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Road to Berlin

FCB and VfB’s route to the cup final

Saturday evening’s DFB Cup showdown between Bayern and VfB Stuttgart is the second final featuring the two clubs, after the pair met in Berlin back in 1986. Overall, it is the tenth meeting between the south German rivals in the domestic knockout competition. casts an eye back over this season’s cup campaign, tracing FCB and VfB's route to the Olympic Stadium in the German capital.

Coach Jupp Heynckes’ men set out on the road to the capital away to second division Jahn Regensburg. The competition's most successful club eased to victory by a 4-0 margin in a one-sided match thanks to new signings, with a brace from Mario Mandzukic, and goals from Xherdan Shaqiri and Claudio Pizarro. Two days earlier, VfB recorded a routine 5-0 victory away to sixth-tier Falkensee-Finkenkrug to seal their berth in the second round.