Lazio's first venture into the knockout rounds in 21 years pits them against holders Bayern München.
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Lazio, in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds for only the second time, face holders Bayern München, who are on a long unbeaten run in UEFA competition.
• Both clubs came through the group stage undefeated. While Bayern won five of their six fixtures this season to finish seven points clear at the top of Group A, Lazio needed a 2-2 draw at home to Club Brugge on Matchday 6 to claim second place in Group F behind Borussia Dortmund.
• This is the teams' first meeting in UEFA competition.
• Lazio drew four of their six Group F games, all three away matches – at Club Brugge, Zenit and Dortmund – ending 1-1. They won their first two home matches 3-1, defeating Dortmund on Matchday 1 and Zenit on Matchday 4, before the qualiification-sealing draw against Club Brugge in Rome on Matchday 6.
• The Rome club have not kept a clean sheet in their last 17 UEFA Champions League games, group stage to final, since a 2-0 win at Beşiktaş on Matchday 1 of the 2003/04 campaign. It is nine games in the competition proper since they kept their goal intact at home – in a 1-0 defeat of Galatasaray on 24 October 2001.
• Matchday 2 marked Lazio's first draw in 19 European games, since they were held 2-2 by Dynamo Kyiv in Rome in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg in March 2018; three of their subsequent four matches have also finished all square.
• This is Lazio's sixth UEFA Champions League campaign. On their most recent appearance, in 2007/08, they finished fourth in their section having picked up only five points from six games. Their previous appearances in the competition all came between 1999 and 2004.
• Despite this season's wins against Dortmund and Zenit, Lazio have won only three of their last 17 UEFA Champions League matches, group stage to final (D8 L6).
• Before their first Group F game, Lazio's sole UEFA Champions League tie since 2007 had been a play-off defeat by Bayer Leverkusen in 2015/16 (1-0 h, 0-3 a), their last knockout contests against Bundesliga opponents.
• Lazio's record in two-legged ties against German clubs is W2 L2.
• The Biancocelesti took part in the UEFA Europa League group stage in 2019/20, winning two of their fixtures, both at home, but losing the other four to finish third in the standings behind Celtic and CFR Cluj.
• Although unbeaten in this season's competition, Simone Inzaghi's side – who qualified for the group stage by finishing fourth in Serie A in 2019/20 – have lost eight of their last 16 European matches (W4 D4).
• The Italian side had won three successive home European matches before drawing with Club Brugge; they have been victorious in seven of their last 11 European games in Rome (D1 L3).
• Lazio's 3-1 victory against Dortmund on Matchday 1 ended a three-match losing streak, home and away, against German clubs and is their only victory in the last five such contests (D1 L3). Their record against German clubs in Rome is W6 D1 L1.
• This is Lazio's second appearance in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds; their sole previous tie was a defeat by Valencia in the 1999/2000 quarter-finals (2-5 a, 1-0 h). That is their most successful campaign in the competition.
• Lazio are one of two teams making their round of 16 debut in 2020/21, along with Borussia Mönchengladbach.
• The German giants extended their competition record run of victories to 15 this season, following up a 4-0 home defeat of Atlético de Madrid with wins at Lokomotiv Moskva (2-1) and Salzburg (6-2) before a 3-1 home victory against the Austrian side on Matchday 4 sealed progress. Their long winning run was ended by a 1-1 draw at Atleti on Matchday 5, the first time Bayern had failed to win a UEFA Champions League match since 13 March 2019, before a 2-0 closing victory at home to Lokomotiv.
• Bayern claimed their sixth European Cup in 2019/20, and third in the UEFA Champions League era, with a 1-0 final defeat of Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon. That was Bayern's 11th successive win in the competition, surpassing the record mark they set between April and November 2013 and which Real Madrid matched between April 2014 and February 2015. Bayern were the first unbeaten champions since Manchester United in 2007/08.
• The Munich club became only the seventh team – and first from Germany – to win all six games in the UEFA Champions League group stage last season, before easing through the knockout stages, beating Chelsea in the round of 16 (3-0 a, 4-1 h) before wins in one-off ties against Barcelona (8-2) – the first time Bayern had scored eight goals in a UEFA Champions League match – Lyon (3-0) and Paris in Lisbon.
• Bayern's 43 goals in last season's UEFA Champions League campaign was the highest total by any club since the competition changed format in 2003/04. The all-time record for a single campaign is the 45 scored by Barcelona in 1999/2000 – though they played 16 matches compared to Bayern's 11 in 2019/20.
• Robert Lewandowski finished as the top scorer in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League with 15 goals, two shy of Cristiano Ronaldo's competition record of 17 for Real Madrid in 2013/14. The goal he scored against Salzburg on Matchday 4 this season was his 71st in the UEFA Champions League, moving him level with Raúl González in joint third in the competition's all-time scoring list.
• This is Bayern's 24th UEFA Champions League campaign, fewer only than Barcelona and Real Madrid (both 25). They have now won their section 17 times, including in each of the last three seasons. Only Barcelona (21 times) have done so more often.
• Champions of Germany for a record 30th time last season – with a landmark eighth successive Bundesliga title – Bayern have reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals or better in eight of the last nine seasons, the exception their defeat by eventual champions Liverpool in the 2018/19 round of 16.
• Bayern have already won European silverware this season, defeating UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla 2-1 after extra time in the UEFA Super Cup in Budapest on 24 September thanks to goals from Leon Goretzka (34) and Javi Martínez (104).
• The draw at Atlético on Matchday 5 ended Bayern's run of UEFA competition victories at 16; their sole loss in their last 27 European outings is the 3-1 home defeat by Liverpool in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg (W21 D5).
• Bayern's last European away defeat was a 3-0 loss at Paris on Matchday 1 of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League; their record since is W12 D4. Outside Munich they had won ten in a row before being held at Atleti, a result that matched Manchester United's UEFA Champions League record of 16 away games without defeat.
• This is Bayern's first trip to Italy since a 2-2 draw at Juventus in the 2015/16 round of 16 first leg, a tie they went on to win 6-4 on aggregate. That made their record in two-legged ties against Serie A sides W5 L6, with aggregate victories in their last two contests.
• Bayern recorded their joint biggest away victory in UEFA competition at the Stadio Olimpico, beating Lazio's city rivals Roma 7-1 in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage. Their record away to Serie A sides is W7 D4 L9 with no defeats in their last five visits (W3 D2); their away record in knockout ties against Italian sides is W4 D2 L5.
• Bayern's round of 16 record is W12 L4; they beat Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate last season (3-0 a, 4-1 h). The 2018/19 defeat by another English club, Liverpool (0-0 a, 1-3 h), is the only one of their last nine last-16 ties they have failed to win; this is their 13th successive season at this stage.
• The 2016 contest with Juventus was Bayern's fourth UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie against an Italian club; their record is W2 L2.
Links and trivia
• Pepe Reina was a Bayern player in 2014/15, although he made only three Bundesliga appearances. His team-mates included Manuel Neuer, David Alaba, Jérôme Boateng, Javi Martínez, Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski.
• Has also played in Germany:
Ciro Immobile (Borussia Dortmund 2014/15)
• Bayern assistant coach Miroslav Klose played for Lazio between 2011 and 2016, scoring 63 goals in 170 games for the club and winning the Coppa Italia in 2012/13.
• Have also played in Italy:
Douglas Costa (Juventus 2017–20)
Kingsley Coman (Juventus 2014/15)
• Costa won four of his five Serie A games against Lazio with Juve, although his only goal against them came in a 2-1 home defeat in October 2017.
• International team-mates
Andreas Pereira & Douglas Costa (Brazil)
• Have played together
Felipe Caicedo & Marc Roca (Espanyol 2016/17)
• Francesco Acerbi helped Italy keep two clean sheets (0-0 away, 2-0 home) against Lewandowski's Poland in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League on 11 October and 15 November respectively.
• Italy's Marco Parolo scored a penalty past Neuer in the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-finals, but a Germany side also including Boateng, Joshua Kimmich and Müller ran out 6-5 winners in the shoot-out. Boateng and Kimmich both converted their penalties, although Müller missed from the spot.
• UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Senad Lulić, Mateo Musacchio (AC Milan)
Out: Djavan Anderson, Luis Felipe
• Mateo Musacchio's next appearance in UEFA club competition will be his 50th. Felipe Caicedo reached the same mark on Matchday 6.
• Lazio have won eight of their 13 Serie A games since Matchday 6 (D2 L3) including victories at Atalanta (3-1) and in the city derby against Roma (3-0). They were 1-0 winners at home to Sampdoria on Saturday.
• The Rome club won six successive league games between 6 January and 7 February, scoring 13 goals and conceding three in the process. The streak ended with a 3-1 defeat at Inter on 14 February.
• Lazio also defeated Parma 2-1 in the Coppa Italia last 16 on 21 January, but lost 3-2 to ten-man Atalanta in the quarter-finals six days later.
• Simone Inzaghi's side have scored in all 15 games in all competitions since Matchday 6. Lazio have found the net in 30 of their 31 matches in 2020/21, the exception a 3-0 Serie A defeat at Sampdoria on 17 October.
• Ciro Immobile has scored 14 goals in 21 Serie A games this season, and has 19 in all competitions.
• Immobile has not scored more than once in a league match this season, meaning he has failed to score in only seven of his Serie A appearances in the campaign to date.
• Luis Alberto scored five goals in six Serie A games between 20 December and 15 January, including two in the derby against Roma, but was without a goal in three appearances before hitting the winner against Sampdoria on Saturday.
• Vedat Muriqi scored his first Serie A goal in the 3-1 win at Atalanta on 31 January.
• Joaquín Correa made his 100th appearance for Lazio in all competitions in the 3-1 league win at Atalanta on 31 January. Lucas Leiva had reached the same milestone against Parma on 10 January.
• Luis Felipe has been removed from Lazio's UEFA Champions League squad and has not played since undergoing surgery on his left ankle on 22 January.
• Thomas Strakosha, who was out between 6 and 18 January with a hamstring problem, has not played since 21 January due to a knee injury.
• Ştefan Radu has missed Lazio's last two games with a groin problem.
• UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Tanguy Nianzou
Out: Bright Arrey-Mbi, Chris Richards (Hoffenheim, loan), Joshua Zirkzee (Parma, loan)
• Joshua Kimmich's next appearance in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, will be his 50th. He made his 50th appearance in UEFA club competition on Matchday 3.
• Thomas Müller has played 121 matches in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final; no German has played in the competition more. Manuel Neuer (116) is also now ahead of previous record holder Philipp Lahm's total of 112 matches.
• In 2020 Bayern prevailed in 42 of their 48 matches (D5 L1). Their sole defeat was a 4-1 loss at Hoffenheim on 27 September.
• Bayern have won ten of their 15 matches in all competitions since Matchday 6 (D3 L2), going down 2-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
• Five days after a 3-2 Bundesliga defeat at Mönchengladbach on 8 January, holders Bayern suffered elimination in the second round of the German Cup for the first time in more than 20 years. Bayern lost 6-5 on penalties at 2. Bundesliga side Holstein Kiel following a 2-2 draw after extra time.
• Bayern conceded the first goal in eight successive Bundesliga matches between 7 November and 3 January but did not lose a single one (W5 D3); in their next fixture, at Gladbach, they lost 3-2 having been two goals up.
• Bayern have conceded 31 goals in their first 22 Bundesliga games this season, their highest total in the 21st century, surpassing the 30 at the same stage in 2008/09.
• Bayern were on a seven-match winning run until a 3-3 Bundesliga draw at home to Arminia Bielefeld on 15 February. Bayern twice trailed by two goals, before Corentin Tolisso and Alphonso Davies salvaged a point with their first league goals of the season.
• On 11 February Bayern won the FIFA Club World Cup for the second time after a Benjamin Pavard goal was enough to see off Mexico's Tigres UANL in the final in Doha, Qatar. Three days earlier they had won 2-0 in the semi-finals against Egypt's Al Ahly, with Robert Lewandowski striking twice.
• Lewandowski, who scored Bayern's goal at Frankfurt at the weekend, has 26 goals after 22 Bundesliga matchdays, a new competition record.
• Lewandowski has scored 262 league goals for Dortmund and Bayern combined, the third highest Bundesliga total of all time, behind former Bayern striker Gerd Müller (365 goals) and Klaus Fischer (268).
• On 30 January, in a 4-1 win against Hoffenheim, Jérôme Boateng scored his first league goal since 27 January 2018, when he was also on target against Hoffenheim in a 5-2 win.
• On 15 February Bayern announced that Douglas Costa faces a spell on the sidelines due to a metatarsal injury suffered in training.
• Serge Gnabry has also missed Bayern's last two games because of a thigh injury he sustained against Tigres.
• Thomas Müller has missed Bayern's last three games with illness while Pavard has not played since the Club World Cup final; Leon Goretzka and Javi Martínez returned from illness as substitutes on Saturday having both missed five games.
• Tolisso underwent surgery on a thigh injury on 19 February and is expected to be sidelined for three months.
• Alexander Nübel has been sidelined by an ankle injury since 28 January.
• Tanguy Nianzou has been out since 11 December due to a thigh injury.
• On 16 February David Alaba announced that he will leave Bayern when his contract expires at the end of the season.
• Two days earlier, Bayern had confirmed that Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano will join on a five-year deal on 1 July.
• Neuer, Davies, Kimmich and Lewandowski, plus former Bayern midfielder Thiago Alcántara, were included in the UEFA.com fans' Men's Team of the Year 2020.