Robert Lewandowski excels in Bayern Munich's romp at Bochum
Seventeen-time German Cup winners Bayern Munich cruised into the last four of the 2015-16 edition with a comfortable 3-0 victory at second division Bochum.
In the proverbial David versus Goliath clash, any remote chance of a giant-killing act was snuffed out when Bayern took the lead seven minutes before half-time through an exquisite finish from red-hot striker Robert Lewandowski.
Bayern could even afford the luxury of Thomas Muller's missed penalty against 10-man Bochum just before the break. Thiago doubled the lead on the hour before Lewandowski sealed his third brace of 2016 in the dying seconds.
Here are the ratings as Bayern reached the semifinal stage of the German Cup for a seventh straight season.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):
GK Manuel Neuer, 7 -- Hardly tested in collecting one of his easiest clean sheets of the season. Neuer did get the chance to do one of his trademark sprints to the halfway line to clear danger.
DF David Alaba, 7 -- A tricky first half for the Austrian until the Bochum red card in the 43rd minute changed the flow of the game. Alaba enjoyed more freedom in the second half but fired a free kick wastefully over.
DF Holger Badstuber, 7 -- Currently the only fit "learned" central defender on the Bayern books, Badstuber got in some important blocks, particularly in the first half, against a valiant Bochum side.
DF Joshua Kimmich, 8 -- Pressed into service once again as an emergency central defender alongside Badstuber, the makeshift defensive pairing have yet to concede a goal in three games together.
DF Philipp Lahm, 7 -- Mr Dependable had to be at his best with a last-ditch clearance to deny Bochum a chance on the counterattack after only three minutes.
MF Xabi Alonso, 7 -- The 34-year-old was tested during an even first half until Lewandowski and the referee made it a much simpler proposition for the Bavarians. The Basque made way for Rafinha just after the hour mark and he'll also have to sit out the short trip to Augsburg in the Bundesliga on account of his red card in Leverkusen.
MF Thiago, 6 -- Thiago replaced Vidal in the starting lineup from the weekend. Like most of his colleagues, the Spaniard endured a disjointed first half with a horribly wild free kick fairly typical of his efforts. Thiago picked up his level visibly after the break and put the game to bed with Bayern's second.
MF Arjen Robben, 6 -- Infuriatingly brilliant. "Won" the penalty (after minimal contact) with a typically "Robbenesque" stumble just inside the box which saw the unlucky Jan Simunek dismissed. The Dutchman missed an open goal just after the break but a dribble to set up Costa on 67 minutes was a reminder of Robben's undoubted brilliance. He crowned a lively display, apart from that disputable penalty, by laying on Bayern's final goal for Lewandowski on a silver platter.
MF Douglas Costa, 6 -- The Brazilian is not yet back to his best after the winter break as evidenced by his shot that blazed over after fine work from Robben.
FW Thomas Muller, 7 -- Languished on the bench for an hour in Leverkusen but got the nod ahead of Kingsley Coman. Bayern look a livelier unit with Muller in the starting lineup, but Wednesday night was a mixed bag for Muller. He saw a tame penalty saved just before half-time but provided superb assists for the first two goals. He may have to relinquish penalty duties after that miss. Robben, Lewandowski, Alaba. There's no shortage of takers.
FW Robert Lewandowski, 9 -- The Polish striker produced a superb finish off the post to ease the pressure on a flustered Bayern on 38 minutes. Never stopped battling throughout and sealed his third brace in four games after the winter break with a goal in the final minute.
DF Rafinha, 6 -- On his first competitive appearance of 2016, the Brazilian defender enjoyed a leisurely half hour or so when he replaced Alonso with the game in the bag.
DF Juan Bernat, NR -- Replaced Lahm in the 75th minute. The Spaniard had to be content with 15 minutes as he makes his way back to full fitness.
MF Arturo Vidal, NR -- The Chilean came on for the last ten minutes for Badstuber as Bayern coasted into the last four.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.