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Bayern know history on Milan's side

Published: Sunday 26 February 2006, 1.00CET
FC Bayern München are looking to gain a first aggregate victory over AC Milan in UEFA club competition but must win or achieve a high-scoring draw.
Published: Sunday 26 February 2006, 1.00CET

Bayern know history on Milan's side

FC Bayern München are looking to gain a first aggregate victory over AC Milan in UEFA club competition but must win or achieve a high-scoring draw.

Andriy Shevchenko's second-half equaliser in the Fußball Arena München has made FC Bayern München's task more difficult as they look to gain a first aggregate victory over AC Milan in UEFA club competition. To achieve that ambition they will have to win at the San Siro or achieve a high-scoring draw.

First unbeaten visitors
• Shevchenko's penalty forced a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their first knockout round tie and enabled the Italian club to become the first visiting team to avoid defeat at the German champions' new stadium.

Penalty leveller
• Bayern gained a deserved half-time advantage through Michael Ballack’s stunning strike but could not force a second goal. When Valérien Ismaël handled, it gave Shevchenko the chance to put Milan in the driving seat.

Happy omens
• If they complete the job on their own ground Carlo Ancelotti's team will begin to believe more strongly in their chances of lifting the European Champion Clubs' Cup for a seventh time.

• On each occasion in which they have overcome Germany's most famous club side over two matches they have gone on to lift a trophy. It happened in the European Cups of 1989/90 and 2002/03 and also in the 1967/68 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

• In those six matches Bayern prevailed just once with Milan claiming four victories. The last encounter, the 2002/03 first group stage, ended in 2-1 home and away victories for the Italian side.

PSV escape
• Milan's recent home games in the competition underline the difficulties Bayern face. Since losing two fixtures in the San Siro in the 2003/04 group stage, Milan have won ten of eleven fixtures on their own turf with PSV Eindhoven, in this season's group, the only visitors to escape unbeaten. They earned a 0-0 draw.

• Historically the Italian giants do not make a habit of losing to German visitors. In 14 home games they have won eleven and lost only twice.

Unconvincing results
• Milan's campaign in this season's group stage hit something of a roadblock on Matchday 2 with a 2-2 draw against FC Schalke 04. Another draw followed by an away defeat in two successive games against PSV made them fear for their qualifying ticket.

• Two finishing victories in Group E, including a 4-0 away win against Fenerbahçe SK with Shevchenko scoring all four, put them in better heart and a narrow home success against Schalke kept PSV's strong challenge at bay.

Tough test last year
• Milan's passage to last season's final where they lost a dramatic encounter to Liverpool FC on penalties, included 1-0 wins, home and away against Manchester United FC in the first knockout round. The striking skills of Hernán Crespo proved the difference each time.

German finalists
• Milan have twice faced German clubs in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final. In the 1967/68 campaign they defeated Hamburger SV 2-0 in Rotterdam, while in the 1973/74 edition, played again in the Dutch city, they lost by the same scoreline to 1. FC Magdeburg.

Bayern strong in group
• Bayern faced another Italian side, Juventus, in the group stage and honours finished even with both sides winning at home – and both by 2-1 However, Felix Magath's men, who reeled off three victories in the first three games, had to settle for runners-up spot in Group A after they dropped two points on Matchday 6 away to Club Brugge KV.

Last season's run
• It will be some comfort to the German champions to recall that at this stage last season they hit top form, winning their first game with Arsenal FC 3-1. Although the English team gained a measure of revenge at Highbury two weeks later they could only reduce the arrears by a single goal.

• Two thrilling games with Chelsea FC then ensued and the 4-2 defeat suffered on their return to London gave Bayern plenty to do on their own turf. A 3-2 victory was not quite enough to prolong the Munich team's participation.

Five successive defeats
• A reminder of their record in Italy will not fill Bayern with over-confidence as they try and secure a seventh quarter-final place in the last nine seasons. They have lost on the last five occasions they have played Italian clubs on their own grounds but they did win the 2000/01 UEFA Champions League final in Milan, with a 5-4 success on penalties against Valencia CF after a 1-1 draw. Their record away to Italian clubs shows eight games played with six lost and two wins.

Knockout format
• Clubs play two matches against each other on a home and away basis, with the team scoring the greater aggregate of goals qualifying for the next round. In the event of both teams scoring the same number of goals, the team which scores more goals away qualifies. If this proves inconclusive, extra time of two periods of 15 minutes is played after the second match. If during extra time both teams score the same number of goals, the away goals count double (ie. the visiting team advances). If no goals are scored during extra time, the winner is decided by penalty kicks.

Last updated: 27/02/06 17.03CET

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