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First versus second

FCB vow to ‘throw everything’ into showdown

The champions host the nation's most successful club, the leaders play the team in second, the best attack in the league (Bayern with 69 goals) faces the second best (Dortmund with 66 goals), and the best team in the first half of the season is visiting the best of the second half. It is the clash the whole Bundesliga has been waiting for, and it takes place on Wednesday evening (Live in English from 8 PM CET on Web Radio) when Bayern play away to Borussia Dortmund. “It's a clash of the titans, between teams totally on a par with each other," declared Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, “we'll throw everything we have into the match."

For the fifth to last fixture of term, Signal Iduna Park will be packed to its 80,720 capacity, although BVB received more than 450,000 requests for tickets. If Bayern win, they will move level with Dortmund on points and go top on goal difference. A draw would leave Munich within striking distance, but defeat would “probably settle the title race," Rummenigge conceded. “No-one can afford any mistakes and it will take total concentration. It'll be a tough 90 minutes for both teams."