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Stuttgart earn Bayern final

Published: Wednesday 17 April 2013, 22.32CET
VfB Stuttgart will face FC Bayern München for the German Cup in Berlin on 1 June after overcoming first-time semi-finalists SC Freiburg 2-1 with goals from Arthur Boka and Martin Harnik.
Stuttgart earn Bayern final
Martin Harnik celebrates his winner with Alexandru Maxim ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 17 April 2013, 22.32CET

Stuttgart earn Bayern final

VfB Stuttgart will face FC Bayern München for the German Cup in Berlin on 1 June after overcoming first-time semi-finalists SC Freiburg 2-1 with goals from Arthur Boka and Martin Harnik.

VfB Stuttgart will face FC Bayern München in the German Cup final in Berlin on 1 June after overcoming SC Freiburg 2-1.

Bundesliga champions Bayern sailed past VfL Wolfsburg 6-1 last night to reach their 19th final but Stuttgart now have hopes of a fourth cup – and first since 1997 – after seeing off Freiburg, who were making their debut at this stage of the competition.

Arthur Boka gave Stuttgart an early lead as he turned in following a goalmouth scramble. But only five minutes later it was 1-1 when Max Kruse sent another player who has confirmed his summer departure from Freiburg, Jan Rosenthal, clear to equalise.

However, Martin Harnik – who had done so much to set up the opening goal – restored the home lead before the half-hour mark with a header. That proved enough to book a place at the Olympiastadion and ensure Stuttgart a UEFA Europa League berth for next season.

Last updated: 17/04/13 22.34CET

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