Bayern Munich turn in a complete performance to overrun Wolfsburg
17-time winners Bayern Munich cruised into the last 16 of the German Cup with a majestic 3-1 away victory over holders Wolfsburg. Bayern's best performance of the season saw first-half goals from Douglas Costa and a pair of sweet strikes from Thomas Muller put the result beyond doubt.
Andre Schurrle's last-minute goal for the Wolves proved a mere consolation as Bayern supremely avenged this season's German Super Cup defeat as well as January's Kevin De Bruyne's inspired Bundesliga drubbing in the same stadium.
Bayern have reached at least the competition's last four in each of the past six seasons and took a huge step towards a seventh straight German Cup semifinal appearance by knocking out the reigning champions in their own backyard.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Manuel Neuer, 9 -- A week after his nightmare at Arsenal, Neuer had very little to do. His fine save with 20 minutes to play from the onrushing Daniel Caligiuri was a timely reminder of his brilliance.
DF David Alaba, 9 -- Alaba rampaged up the left-flank throughout and provided the assists for Muller's brace. The Austrian is a simply brilliant all-round footballer with pace and panache by the bucketful.
DF Javi Martinez, 9 -- Calm and composed alongside Jerome Boateng on a cosy evening in central defence. Martinez is a lucky omen in the cup and cruised to his 11th win out of 11 in the competition.
DF Jerome Boateng, 9 -- Beckenbauer-esque with his raking passes from the back, Boateng also had the highly-rated Bas Dost in his pocket for the whole game.
DF Philipp Lahm, 9 -- Bayern's skipper strolled through his 50th German cup appearance in his best position of right-back.
MF Xabi Alonso, 9 -- Given a breather at the weekend in the Bundesliga to be fresh for the clash against last season's league runners-up and Cup holders. Alonso ran the show from the deep-lying quarterback role with aplomb.
MF Douglas Costa, 9 -- Another superb performance and the Brazilian's left-footed strike to open the scoring was a thing of beauty. What. A. Hit.
MF Thiago, 9 -- Five weeks ago -- before Lewandowski made history -- Thiago was subbed in the league clash between the two sides as Bayern trailed at half-time. On Tuesday, the Spaniard was completely transformed from that display, buzzing around brilliantly and inventively in midfield.
MF Kingsley Coman, 9 -- The Frenchman turned up the turbo, showing his breathtaking speed down the left in the lead-up to Bayern's second. He's only 19, which is easily forgotten given his mature display.
FW Thomas Muller, 9 - Never mind Robert Lewandowski, Muller is also in the richest scoring vein of form. His second goal of the evening, a sweet first-time volley from Alaba's cross, is worth another look.
FW Robert Lewandowski, 9 -- It wouldn't quite fall for Lewandowski in front of goal as he failed to repeat the five goal in nine minutes heroics of five weeks ago. But the Polish striker opened up the gaps for others to exploit and played a major part in a near perfect team performance.
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MF Arjen Robben, 9 -- Came on for Coman with the game in the bag and the returning "Flying Dutchman" could easily have added a couple of goals himself. He's probably saving at least one for Arsenal next week.
MF Arturo Vidal, NR -- One Spanish-speaking midfielder replaced another when the Chilean replaced Alonso for the final 19 minutes.
DF Rafinha, NR -- Replaced Muller for the last 10 minutes, which allowed the two-goal man a rousing reception from the travelling Bayern fans for his display.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.