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Bayern in need of a miracle

FC Bayern München welcome FC Barcelona to Bavaria for the second leg of their quarter-final knowing they will have to make UEFA Champions League history if they are to fully capitalise on home advantage and progress.

Bayern's Luca Toni reflects on a chastening evening at the Camp Nou
Bayern's Luca Toni reflects on a chastening evening at the Camp Nou ©Getty Images

FC Bayern München welcome FC Barcelona to Bavaria for the second leg of their quarter-final knowing they will have to make UEFA Champions League history if they are to fully capitalise on home advantage and claim their first semi-final place since 2001 – the year of their last European triumph.

• No team has ever overturned a four-goal first-leg deficit in the competition, yet that is what Bayern must do following their heavy defeat in Barcelona, a result which emphatically ended their unbeaten record in this season's competition.

• Deprived of Lucio, Daniel Van Buyten and Philipp Lahm, Bayern's makeshift defence was picked apart twice in the first 12 minutes as goals from Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto'o put Barça in command. Further strikes from Messi again (38) and Thierry Henry (43) deepened Bayern's misery as the Munich club slipped to a loss that equalled their biggest margin of defeat in UEFA club competition.

• The biggest first-leg deficit a side has overturned in the UEFA Champions League era was achieved by RC Deportivo La Coruña in the 2003/04 quarter-finals when they fought back from a 4-1 defeat at AC Milan to win 4-0 at home.

• Bayern have won seven of the 17 ties in UEFA club competition in which they have had to overturn a first-leg deficit at home, although in each previous instance they returned to Munich trailing by only a single goal. Of the ten ties that ended in aggregate defeat, the German side enjoyed the consolation of a second-leg victory seven times.

• Barcelona, meanwhile, have lost only three of 36 two-legged contests in UEFA club competition when they won the first match at home. Curiously, all three defeats came against English clubs: against Chelsea FC in the 2004/05 first knockout round (2-1, 2-4); Manchester United FC in the 1983/84 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals (2-0, 0-3); and Aston Villa FC in the 1982 UEFA Super Cup final (1-0, 0-3).

• Beaten at this stage of the competition in 2002, 2005 and 2007, Bayern can at least take heart from an excellent home record against Spanish clubs down the years, not to mention some fine results at the Fußball Arena München in Europe this season, with three wins and a draw – and 14 goals scored.

• Jürgen Klinsmann's side put seven past Sporting Clube de Portugal in their last UEFA Champions League fixture here yet of all the teams in the tournament, Barcelona are the least likely to be intimidated by a rival's scoring prowess.

• The Spanish club are the highest-scoring team on their travels with 13 from four matches and boast a fine recent away record in the UEFA Champions League, having won eight and drawn three of their last 12 games on the road.

• Barcelona are unbeaten away from home in this season's competition, with group-stage victories at FC Shakhtar Donetsk (2-1), FC Basel 1893 (5-0) and Sporting (5-2) preceding a 1-1 draw at Olympique Lyonnais in the last 16.

• Bayern began their home campaign in this season's competition with a 1-1 draw against Lyon prior to a pair of 3-0 victories against ACF Fiorentina and FC Steaua Bucureşti and that Sporting victory.

• The German champions reached the quarter-finals in emphatic fashion after crushing Sporting 12-1 on aggregate (5-0 away, 7-1 at home). Prior to that they had finished first in Group F with a record of W4 D2 L0.

• Josep Guardiola's Barcelona advanced with a 6-3 aggregate victory against Lyon in the first knockout round (1-1 away, 5-2 home). Barcelona had previously topped Group C with a record of W4 D1 L1.

• Coaches Klinsmann and Guardiola were both in action when Barcelona and Bayern met for the first time in the semi-finals of the 1995/96 UEFA Cup. The teams drew 2-2 in Munich before Bayern – with Klinsmann again present but Guardiola absent – won through to the final with a 2-1 success at the Camp Nou. Carlos Busquets, father of Barcelona midfielder Sérgio, featured in goal for the Azulgrana in both legs.

• The clubs' next encounters came in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League group stage when Bayern recorded home and away successes, 1-0 in Germany and 2-1 in Spain. At the Camp Nou, Bayern came from a goal behind to win through second-half strikes from Alexander Zickler and Hasan Salihamidžić.

• Guardiola and Klinsmann were also on opposing sides as players when Barcelona beat the German's AS Monaco FC side both at home (2-0) and away (1-0) in the group stage of the 1993/94 UEFA Champions League.

• Later that same season they came face to face in the first round of the 1994 FIFA World Cup where Klinsmann's equalising goal earned Germany a 1-1 draw against Guardiola's Spain in Chicago.

• Bayern have a formidable home record against Spanish clubs of W11 D4 L1. That solitary defeat was a 2-3 loss to RC Deportivo La Coruña in September 2002.

• The German club have twice scored four goals at home to Spanish opposition although on each occasion – against Real Madrid CF in the 1987 European Champion Clubs' Cup semi-finals and against the same opponents in the 1999/00 UEFA Champions League second group stage – the visitors also got on the scoresheet, both matches finishing 4-1.

• Counting their 2001 UEFA Champions League final draw with Valencia CF as a victory, Bayern's overall record against Spanish clubs is: W17 D9 L10.

• Bayern defeated Valencia 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the 2001 final. It was their second European Cup triumph at the expense of opposition from Spain. In 1974 they overcame Club Atlético de Madrid 4-0 in a replay after another 1-1 draw.

• The Bundesliga champions lost their two previous European Cup quarter-finals against Spanish opposition, suffering defeats at the hands of Real Madrid in the 2001/02 (2-3 agg) and 1987/88 (3-4 agg) campaigns.

• Bayern produced a dramatic comeback in their most recent two-legged meeting with a Spanish club. After a 1-1 first-leg draw in Munich in last season's UEFA Cup quarter-final against Getafe CF, they fought back in spectacular fashion in the return leg to earn a 3-3 draw – and, with it, an away goals victory.

• After Franck Ribéry's 89th-minute equaliser had forced extra time at 1-1, the drama levels kept rising as the Spanish side went 3-1 in front in the additional period only for Luca Toni to score after 115 and 120 minutes to secure an improbable triumph.

• Bayern have won just one of their last ten matches against Spanish sides, suffering six defeats.

• Barcelona's overall record against German clubs is: W26 D9 L11. Their away record against German clubs is: W9 D8 L5.

• Barcelona overcame opposition from the Bundesliga at this stage last season, recording 1-0 victories both at home and away against FC Schalke 04.

• Barcelona lifted the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1979 after a 4-3 final victory against TSV Fortuna Düsseldorf. They have twice won the UEFA Super Cup, meanwhile, by beating German sides: overcoming Werder Bremen 3-2 on aggregate in 1992/93 and BV Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in 1997/98.

• The Spanish club, semi-finalists last season, boast an impressive run of form against German opposition having won eleven and drawn one of their last 12 matches against sides from the Bundesliga.

• This is Bayern's 21st European Cup quarter-final – more than any other side left in the competition and a total surpassed only by Real Madrid's 27. Bayern's record is P20 W12 L8.

• Bayern's most recent home defeat in the UEFA Champions League came against AC Milan in the 2006/07 quarter-finals when a 2-0 reverse consigned them to a 4-2 aggregate loss.

• Barcelona's record in European Cup quarter-finals is: P10 W8 L2.

• Bayern midfielder Mark van Bommel was in the Barcelona side that won the UEFA Champions League in 2005/06. It was his sole season in Spain and he also tasted domestic championship glory, featuring 24 times in the Liga.

• Barcelona forward Henry scored the only goal for former club Arsenal FC in a second-leg home win over Bayern in the 2004/05 first knockout round but it proved in a losing cause, following the Munich side's 3-1 first-leg success.

• Another Barcelona player, Eidur Gudjohnsen, was in the Chelsea team that subsequently eliminated Bayern in the last eight that season.

• The tie pits a number of international team-mates against each other: Daniel Alves v Lucio (Brazil), Henry and Eric Abidal v Ribéry (France); Messi and Gabriel Milito v Martín Demichelis (Argentina).

• Barcelona's Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández and Carles Puyol were in the Spain team that won the final of UEFA EURO 2008™ against a Germany team including Miroslav Klose, Lahm, Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

• Bayern forward Ribéry scored for France in a 3-1 win against a Spain side that included Puyol and Xavi in the last 16 of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

• Bayern midfielder Tim Borowski failed to beat Barcelona in four attempts with former club Werder Bremen. He was in the Bremen side beaten home and away by Barça in the 2005/06 group stage and the following campaign things got only marginally better – Bremen were denied a home victory over Barcelona by a late Messi equaliser and then had their elimination confirmed by a 2-0 loss in Barcelona. Klose featured alongside Borowski in the two away defeats.

• Bayern defender Lucio was in the Bayer 04 Leverkusen lineup that beat Barcelona 2-1 in Germany in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League first group stage, but lost by the same score in Spain.

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

• Barcelona's shoot-out record is:
5-4 v Lech Poznán, 1988/89 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup second round
0-2 v FC Steaua Bucureşti, 1985/86 European Cup final
5-4 v IFK Göteborg, 1985/86 European Cup semi-final
4-1 v RSC Anderlecht, 1978/79 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup second round
3-1 v Ipswich Town FC, 1977/78 UEFA Cup third round
5-4 v AZ Alkmaar, 1977/78 UEFA Cup second round

• The winning team will meet the victors of the Chelsea-Liverpool FC quarter-final tie in a semi-final to be played on Tuesday 28 April and Wednesday 6 May, and will have home advantage for the first leg.