after a darting 20-metre sprint in the 80th minute.

The Germany forward, who lost his spot to Mandzukic this season and could be playing his last matches for Bayern Munich with reports linking him with a move to England and Spain, had time to grab two more as Wolfsburg imploded.


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