Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola and several of his star players were pleased to get through a tough DFB Pokal quarter-final against Bochum on Wednesday night, paying their plenty of respect to their plucky opponents efforts after the game.


Bayern won 3-0 in the end, but it certainly wasn't as easy as the score-line makes it sound. The Bundesliga 2 side were in the game until Jan Simunek was sent off in the closing stages of the first half. Thomas Muller missed the subsequent penalty but Bayern always had the edge from then on.

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Speaking to FCBayern.de, Guardiola "We're happy that we've progressed to the semi-finals. Congratulations to my team! All credit to Bochum too! We talked a lot to the players, we knew it was going to be a tough match."


It was a similar offering from Arjen Robben, who was starting only his third game of the new calendar year.


"As expected it was difficult. A huge compliment to Bochum and their coach! I hope Bochum will be promoted. The Bundesliga deserves a team that plays this way," the Dutchman said.


Manuel Neuer concurred, while Robert Lewandowski added, "It wasn't so easy until the first goal. Bochum played very well. In the cup it's always dangerous when it's 0-0. But after the opener and the red card it was easier.


"In the second half we controlled the match very well, Bochum didn't have any chances. After the second goal it was over. We're happy, we're in the semi-finals."


Bayern will now look forward to facing Werder Bremen in the last four in April. The draw for the semi-finals kept the league leaders away from title challengers Borussia Dortmund, who will meet Hertha Berlin in the other tie.

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