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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bayern Sees Dreams of Double End

KARLSRUHE, Germany -- International midfielder Thomas Haessler returned from injury to lead Karlsruhe to a 1-0 win over Bayern Munich in its German Cup quarterfinal and end Bayern's dreams of the double.


Three months after suffering a complex ankle fracture, Haessler inspired his side to make the most of the first-half running Wednesday against the league leaders.


But it was defensive midfielder Thorsten Fink who appeared unmarked at the edge of the Bayern penalty area in the 21st minute to score after Michael Tarnat lured away four defenders before getting his cross in.


The goal earns Karlsruhe a dream semifinal away to the east German amateurs of Energie Cottbus. The other match will feature a clash of the giants with VfB Stuttgart entertaining Hamburg.


While Karlsruhe had a host of first half chances, Bayern's expensive internationals wasted the best chances of the game after Haessler was substituted in the 62nd minute.


A minute later, international striker Juergen Klinsmann, who said only this week that the double was in the mind of every Bayern player, found himself alone 10 meters from the goal. But goalkeeper Claus Reitmaier proved equal to his angled drive.


In the 78th minute, Bayern midfielder Manfred Nerlinger was sent off for a second bookable offense.


Five minutes later, left-sided midfielder Christian Ziege had only Reitmaier to beat from a cross 6 meters out but somehow managed to side-foot his shot past the post.


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Spanish league leader Real Madrid lost their unbeaten record after playing their worst game of the season to go down 1-0 to neighbors Rayo Vallecano.


Rayo, which fired manager Paquito Garcia earlier this week, scored through midfielder Ezequiel Castillo in the 35th minute.


They then survived several penalty scares to inflict the first defeat on Real in 25 league games.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)