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Match facts: Valencia v Bayern

Published: Saturday 17 November 2012, 2.45CET
Match facts: Valencia v Bayern
Toni Kroos scores against Valencia on matchday one ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 17 November 2012, 2.45CET

Match facts: Valencia v Bayern


UEFA Champions League statistics
• Valencia are eight games unbeaten at Mestalla in the UEFA Champions League, since a 1-0 defeat by Manchester United FC on 29 September 2010. They have won six, including the last four home matches.

• Roberto Soldado's treble on matchday three made him only the 13th player to score more than one UEFA Champions League hat-trick, and the first Spaniard.

• Soldado will incur a suspension with his next booking.

• Valencia have scored ten goals, the joint highest total in the group stage alongside Chelsea FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, Real Madrid CF and Bayern.

International duty
• Six Valencia players were on senior duty during the international break: Diego Alves (Brazil), Soldado (Spain), Tino Costa (Argentina), Ricardo Costa (Portugal), Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria) and Adil Rami (France).

• Feghouli last month helped Algeria book a place in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

• Soldado struck an 89th-minute penalty on Saturday as Valencia beat RCD Espanyol 2-1 to extend their winning run at home to seven matches in all competitions. The visitors had two players sent off late on.

• Aly Cissokho scored his second goal in eight Liga appearances at Real Valladolid CF on 11 November but was later sent off in a 1-1 draw. His total this season is already double what he managed in 143 league outings for FC Gueugnon, Vitória FC, FC Porto and Olympique Lyonnais.

• Éver Banega was ruled out from 19 February to 20 October after breaking his leg having left the handbrake off his car at a petrol station.

• Pablo Piatti has not featured since fracturing his right arm in training on 7 September and suffered a further setback on 9 November with an adductor problem.

• Sergio Canales has not been included in Valencia's UEFA Champions League squad as he recovers from an anterior cruciate ligament problem sustained last season.


UEFA Champions League statistics
• Claudio Pizarro's first goal on matchday four was Bayern's 500th in the European Cup. They have conceded 394 in UEFA competition.

• Pizarro's 16-minute hat-trick against LOSC Lille was the third fastest in UEFA Champions League history.

• Bayern are nine home games unbeaten in the UEFA Champions League, discounting last season's final, since a 3-2 loss to FC Internazionale Milano in the 2010/11 first knockout round – their only defeat in 17 home outings in the competition.

• Bayern have scored ten goals, the joint highest total in the group stage alongside Chelsea FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, Real Madrid CF and Valencia.

• Bastian Schweinsteiger will incur a suspension with his next yellow card.

International duty
• Eleven Bayern players were on senior international duty on Wednesday: Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller (Germany), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Franck Ribéry (France), Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Ukraine), Javi Martínez (Spain), Daniel Van Buyten (Belgium), David Alaba (Austria), Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) and Mario Mandžukić (Croatia).

• Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos (both ill) and Jérôme Boateng (groin) pulled out of the Germany squad, while Holger Badstuber was sidelined with a groin problem.

• Shaqiri scored a 95th-minute winner as Switzerland claimed a 2-1 friendly victory against Tunisia.

• Robben came up against club-mates Müller, Lahm and Neuer as the Netherlands drew 0-0 with Germany.

• Bayern's seven-match winning run away from home in the Bundesliga ended on Saturday as their former midfielder Markus Feulner earned a 1-1 draw for a 1. FC Nürnberg side that played the last 14 minutes with ten men.

• Rafinha, Van Buyten and Tymoshchuk made their first league starts of the season at Nürnberg as Lahm started on the Bayern substitutes' bench for the first time since 16 April 2008.

• Robben suffered a thigh injury against Germany and misses the trip to Valencia.

• Van Buyten made his first competitive appearance of the season on 10 November in a 2-0 home win against Eintracht Frankfurt, replacing Boateng after the full-back ruptured a groin muscle.

• Alaba converted a penalty against Eintracht, his first Bayern goal since 16 December 2011.

• Bayern will face FC Augsburg in the German Cup third round on 18 December.

• Mario Gomez marked his return to action with four goals in Bayern's 6-0 friendly victory against sixth division side FC Falke Markt Schwaben last Tuesday. The 27-year-old has not played since UEFA EURO 2012 having undergone surgery on his ankle on 7 August.

• Neuer is in the running for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award, the winner of which will be announced on 7 January in Zurich. Jupp Heynckes is nominated for the coaching prize.

• Bayern's eight straight Bundesliga victories at the start of the season was a new record, surpassing the mark of seven set by themselves (1995/96), 1. FC Kaiserslautern (2001/02) and 1. FSV Mainz 05 (2010/11). The run ended on 28 October with a 2-1 defeat by Bayer 04 Leverkusen, their first home loss in the fixture in 23 years.

• Bayern's 2-1 win against Valencia on matchday one was their sixth in as many games in 2012/13. The last time they began the season with six successive victories, in 2000/01, they claimed the UEFA Champions League.

Last updated: 18/11/12 22.54CET

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