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Marseille run put to the test by Bayern pedigree

Published: Monday 19 March 2012, 9.00CET
This is the furthest Olympique de Marseille have gone in the competition since their 1993 triumph, a marked contrast to FC Bayern München's recent experience at this stage.

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Published: Monday 19 March 2012, 9.00CET

Marseille run put to the test by Bayern pedigree

This is the furthest Olympique de Marseille have gone in the competition since their 1993 triumph, a marked contrast to FC Bayern München's recent experience at this stage.

Olympique de Marseille are in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since becoming the tournament's inaugural winners in 1993. To progress further they have to get the better of an FC Bayern München side who have the additional incentive of trying to reach a final which is to be staged at their home stadium.

• It is the first meeting between the teams and the fourth time in six seasons that the Bavarian club have reached this stage. In 2009/10, their last appearance in the last eight, they beat Manchester United FC on away goals after the aggregate scores were tied at 4-4. Bayern won 2-1 at home and lost 3-2 away.

Match background
• Two home defeats in the group stage could not prevent OM making progress to the knockout rounds but they did serve to cast their home record in Europe's elite club competition in an even worse light. Before the round of 16 tie with FC Internazionale Milano they had suffered nine defeats in their last 18 fixtures at Stade Vélodrome, in the competition proper, with only six victories.

• They improved that statistic with a 1-0 win against the 2010 champions, André Ayew settling a tight contest deep into added time with a header from a corner.

• In the return substitute Brandão struck, again in stoppage time, to make the score at San Siro 1-1. There was still time for Giampaolo Pazzini to give Inter victory on the night with a penalty after Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda had been sent off, but the French team triumphed on away goals.

• Bayern had won six of their previous nine UEFA Champions League away games before going down 1-0 at FC Basel 1893 in the round of 16 first leg. They overturned that deficit with a 7-0 triumph in the return, setting a new record for margin of victory in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds.

• Marseille also faced German opponents in the group stage, beating Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Stade Vélodrome and 3-2 away on matchday six to secure their place in the knockout rounds. Loïc Rémy and André Ayew scored in both games, Marseille coming from 2-0 down in Germany when substitute Mathieu Valbuena's superb 87th-minute winner sent them into the last 16.

• Those were Marseille's first contests with a German team since the 1998/99 UEFA Cup when, in a second round tie against SV Werder Bremen, they followed a 1-1 away draw with a 3-2 win at home. Three other home fixtures have produced two wins and a defeat, the reverse coming against FC Carl Zeiss Jena in the 1975/76 UEFA Cup first round when a 1-0 home loss completed a 4-0 aggregate defeat.

• Marseille have won their last two knockout ties with German opponents having lost the two before that. In ten games they have won five and lost three.

• Marseille's other two home games in Group F, against Arsenal FC and Olympiacos FC, both ended in 1-0 reverses.

• Two years ago Bayern were paired with Olympique Lyonnais in the semi-finals, Arjen Robben scoring the only goal in Munich in a game in which Franck Ribéry was sent off before Ivica Olić's second-leg hat-trick set up a final against Inter, the German club losing 2-0 in Madrid.

• That season Bayern also faced an FC Girondins de Bordeaux side, who included Alou Diarra, in the group stage, losing 2-1 away and 2-0 at home.

• Bayern's away record against Ligue 1 opposition is W4 D3 L6.

• They have won three out of four two-legged contests with French sides, including the 1995/96 UEFA Cup final against Bordeaux. Bayern also recorded their third European Cup final victory by beating AS Saint-Étienne 1-0 in 1976, Franz Roth the scorer.

• Their away games in Group A produced a 2-0 win at Villarreal CF, a 1-1 draw at SSC Napoli and a 2-0 defeat at Manchester City FC when their place as section winners was already guaranteed.

Team ties
• Didier Deschamps was captain of the Marseille side who lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy in Munich's Olympiastadion on 26 May 1993 after a 1-0 victory against AC Milan.

• Deschamps' last European game as a player came against Bayern in the 2001 UEFA Champions League final. They beat his Valencia CF side 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at San Siro.

• As a Juventus player, Deschamps ended up on the losing side when Jupp Heynckes' Real Madrid CF won the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League final 1-0 at the Amsterdam ArenA.

• He also lost the 1997 final in Munich when Juventus went down 3-1 to Dortmund.

• Ribéry was at OM between 2005 and 2007, helping them reach the French Cup final in successive seasons. He played 60 Ligue 1 matches, scoring 11 goals.

• Daniel Van Buyten had a three-year spell with Marseille from 2001. He made 76 appearances, scoring 12 goals.

• Diarra played 41 league games for Bayern's reserve side between 2000 and 2002, scoring five goals.

• Ribéry played alongside Morgan Amalfitano, Diarra and Valbuena as France beat Germany 2-1 in a Bremen friendly on 29 February. Jérôme Boateng, Holger Badstuber, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller and Mario Gomez were all on the opposing side.

• Mandanda is also a team-mate of Ribéry for France.

• Brandão and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk played together for FC Shakhtar Donetsk between 2002 and 2007.

• During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Germany won a group match 1-0 against a Ghana side which included André Ayew. Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Boateng, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Müller and Kroos all played for the winning team.

• Tymoshchuk scored Ukraine's goal in a 4-1 defeat by France in Donetsk in July 2011 with Mandanda, Loïc Rémy and Ribéry all on the winning side.

• Boateng and Olić's Hamburger SV were 3-0 winners against a Stade Rennais FC team which included Rod Fanni in the 2007/08 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Robben struck his first UEFA Champions League goal for PSV Eindhoven against AJ Auxerre in a 3-0 home win on 30 October 2002. He also scored in the Netherlands' 4-1 defeat of France at UEFA EURO 2008 in which Mandanda was an unused substitute.

• At the 2010 World Cup group stage, Nicolas N'Koulou and Stéphane Mbia were in the Cameroon side beaten 2-1 in the group stage by the Netherlands in Cape Town, Robben coming on as a substitute.

• In November 2011, France and Belgium played out a 0-0 draw in a friendly match in Paris. Rémy and Ribéry featured for France while Van Buyten started for the visitors.

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