Stellar Bayern Munich crush Bayer Leverkusen to reach German Cup final
Bayern Munich reached the German Cup final by thrashing Bayer Leverkusen 6-2 away thanks to a Thomas Mueller hat-trick after an early Robert Lewandowski double on Tuesday to stay on track for a treble of titles this season.
Bayern Munich's Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben, Bayern Munich's Polish forward Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara and Bayern Munich's German forward Thomas Mueller celebrate during the German football Cup DFB Pokal semi
Bundesliga champions Bayern, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals next week, enjoyed a sensational start and completely overran their opponents, scoring twice through Lewandowski in the opening nine minutes.
The Poland forward flicked in a powerful Javi Martinez shot to put the visitors ahead in the third minute and then added another goal with a fine volley from a Franck Ribery cross.
Bayern Munich's players celebrate after the German football Cup DFB Pokal semifinal match Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich in Leverkusen, western Germany, on April 17, 2018.
Leverkusen pulled a goal back in the 16th with a Lars Bender header and came agonisingly close to levelling minutes after the restart as they battled to get back into the match.
But the home side's hopes of a comeback were short-lived as Thiago Alcantara picked out Mueller to score Bayern's third and the Spain international slotted in the fifth after Mueller had scored again from close range.
The Germany forward completed his hat-trick in the 78th after Leverkusen substitute Leon Bailey had pulled another goal back for the hosts with a whipped free kick.
Bayern, who won the treble in 2013, will face the winners of Wednesday's semi-final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke 04 in the final in Berlin on May 19.