Ten-man Bayern reached German Cup semi-finals in a nine-goal thriller

Bayern Munich 5-4 Heidenheim

Bayern Munich scraped into the German Cup semi-finals by beating second-tier Heidenheim in a nine-goal thriller.

Heidenheim had led 2-1 with goals from Paul Glatzel and Marc Schnatterer after Leon Goretzka opened for Bayern, who had Niklas Sule sent off.

Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry put Bayern 4-2 up, only for Glatzel to score again and then convert a penalty for his hat-trick.

Bayern avoided extra-time through Lewandowski‘s late penalty.

The German champions, runners-up in last year’s competition, have now reached the semi-finals for 10 consecutive years but were perilously close to going out to a lower-division side for the first time in 15 years.

South German club Heidenheim, sixth in the second division, were a fourth-tier side as recently as four years ago.

Bayern, second in the Bundesliga, face a crucial match against leaders Borussia Dortmund, who are two points ahead, on Saturday.

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