Bayern reach German Cup final
Bayern defeat Foals on spot-kicks to keep treble dreams alive
Last Updated: March 21, 2012 11:12pm
Manuel Neuer: The kepper helped Bayern Munich reach the German Cup final
Bayern Munich set up a mouth-watering DFB Pokal final with Borussia Dortmund after beating Borussia Moenchengladbach on penalties on Wednesday to keep their treble chances on track.
Following a goalless 120 minutes, Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer saved a penalty by Havard Nordveit after Gladbach's Dante had fired his spot kick over the bar to clinch a 4-2 win on penalties.
Bayern are also still in the running for the Bundesliga and Champions League titles.
Gladbach, unbeaten at home for the previous 18 consecutive games having won 13 and drawn five, were lucky not to concede a goal after six minutes with Toni Kroos' low drive hitting the post.
Bundesliga top scorer Mario Gomez was then denied by Gladbach keeper Marc Andre ter Stegen, who parried the forward's powerful header.
In an entertaining encounter, Bayern, who had scored 20 goals in their last three games, had the better chances with Arjen Robben twice coming close while Gladbach's Marco Reus was also twice denied by keeper Manuel Neuer, including six minutes from time in a one-on-one situation.
Dutchman Robben tried his luck from a distance in extra time but his thundering drive was spectacularly palmed away by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Bayern last won this competition in 2009/10 beating Werder Bremen in the final and it will be their third cup final in the last five seasons.
Dortmund had booked their spot in the final on Tuesday with a last-gasp goal in extra time for a nervous 1-0 win over second division leaders Greuther Fuerth.