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DFB Pokal, Quarterfinal: Bayern Munich finally beat Borussia Dortmund

The 2012-13 DFB Pokal quarterfinals are completed, and we'll see an all-Bundesliga affair in the semifinals. On Tuesday, Freiburg edged Mainz in extra time, and Wolfsburg beat Kickers Offenbach. Wednesday saw Stuttgart down Bochum and Bayern Munich finally beat Borussia Dortmund.

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Bayern dominate BvB, book semifinal place

Bayern Munich finally got the better of Borussia Dortmund, ousting them from the DFB Pokal.


Dominant Bayern on top 1-0 through Robben

Bayern Munich put a thorough beat down on Borussia Dortmund in the first half of their DFB Pokal quarterfinal, but it took until the waning moments of the opening stanza before they finally had something to show for it. After a series of near missed, Arjen Robben gave Bayern the lead they deserved with a wonderful shot from 20 yards and sent the home side into the break ahead 1-0.

Bayern were dominant from the very start, overrunning the Dortmund midfield and playing nearly the entire half in the BvB half. They should have gone in front early on, but Toni Kross was off balance and failed to knock a rebound into a wide open net. Bayern had another chance through Javi Martinez, who's sweet first touch shot looked goal bound, but Roman Weidenfeller made a sensational save to keep it out and the match level.

All the while, Dortmund couldn't string anything together. They didn't force Manuel Neuer into a single save and Robert Lewandowski spent much of the first half hanging out alone up top.

But despite all of the possession and all of the chances, Bayern couldn't score and looked set to go to halftime level. That is until Robben came to their rescue.

Dortmund gifted Robben the chance with a bad giveaway in their own box and once he got the opening, Robben made it count. The Dutchman collected the ball at 20 yards and quickly shot, curling the ball perfectly into the top corner so gorgeously that Jurgen Klopp could only smile and nod his head as Bayern grabbed a 1-0 lead.


Bayern Munich vs. BVB: Lineups

Last year's DFB-Pokal final was fun, but the gods of the draw have decided that Germany's two best teams should meet much earlier in this year's competition. Borussia Dortmund can peg back Bayern Munich a bit on Wednesday, and will be a bit desperate for a win given that they're already out of the Bundesliga title race, along with everyone else that isn't Bayern.

Mats Hummels has a virus and is not in the Dortmund team. He's replaced by Felipe Santana in the starting XI. Kevin Großkreutz gets a start on the wing over 'Kuba' Jakub Blaszczykowski for Der BVB. Franck Ribery is suspended for Bayern and is replaced by Arjen Robben. Daniel van Buyten is preferred to Jerome Boateng in the center of the Bayern defense.

Bayern Munich lineup (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; David Alaba, Dante, Daniel van Buyten, Philipp Lahm; Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger; Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben; Mario Mandzukic

Borussia Dortmund lineup (4-2-3-1): Roman Weidenfeller; Marcel Schmelzer, Neven Subotic, Felipe Santana, Lukasz Piszczek; Ilkay Gündogan; Kevin Großkreutz, Marco Reus, Mario Götze; Robert Lewandowski

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