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Prospect of home final grows as Bayern host OM

Published: Thursday 29 March 2012, 9.00CET
FC Bayern München will be only one round away from a place in the UEFA Champions League final at their own ground if they can build on their first-leg win at Olympique de Marseille.

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Published: Thursday 29 March 2012, 9.00CET

Prospect of home final grows as Bayern host OM

FC Bayern München will be only one round away from a place in the UEFA Champions League final at their own ground if they can build on their first-leg win at Olympique de Marseille.

FC Bayern München will be looking to take another step towards reaching the UEFA Champions League final on their own ground when they face Olympique de Marseille in the second leg of their quarter-final.

• The game at Stade Vélodrome on 28 March was the first meeting between the teams in UEFA competition and Bayern came out on top thanks to a goal in each half from Mario Gomez (44) and Arjen Robben (69).

• For the Bavarian club it is the fourth time in six seasons that they have reached the quarter-finals, although they lost two of those three previous last-eight ties; Marseille are involved at this stage for the first time since becoming the tournament's inaugural winners in 1993.

Match background
• The home game with FC Basel 1893 in the round of 16 offered another vivid illustration of Bayern's home strength as they romped to a record-breaking 7-0 victory to emphatically erase the Swiss side's one-goal first-leg advantage. Gomez scored four, Robben two and Thomas Müller the other as Jupp Heynckes' team set a new best for a UEFA Champions League knockout victory, surpassing the previous best recorded by themselves, FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC.

• It was Bayern's 12th win in their last 13 UEFA Champions League home outings. This season they have won five in a row including a 2-0 play-off success against FC Zürich. They last lost in last season's round of 16 when FC Internazionale Milano won 3-2 in Munich to eliminate their hosts on away goals.

• Bayern were last in the semi-finals in 2009/10 when they beat Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 at home in the first leg. Robben scored the only goal in a game in which Franck Ribéry was sent off. Ivica Olić's second-leg hat-trick set up a final against Inter, the German club losing 2-0 in Madrid.

• OM have already won in Germany in this campaign, a 3-2 victory at Borussia Dortmund on matchday six securing their place in the knockout rounds. They retrieved a 2-0 deficit through Loïc Rémy and André Ayew – who also scored in the 3-0 home win against Dortmund – with substitute Mathieu Valbuena notching a superb 87th-minute winner.

• Results outside France were largely responsible for helping Didier Deschamps' team to progress. They also won 1-0 at Olympiacos FC and drew 0-0 at Arsenal FC.

• In the round of 16 Marseille beat Inter 1-0 at home, thanks to André Ayew's winner deep into added time. In the return substitute Brandão struck, again in stoppage time, to make the score at San Siro 1-1, Marseille progressing on away goals after Giampaolo Pazzini's last-gasp penalty.

• That reverse was only the fourth Marseille have suffered in 13 away games in the competition. Six of those fixtures have resulted in Marseille victories.

• Bayern's home record against Ligue 1 opposition is W8 D2 L3. They have won three out of four two-legged contests with French sides.

• Marseille have won their last two knockout ties with German opponents having lost the two before that. They are unbeaten in their last three visits to Germany, winning one and drawing two.

• Before this season, Marseille had not locked horns with Bundesliga sides 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.

• That was the first time in four visits to Germany that the French team managed to find the net, their first two trips producing a 6-0 defeat by 1. FC Köln in the 1973/74 UEFA Cup second round and a 3-0 loss to FC Carl Zeiss Jena in the first round of the same competition two years later. The next assignment, against VfB Leipzig in the 1987/88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup first round, ended goalless.

• Only two teams have ever failed to progress after winning an away first leg in the UEFA Champions League era, most recently Bayern last season when a 1-0 success at Inter in the round of 16 preceded a 3-2 defeat in Munich. Panathinaikos FC won 1-0 at AFC Ajax in the first leg of the 1995/96 semi-finals but went down 3-0 at home.

• Last season's setback was the first time in 21 UEFA competition ties in which Bayern had won the first leg away but lost the tie. Of the four occasions Bayern recorded a 2-0 away first-leg victory, they subsequently earned three draws and a victory in the home returns.

• Marseille have lost three of the four UEFA competition ties in which they have suffered a home first-leg defeat. The sole exception was in the most recent, against FC Twente in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 32, when a 1-0 reverse at the Vélodrome was followed by an away victory by the same scoreline, Marseille winning 7-6 on penalties.

• Bayern's shoot-out record in UEFA competition is:
5-4 v Valencia CF, 2000/01 UEFA Champions League final
9-8 v PAOK FC, 1983/84 UEFA Cup second round
4-3 v Åtvidaberg FF, 1973/74 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round

• Marseille's record is:
7-6 v FC Twente, 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 32
4-1 v K. Beerschot AC, 2005/06 UEFA Cup first round
3-5 v FK Crvena zvezda, 1990/91 European Champion Clubs' Cup final

• The victorious team will take on the winners of the contest between APOEL FC and Real Madrid CF in the semi-finals on 17 and 25 April.

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 Heynckes' Real Madrid 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, Müller and Gomez were all on the opposing side.

• Steve 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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