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Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and More
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Manchester City and hosts Bayern Munich will compete for the 2013 Audi Cup trophy on Thursday at Allianz Arena in Germany.

City defeated Milan in the semifinals on Wednesday, 5-3, with all eight goals being scored in an explosive first half.

Munich defeated Sao Paulo 2-0, with Mario Mandzukic and Mitchell Weiser getting the goals.

Here's a look at the broadcasting information for the 2013 Audi Cup final, complete with a preview of the international clash.

 

Where: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

When: Thursday, August 1, at 2:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. BST)

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

Manchester City, coming off a second-place finish in the Premier League last season, erupted for five goals after 35 minutes against Milan on Wednesday. David Silva, Micah Richards, Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko (two goals) all scored for the club.

Of course, City also allowed three goals before the half ended, courtesy of two scores by Stephan El Shaarawy and a goal from Andrea Petagna. El Shaarawy and Petagna could have also added another goal apiece before the half but flopped on one-on-ones.

Meanwhile, Munich scored twice in the second half to beat Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

While the match was scoreless at halftime, it wasn't for the lack of danger on the attacking end by the hosts. Munich got off 16 shots at goal before halftime, per Munich's official website, but South American goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni kept the German side at bay.

But Mario Mandzukic put City on the board in the 55th minute off a rebound, and Mitchell Weiser did the same in the 86th minute.

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After winning the Audi Cup in 2009 and placing second in 2011, Bayern are hoping for another Audi Cup title this year. The defending Bundesliga champions posted 91 points last season, scoring 98 goals while allowing just 18.

Bayern Munich are ranked second in the world club rankings by UEFA; City are ranked 22nd.

City's barrage in the first half on Wednesday showed just how dangerous they can be, but the three goals conceded also showed that the Sky Blues have work to do on the back end.

Each club's defense should be the difference on Thursday. Not only does Munich sport defenders like Philipp Lahm, it also boasts a fantastic midfield including Franck Ribery, which rarely even allows opponents to get to the back end.

Expect Munich to win its second Audi Cup championship on the back of its defense on Thursday in front of its home crowd.

 

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