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Cup quarter-final

Munich mobilised for match ‘with a real edge’

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On the day prior to the eagerly-awaited DFB Cup quarter-final between Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, winter returned to the Bavarian capital with a vengeance. The normally pristine green turf at the Allianz Arena disappeared under a blanket of snow, but the groundstaff will as usual ensure a perfect playing surface for the latest edition of the biggest domestic fixture in German football, when the runaway Bundesliga leaders meet the reigning champions and cup holders.

It is unquestionably a meeting between the two best teams in Germany – and it is also a rerun of the 2012 cup final, although the match takes place at the quarter-final stage this time round. “The winners will definitely be favourites to take the cup," commented Germany international Thomas Müller, “it's a match with a real edge."