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Road to Berlin

Bayern's impressive route to the cup final

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Bayern are in the DFB Cup final in Berlin for the third time on the bounce – and this season's path to the capital has seen the Reds make it to the final in style. FCB were never under any real pressure in any of the five knock-out rounds. reviews the holders’ impressive route to the Cup final.

First Round: 5-0 at BSV SW Rehden
There were no problems in the tie against the fourth division side four days before the start of the Bundesliga campaign. Thomas Müller was fastest out of the blocks as the Germany international bagged a hat-trick. Xherdan Shaqiri and Arjen Robben also found the back of the opposition net.

Second Round: 4-1 at home to Hannover 96
Bayern were drawn against a fellow Bundesliga club in the second round, but Pep Guardiola's men had no trouble dealing with Hannover 96 on their own turf at the Allianz Arena. Müller netted his fourth and fifth cup goals on Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's 58th birthday with Claudio Pizarro and Franck Ribéry scoring the other two. Didier Ya Konan netted a consolation goal for Hannover to make it 2-1 at the time.

Round of Sixteen: 2-0 at FC Augsburg
Augsburg proved the hardest nut to crack on the way to Berlin. Goals from Robben and cup specialist Müller put the Reds through to the last eight. The match at the start of December was overshadowed by a collision involving the Augsburg keeper Marvin Hitz and Robben. The Dutchman suffered a bad gash that kept him out of action for several weeks.

Quarter-Final: 5-0 at Hamburg SV
Bayern were drawn away to HSV in February. While FCB were enjoying a purple patch at the time, Hamburg were already deep in the mire. That was reflected on the pitch: Bayern overran the team from the Hanseatic city to clock up a deserved 5-0 victory. This time it was Mario Mandzukic who scored a hat-trick with Dante and fit-again Robben sealing Hamburg's fate. It was Munich’s biggest-ever DFB Cup win against another side from the top flight.

Semi-final: 5-1 at home to FC Kaiserslautern
A home tie against a second division side was a gift for FCB in the last four. And Bayern took a grip of the game from the kick-off: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Müller (seventh cup goal of the season), Mandzukic and Mario Götze scored for Bayern at the Allianz Arena. The Reds sailed serenely into cup final number 20.

Dortmund's route to the final

Bayern's opponents in the final, Borussia Dortmund, had four away ties and a significantly harder task than FCB. It started with a 3-0 win at Regional League outfit SV Wilhelmshaven. That was followed by a tight second round match at 1860 Munich with Dortmund progressing 2-0 in extra time. The Round of 16 game was away at third division FC Saarbrücken (2-0) and the quarter-final was at Eintracht Frankfurt (1-0). Borussia had their first home game at the semi-final stage when they secured a 2-0 win against VfL Wolfsburg to go through to the final.