Bayern Munich strolled through to the Final of the DFB Pokal, or the German domestic cup competition, courtesy of a 6-1 spanking of Wolfsburg in the last four stage. Bayern will play either Stuttgart or Freiburg in the final itself, with those two meeting on Wednesday in the second semifinal.
Victorious manager Jupp Heynckes decided to field Mario Mandzukic as his starting striker for the game, and it paid dividends as the Croatian attacker scored the opening goal of the match. But it was substitute forward Mario Gomez who had the biggest impact—coming on with less than a quarter of an hour left and the game still somewhat in the balance to score an incredible nine-minute hat-trick.
Arjen Robben and Xherdan Shaqiri also found the net for Bayern in a high-scoring opening 50 minutes, while Diego had briefly pulled one back for Wolfsburg with a fantastic top corner strike right on half time.
A spate of second-half substitutes took to the field as the goals dried up, with Gomez the last of them to enter, replacing Mandzukic on the 77-minute mark. It didn't take the German striker long to have an effect on the game as he found the back of the net just three minutes later, tapping in at the far post after an unselfish cross from Shaqiri.
Gomez then scored a pair of goals, which ended with fine strikes inside the far post after he had made a run to neatly beat the Wolfsburg offside trap—both times set free by Robben down the inside right channel.
The treble takes Gomez's tally for the season to a respectable 13 for the season in all competitions, and he will hope it leads to increased game time after losing his place this term after injury and the good form of rival striker Mandzukic. Gomez has started just seven matches in the Bundesliga this term.
On this evidence he may get one or two more before the end of the campaign—and possibly even a start in the DFB Pokal Final itself.