Bayern visit Cologne in Bundesliga after German Cup quarters win
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DUSHANBE--Bayern Munich will visit Cologne in Saturday's Bundesliga action, fresh from their 3-0 German Cup quarter-final win over Schalke 04 on Wednesday.
The 23rd round of Bundesliga action will start with second-placed RB Leipzig play at FC Augsburg on Friday with a hope to close the five-point gap on leaders Bayern who have a total of 53 points from 16 wins, five draws and just one loss.
Working toward their fifth Bundesliga title in as many seasons, the 25-time league champions showed their dominant power with an 8-0 rout of Hamburg last weekend and then a comfortable win in the German Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Cup holders Bayern basically nailed the German Cup semifinal ticket just after 30 minutes as Robert Lewandowski broke the deadlock just three minutes into the game before Lewandowski's cross to the far post found Thiago Alcantara, who nodded home from six meters on the 16th minute.
Schalke were unable to put up some resistance whereas Bayern tripled the lead through Lewandowski, who sealed his brace after Ribery's build-up work with 29 minutes played.
The Royal Blues piled on the pressure after the restart but all their efforts remained harmless as they were never able to threat Bayern Munich's well-positioned defence.
Things went from bad to worse in the 77th minute as Schalke's defender Holger Badstuber received his marching orders after seeing his second yellow card.
Elsewhere, Monchengladbach booked their berth for the last four as well, after edging out Hamburg 2-1.
Source: National information agency of Tajikistan