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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 12, 2006

Bayern end St Pauli dream in German Cup

HAMBURG, Germany, April 12 (Reuters) - Bayern Munich reached the final of the German Cup with a 3-0 win away to giant-killers St Pauli on Wednesday.

Owen Hargreaves surprised the keeper with a shot that squeezed in from 30 metres in the 15th minute and Claudio Pizarro scored twice in the last six minutes to seal a highly professional win over the third division side.

Bayern go through to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on April 29.

The Bavarians are four points clear in the Bundesliga and Wednesday's victory over St Pauli keeps them on track for a 13th Cup win and a second successive domestic double.

'It was really hard work,' said Bayern coach Felix Magath. 'St Pauli are as strong as the professional teams and they fought for the whole 90 minutes.'

St Pauli are a favourite club of neutrals in Germany and across the world, famous for a brown strip and a fan base made up of punks and political radicals.

A full house of 19,400 crammed into the Millerntor stadium just round the corner from the Reeperbahn, capital of the city's sex industry, in the hope of seeing another upset.

St Pauli beat Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen on their way to the semi-finals and the fans, many waving the pirate 'Jolly Roger' flag that is the club's symbol, had reason for confidence when Bayern made a nervous start.

With the pitch in a terrible condition, the visitors saw early passes go astray before Hargreaves gave them the lead with his well struck shot from nowhere.

St Pauli had one decent chance in the first half when Michel Mazingu finished off a sweeping move with a volley that Oliver Kahn saved comfortably enough.

They came even closer to an equaliser 10 minutes after the break when Kahn pulled off a brilliant save at full stretch to keep out a Felix Luz header.

There were several more nervous moments for Bayern from set pieces before Pizarro gratefully tapped in after the ball had fallen at his feet from a Hargreaves corner.

Pizarro completed the win with a finish from a tight angle two minutes from time.

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