If Bayern Munich's 6-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen was "an advert for German football," as Thomas Muller put it, the second DFB Pokal semifinal between Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt (0-1) was perhaps the opposite: an attritional game, low on skill, high on VAR controversy and off-the-pitch talking points.
Both matches couldn't have been more different. But in their totality, they were also neatly emblematic of the state of the play in Germany's top flight.
Eighteen-time winners Bayern Munich cruised into their 22nd DFB Pokal Final with a thumping 6-2 win over Leverkusen, courtesy of a first-half double from Robert Lewandowski and a second-half hat trick from Thomas Muller, sandwiched between Thiago Alcantara's strike. Lars Bender and Leon Bailey scored for the well-beaten home side.
In their ninth straight domestic cup semfinal, Treble-seeking Bayern easily brushed aside the challenge of Leverkusen with a breathtaking display of attacking...
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich recovered from falling a goal behind on Saturday to thrash Borussia Monchengladbach 5-1 courtesy of a quickfire first-half double from Sandro Wagner and second-half goals from Thiago Alcantara, David Alaba and substitute Robert Lewandowski.
Despite fielding a lesser side with the midweek DFB Pokal game in Leverkusen in mind, Treble-seeking Bayern recovered from the shock of falling behind to stretch their lead at the top to 23 points in the 100th...
This is a true heavyweight clash, with Bayern and Real having previously met 24 times in this competition and both boasting 11 victories against each other. This will be their seventh meeting in the semifinals alone.
Real claimed a controversial quarterfinal victory over Bayern last season when Arturo Vidal was sent off...