Bayern Munich's dream of a treble is still alive, and it's thanks in part to a quickfire treble from Mario Gomez.
Gomez, a 27-year-old German international striker, came off the bench to score a six-minute hat-trick Tuesday night as Bayern Munich routed VfL Wolfsburg 6-1 in the semifinals of the German Cup. Admittedly, Bayern led 3-1 when Gomez entered, but the big striker's contribution sealed the match.
Gomez entered the match in the 77th minute, replacing Mario Mandzukic up top. Mandzukic has this season overtaken Gomez as Bayern's first-choice striker, and the Croatian opened the scoring in the 17th minute, his 20th goal of the campaign in all competitions.
Ten minutes later, Gomez had his hat trick.
Gomez's goal glut started in the 80th minute when he tapped in Xherdan Shaqiri's deep cross at the back post. Three minutes later, Gomez scored his second after Bastian Schweinsteiger supplied the final ball. In the 86th minute, Schweinsteiger was again the provider as Gomez scored his third.
All three of Gomez's goals can be seen in the clip above. It's our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Wednesday. Enjoy.
Full highlights, including Gomez's late hat trick, from the match can be seen here.
The hat trick came shortly after Gomez's agent expressed frustration over the German striker's situation at Bayern (via Sky Sports). But smiles dominated Tuesday as Bayern advanced to the German Cup final, where they will play for the second of the three trophies they are seeking this spring.
Already Bundesliga champions, Bayern also remain alive in the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
The whole team is in great shape. It's been a wonderful evening," said Shaqiri (via FCBayern.Telekom.de), who took Man of the Match honors. "We were utterly determined to make the final, and we’re there. We put in a really good performance, had the game under control, and we've deservedly made the final.”