The first round of the German Cup is underway. Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig are set to face lowly opposition: Sixth-tier club Sportfreunde Dorfmerkingen may not have a great chance of progression, but the whole town buzzes with excitement.
RB Leipzig are not Bayern Munich, nor could they ever be, but the gap between Germany's most successful team and Germany's most promising one is closing. A double header makes for a mouth-watering prospect.
In a rehearsal for their Bundesliga match on Saturday, Bayern Munich beat RB Leipzig 5-4 on penalties after an exhilarating contest. Elsewhere, Cologne scored three in Berlin and Bremen knocked out Hoffenheim.
Borussia Dortmund failed to beat APOEL and RB Leipzig fell to defeat to Porto on another bad night for German teams in Europe. Both teams have their work cut out to reach the last 16 - re-live all the action here.
They ultimately fell short in the cup on Wednesday but RB Leipzig can take revenge on Bayern Munich when the two teams meet in the Bundesliga this weekend. Yet the real winners of that game could be Borussia Dortmund.
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