Ribery Steers Bayern into Final

French star Franck Ribery continued his impressive early form for his new club by scoring the opening goal and creating a second in Bayern Munich's 2-0 League Cup semi-final win over German champions VfB Stuttgart on Wednesday.

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery in action

After scoring two goals on his competitive debut in Bayern's 4-1 win over Werder Bremen in Saturday's quarter-final, the 24-year-old les Bleus ace was again commanding in Stuttgart.

Having cost Bayern 26 million euros from Marseille earlier this summer, the French international is already proving his worth alongside German star Bastian Schweinsteiger in Munich's midfield.

Ribery fired Bayern ahead on eight minutes and after Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld opted to play a lone striker, 19-year-old Sandro Wagner, the youngster sealed the win with a goal on 66 minutes.

Bayern took the lead when Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel slid a pass through to Wagner, promoted from Bayern's reserves, and the teenager set up Ribery who in turn drove his shot past Stuttgart's diving goalkeeper Raphael Schaefer.

Bayern held the 1-0 lead into the break until Wagner prospered from Ribery's pass to stab the ball home from six metres as the Frenchman returned the favour.

After Schalke 04 beat 4-2 Nuremberg in Tuesday's other semi-final, with German international striker Kevin Kuranyi in impressive form, Bayern will face the Royal Blues in Leipzig in Saturday's final.

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