Bundesliga - Gomez hits six-minute treble as Bayern reach cup final

Mario Gomez hit a six-minute hat-trick as Bayern Munich, chasing a treble of titles, crushed Wolfsburg 6-1 to move into the German Cup final.

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Mario Gomez celebrates (Imago)

Xherdan Shaqiri scored one goal and set up three, with substitute Gomez's goals putting the gloss on the result as Bayern were already leading 3-1.

The Bavarians, who won the Bundesliga title earlier this month and face Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final first leg next week, will face either Stuttgart or Freiburg, who play on Wednesday, in the final.

With Franck Ribery suspended, defender David Alaba injured and coach Jupp Heynckes rotating the line-up, Bayern needed some time to adjust.

"Wolfsburg made it hard for us for a long time," Heynckes said. "We were not fully there at the start. I told them at halftime what I think must change and it seems to have worked.

"I am happy for Mario that he got his hat-trick. It goes to show that we have three top strikers in this team."

Forward Mario Mandzukic struck against his former club in the 17th minute after good early work from Shaqiri. Arjen Robben doubled their lead after another pin-point pass from the Swiss midfielder.

Wolfsburg briefly battled back and Brazilian Diego cut the deficit with a stinging 20-yard shot that flew past Manuel Neuer on the stroke of half-time.

Shaqiri, however, restored Bayern's two-goal cushion with an unstoppable low drive from the edge of the box five minutes after the restart and cut back for substitute Gomez to tap in after a darting 25-yard sprint in the 80th minute.

The Germany forward, who lost his spot to Mandzukic this season and could be playing his last matches for Bayern with reports linking him with a move to England and Spain, had time to grab two more as Wolfsburg imploded.

Bayern secured their 23rd German league title - their first since 2010 - earlier this month with six games to spare.

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