With Dortmund, Bayern set up Cup final clash

 

Berlin: Holders Bayern Munich will face Borussia Dortmund in next month`s German Cup final after cruising to a 5-1 win over second-division Kaiserslautern in Wednesday`s semi-final.Bayern reached their third consecutive domestic cup final by bouncing back from back-to-back Bundesliga defeats to see off Kaiserslautern, who had knocked out top-tier sides Bayer Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin en route to the semis.

The Bavarian giants, who wrapped up this season`s Bundesliga title with a record seven games to spare, will face Dortmund, who shocked Bayern 3-0 in Munich in the league last Saturday, in a repeat of last season`s Champions League final.Goals by Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller, Mario Mandzukic and Mario Goetze saw Bayern go through to the May 17 final at Berlin`s Olympic Stadium.

Pep Guardiola`s Bayern had few problems against the `Red Devils` of Kaiserslautern as Germany midfielder Schweinsteiger hit the crossbar and then headed home an Arjen Robben corner with 24 minutes gone.Kroos doubled the hosts` lead at the Allianz Arena on 32 minutes to make it 2-0 at the break.

Robben then won a penalty five minutes into the second half when he was fouled by Kaiserslautern defender Chris Loewe and Mueller fired home the spot-kick.Kaiserslautern striker Simon Zoller headed home a consolation goal on the hour mark, with his side surviving on less than 30 percent possession, before Mandzukic netted the hosts` fourth to end any hopes of a fight-back.

The Croatia international, who scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 quarter-final drubbing of Hamburg, converted a Goetze cross on 78 minutes.Goetze then tapped home Bayern`s fifth just before the final whistle as the attacking midfielder beat Kaiserslautern`s off-side trap.

Lewandowski, who will join the Bavarian giants at the end of the season, scored a hat-trick in the 2012 Cup final when Dortmund routed Bayern 5-2.Dortmund took an early lead against the Wolves when midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan cut in from the right and unleashed a superb shot just inside the near post on 12 minutes.

With half-time approaching, Belgium Under-21 international Junior Malanda hit the post for Wolfsburg and compatriot Kevin de Bruyne fired the rebound wide for the visitors.It was a costly miss as Dortmund went 2-0 up 72 seconds later when Germany star Marco Reus found Lewandowski unmarked and he slammed his shot into the top left-hand corner to reach his milestone