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Two of the strongest teams in Germany, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will renew their rivalry when they face off in the DFL-Supercup final at the Westfalenstadion at midnight Wednesday, August 18.
The Supercup is a one-off match held annually between the Bundesliga champions (Bayern) and DFB-Pokal winners (Dortmund).
The match will most importantly be a contest between two goal-scoring machines, Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski.
Norwegian star Haaland is coming fresh off a brace and three assists in the opening Bundesliga game against Frankfurt. Dortmund won the match 5-2, with captain Marco Reus, Giovanni Reyna and Thorgan Hazard also finding the net.
At the other end of the pitch, Lewandowski will be the biggest threat. The 32-year-old Pole scored once in the opener against Borussia Monchengladbach, but the Bavarians could only level the score 1-1 at the final whistle.
However, Bayern looked dominating under new manager Julian Nagelsmann and will look to take advantage of the second-string Dortmund defence that will miss Mats Hummels, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Soumaila Coulibaly due to injuries.
For the German champions, Benjamin Pavard is out with an ankle issue while Corentin Tolisso is on the probable list after a bout with COVID-19.
Both teams have a rich history in the German Supercup, with Bayern winning it a record eight times while Dortmund claiming six.
A win for either side will get the first major trophy for their coaches, Julian Nagelsmann and Marco Rose, in Germany.
Bayern and Dortmund will play each other in the Bundesliga in December.
Where to watch Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich DFL-Supercup final in India?
The Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich match for the DFL-Supercup will be telecast live at the Sony TEN 1 and Sony TEN 1 HD TV channels in India. It will start at 12:00 AM IST on Wednesday, August 18.
Live streaming of Dortmund vs Bayern will be available on Sony Liv.