BVB to play Bayern; Praet Earns U21s Win

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WEDNESDAY 05 MARCH 2014: Bayern Munich have set-up a DFB-Pokal Semi-Final tie against Borussia Dortmund after beating neighbours FC Nürnberg on penalties in tonight’s Quarter-Final. Markus Mendler put Nürnberg in front shortly after the half-hour mark, but the lead lasted less than seven minutes before Nils Petersen poked home an equaliser.

It stayed 1-1 through the second-half and all of extra-time, and it was down to the heroics of the players from the spot. Everyone had scored until Tom Starke saved from Timmy Simons, leaving Patrick Weihrauch to convert and send the home side through. He duly found the bottom corner and Bayern Munich progress.

The match will be played at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday 25 March. The winners will meet either Fortuna Düsseldorf or second-tier Dinamo Dresden in the Final on Saturday 17 May.

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praet85Dennis Praet came off the bench to help Belgium beat Iceland 3-0 in their UEFA U21 Championship Qualifier to keep up their progression hopes in a group containing the outstanding French side. Thorgen Hazard smashed the hosts in front, before Zakaria Bakkali doubled the lead on 45′.

Praet played a delightful through-ball to Siebe Vandaele whose fierce shot came back off the crossbar for Guillaume Francois to tap home a late third to secure the win.

Centre-back Koray Günter (on loan at Real Valladolid) played the full match for Turkey’s U21s in their 1-0 UEFA Qualifying win over Albania, while Patrick Adam Dytko was an unused substitute for Poland.

The seventeen players who travelled away on international duty are all due back at the club tomorrow, ahead of Friday night’s televised Bundesliga clash at home to Hamburg.

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