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Dramatic Ribery penalty puts Bayern in cup´s last four

27 February 2008 23:46

BERLIN (AFP) - French midfielder Franck Ribery booked Bayern Munich's place in the last four of the German Cup with a dramatic penalty in the 122nd minute of their quarter-final win over neighbours 1860 Munich.

Ice-cool Ribery, 24, kept his composure to score the game's only goal when he converted his spot kick for the second time after his first successful effort - just seconds before - was ordered to be retaken after a team-mate strayed off-side.

It was a tense end to a tense game for ten-man Bayern at the Allianz Arena and the home side squandered a string of clear chances to win the game before Miroslav Klose won the crucial late penalty when he was tripped.

Both sides finished with ten men as Bayern's Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni was shown a red card on 84 minutes for a second yellow card while 1860's Markus Thorandt was shown a red deep in extra time for hacking down Ribery.

The semi-finalists are now Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg, Carl Zeiss Jena and Bayern with the German giants clear favourites to lift their 14th German Cup title in the final at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on April 19.

Bayern face title contenders Schalke 04 on Saturday in the Bundesliga, but were given a tough match in the 203rd Munich derby against their second division rivals.

Toni had two goals disallowed either side of half-time, while teenage striker Tony Kroos missed an open goal in the first half.

Dutch hardman Mark van Bommel, sent off for a second yellow card in the 1-1 league draw with Hamburg on Sunday, had a fierce shot saved, but he tapped the rebound to the right of the post on 58 minutes.

Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld introduced stars Ribery and Klose in the second-half, but the 1860 defence held firm until the dying seconds.

The second-division side's best chance fell to midfielder Danny Schwarz, but his header went wide of the post just after the hour mark.

Earlier in the evening, Wolfsburg also booked their place in the last four with a 2-1 extra-time win over Hamburg thanks to their Brazilians Grafite and Marcelinho.

After Grafite put his side in the lead with a 17th minute penalty, Hamburg hit back when captain Rafael van der Vaart unleashed a superb free-kick in the 70th minute.

It was all-square at full-time, but Marcelinho hit the winner in extra time to put his side in the semi-finals.

On Tuesday, defending Bundesliga champions VfB Stuttgart suffered the upset of the round when they crashed out after losing to second-division strugglers Carl Zeiss Jena 5-4 on penalties.

There was no such banana skin for Borussia Dortmund as Thomas Doll's side booked their semi-final berth with a 3-1 win over 1899 Hoffenheim.

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Competition
DFB Pokal
Date
27 February 2008
Kick-off
20:30
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 0
Extra-time
1 - 0

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