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Bavarian powerhouse Bayern Munich entertain Gelsenkirchen giants Schalke on Wednesday evening for a place in the DFB Pokal final. Many believe the tie would have made the perfect showcase event with the winner due to come up against second division Duisburg or Energie Cottbus.

Over the years we've seen some enthralling encounters between the two sides and the upcoming game at the Allianz Arena will hopefully become an instant classic. Here are five of the best games between Bayern and Schalke from the past.

1) Bayern Munich 2-1 Schalke
DFB Pokal Final, 1968-69

The cup final meeting in the 1968-69 campaign was the first time the two sides had met in such a showcase event. Branko Zebec and Rudi Gutendorf's men went into the tie with contrasting cup final form, with Bayern winning two of the previous three trophies, while Schalke had contested six finals in total prior to the game, but had only managed success once in 1937.
Gerd Mueller gave the Bavarian club the lead but Manfred Pohlschmidt equalized for the Gelsenkirchen outfit on 20 minutes. However, it was to be Bayern's day when Mueller scored his second goal of the game to condemn die Knappen to yet another cup final defeat. The result also ensured die Roten completed a Bundesliga and DFB Pokal double, the first in German football history.

2) Bayern Munich 5-1 Schalke,
Bundesliga, 1971-72

There was to be more disappointment for Schalke in the ninth Bundesliga campaign with a heavy defeat against Bayern. The tie was the last game of the season, and a winner-takes-all battle with the Bundesliga title on the line.

Udo Lattek's men had too much for their rivals in the first ever competitive fixture at the Olympiastadion in front of 80,000 supporters. The victory saw Bayern lift the Bundesliga trophy, the first of three consecutive title wins, while Schalke are still waiting to this day for their first Bundesliga title.

3) Bayern Munich 0-7 Schalke,
Bundesliga, 1976-77

After the embarrassment in 1972, Schalke inflicted late revenge on their rivals with an astonishing 7-0 away victory at the Olympiastadion. The goal scorers that day included the prolific Klaus Fischer, who struck four, with Manni Dubski, Ruediger Abramczik and Erwin Kremers completing the rout.

The result remains Schalke's record away victory in the Bundesliga, and Bayern's record league defeat. Despite the phenomenal goal tally, die Koenigsblauen still finished the season a point behind eventual league winners Borussia Moenchengladbach.

4) Schalke 6-6 Bayern Munich,
DFB Pokal Semi-Final, 1983-84

Arguably the most memorable game between the two sides, this classic in the 1983-84 cup semi-final will be remembered forever by both sets of supporters. The game was tied at 4-4 at the end of 90 minutes, meaning extra-time beckoned.

The Bavarian giants believed they had reached the final when they went 6-5 up in the 118th minute courtesy of a Dieter Hoeness strike but remarkably, an 18-year-old Olaf Thon scored his hat-trick goal with the final kick of the game to force a replay. Schalke fans celebrated into the night but failed to reach the final after losing the replay 3-2, with Bayern eventually beating Borussia Moenchengladbach in the final on penalties.

5) Schalke 1-2 Bayern Munich,
Bundesliga, 2009-10

Last season saw both sides going head-to-head for the Bundesliga title and once again, it was the Munich club that prevailed. In early April, Schalke had built a two-point lead over their rivals but were turned over by ten-men Bayern at the Veltins Arena.

Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller gave die Roten a 2-0 lead in the game before Kevin Kuranyi reduced the deficit. Despite Hamit Altintop's sending-off in the first-half, Schalke were unable to find the equaliser that would have ensured they maintained their place at the top of the Bundesliga. Die Knappen never recovered, with Louis van Gaal's men going on to win the title by five points and complete yet another domestic double.

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