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Football: "Beasts" Bayern must show teeth in Madrid

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the European champions need to live up to their "Black beasts" nickname when they face Real Madrid in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first-leg. Real fans have dubbed Bayern "la bestia negra" (Black beasts) or "Bete Noire" after a series of key defeats to the German giants, most recently in the 2012 Champions League semi-final, which was decided by a penalty shoot-out in Madrid.

Football: 'Black beasts' Bayern must step up in Madrid, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has said Bayern Munich will only beat Real Madrid in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final with a vastly improved display after their lacklustre Bundesliga win at bottom-side Eintracht Braunschweig. European champions Bayern ended a run of three Bundesliga games without victory with an unimpressive 2-0 win at Braunschweig on Saturday, four days before their semi-final, first-leg at Madrid's Bernabeu. "We won't reach the Champions League final unless we put in a commanding performance against Real Madrid," said Guardiola.

Football: Below-par Bayern end league slump as Real loom

Bayern Munich ended a run of three Bundesliga games without victory in Saturday's unimpressive 2-0 win at bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig, four days before their Champions League semi-final at Real Madrid. Peru veteran Claudio Pizarro, 35, and Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic were on target with late goals in what was only Bayern's third win in their last seven games in all competitions.

Football: Below-par Bayern end league slump as Real loom

Bayern Munich ended a run of three Bundesliga games without victory in Saturday's unimpressive 2-0 win at bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig, four days before their Champions League semi-final at Real Madrid. Peru veteran Claudio Pizarro, 35, and Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic were on target with late goals in what was only Bayern's third win in their last seven games in all competitions.

Football: Bayern set up Cup final clash with Dortmund

Holders Bayern Munich will face Borussia Dortmund in next month's German Cup final after cruising to a 5-1 win over second-division Kaiserslautern in Wednesday's semi-final. Bayern reached their third consecutive domestic cup final by bouncing back from successive Bundesliga defeats to see off Kaiserslautern, who had knocked out top-tier sides Bayer Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin en route to the semis. Goals by Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller, Mario Mandzukic and Mario Goetze saw Bayern go through to the May 17 final at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

Football: German Cup semi-final results

German Cup semi-final result on Wednesday: Bayern Munich 5 (Schweinsteiger 24, Kroos 32, Mueller 50-pen, Mandzukic 78, Goetze 90+1) Kaiserslautern 1 (Zoller 60) Played Tuesday Borussia Dortmund 2 (Mkhitaryan 12, Lewandowski 43) VfL Wolfsburg 0 afp

Football: German Cup semi-final results

German Cup semi-final result on Wednesday: Bayern Munich 5 (Schweinsteiger 24, Kroos 32, Mueller 50-pen, Mandzukic 78, Goetze 90+1) Kaiserslautern 1 (Zoller 60) Played Tuesday Borussia Dortmund 2 (Mkhitaryan 12, Lewandowski 43) VfL Wolfsburg 0 afp

Football: Bayern set up Cup final clash with Dortmund

Holders Bayern Munich will face Borussia Dortmund in next month's German Cup final after cruising to a 5-1 win over second-division Kaiserslautern in Wednesday's semi-final. Bayern reached their third consecutive domestic cup final by bouncing back from back-to-back Bundesliga defeats to see off Kaiserslautern, who had knocked out top-tier sides Bayer Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin en route to the semis. Goals by Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller, Mario Mandzukic and Mario Goetze saw Bayern go through to the May 17 final at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

Football: Kroos to stay at Bayern until 2015

Bayern Munich's Germany midfielder Toni Kroos will stay with the Bavarian giants until at least 2015, despite a reported huge offer from Manchester United, his agent said. According to British newspaper The Guardian, Premier League giants United are prepared to offer Kroos a contract worth £260,000 per week (315,000 euros, $437,000) for him to play at Old Trafford next season. That would give Kroos an annual salary of 16 million euros, around four times what he earns at Bayern, where he is under contract until June 2015.

Football: Malanda ruled out of Wolfsburg's Champions League push

Junior Malanda will miss VfL Wolfsburg's push for a Champions League place after a scan Wednesday revealed he suffered torn knee ligaments in their German Cup semi-final defeat at Borussia Dortmund. The 19-year-old defensive midfielder will miss the rest of the season after straining the cruciate ligament in his right knee and tearing the medial ligament in the 81st minute of Wolves' 2-0 defeat at Dortmund on Tuesday. The Belgium Under-21 international is expected to be out for six to eight weeks.
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