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(Football) Mandzukic hat-trick puts Bayern in cup semis
(02-13 10:33)

German Cup holders Bayern Munich eased their way into the cup semi-finals with a 5-0 rout of hapless Hamburg yesterday, while Bayer Leverkusen suffered a shock quarter-final exit.
Holders Bayern have avoided rivals Borussia Dortmund in the draw for April's semi-finals.
Munich will host second-division Kaiserslautern and Dortmund at home to VfL Wolfsburg with the final at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on May 17, AFP reports.
Bayern's Croatia international striker Mario Mandzukic (Pictured right with Bastian Schweinsteiger) scored a hat-trick at Hamburg as the hosts' defense capitulated in what could be coach Bert van Marwijk's last game in charge.
After setting an unwanted club record by losing all of their last six league matches, Hamburg were again trounced at their Imtech Arena with Mandzukic, Dante and Arjen Robben scoring Bayern's first three goals.
Croatia's Mandzukic then added two more in as many second-half minutes as Bayern finished with a flurry.
Having also lost 3-0 at home to Hertha Berlin on Saturday, Hamburg have leaked eight goals without reply in their last two games and are second from bottom in the league.
Bayern were rarely troubled and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer needed 15 minutes to get his first touch of the ball and the opening goal came just six minute later.
Germany midfielder Mario Goetze found some space and dribbled to the goal-line, held off his marker and squared for Mandzukic to tap home.
Brazil center-back Dante followed that up with a header four minutes later from a Toni Kroos' corner to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at the break.
Holland winger Arjen Robben then chested down a beautiful long ball from Kroos and fired past Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler on 54 minutes.
Mandzukic made it 4-0 when he profited again from another superb piece of skill from Goetze on 74 minutes, then fired home his third with 76 minutes gone.
There was more good news for Bayern as Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger came on for the last 25 minutes after three months out with an ankle injury.
Bayern will be joined in the draw for April's semi-finals by Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg and second-division Kaiserlautern, who inflicted a shock 1-0 defeat on Bayer Leverkusen.
A 114th-minute goal from Norway midfielder Ruben Jenssen was enough to see Kaiserlautern into the last four as the soul non-Bundesliga representative.
Wolfsburg also booked their place with a 3-2 win at Hoffenheim with Swiss defender Ricardo Rodriguez converting two first-half penalties for Wolves, but was then sent off for a second yellow card after 70 minutes.

   
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