Bayern, Dortmund meet in German Cup final

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BERLIN (AP) - Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will meet in a fitting German Cup final on Saturday.

Germany’s top two sides for the last three seasons meet for the end-of-season title in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium for the second time in three years.

Bayern, which defeated Stuttgart in last year’s final, is aiming to avenge its humiliating 5-2 loss to Dortmund in the 2012 final and complete the league and cup double in Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge.

But Dortmund, which finished runner-up in the Bundesliga and - like Bayern - was knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid, is the domestic rival Bayern fears the most.

Here are five things to know about Saturday’s match:

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LEWANDOWSKI‘S LAST LOYALTY

Robert Lewandowski will be playing his last game for Dortmund against his future side. The Poland striker signed a five-year deal effective July 1 with Bayern last January, after Dortmund failed in its attempts to extend his four-year contract.

Rather than cash in on a transfer fee and allow Lewandowski leave last year, Dortmund opted to improve his conditions for the remaining year of his contract and lose him for nothing.

The 25-year-old Lewandowski repaid the club with 20 league goals, six in the Champions League and two in the German Cup. Altogether, he scored 74 goals and set up 31 more in 131 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund.

“And we’ll have to do without this quality in the future. That’s bitter,” Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said.

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BAYERN‘S BALANCE

History is on Bayern’s side. The Bavarian powerhouse has played 20 of 71 German Cup finals - a record - and won 16 of them, also a record.

Werder Bremen is next with six cup wins, followed by Schalke with five. If Dortmund wins on Saturday it will join Nuremberg, Cologne and Eintracht Frankfurt with four.

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