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Valencia look to end Bayern drought

FC Bayern München have not lost in their last five meetings with Valencia CF and as Group F approaches its moment of truth the Spanish hosts will be looking to turn the tables.

Valencia have won all three games since their matchday one defeat at Bayern
Valencia have won all three games since their matchday one defeat at Bayern ©AFP/Getty Images

Valencia CF have beaten FC Bayern München only once in eight meetings but will be hoping for a more favourable result as Group F reaches its climactic stages.

• Losing finalists on their own ground last season, Bayern opened the 2012/13 competition with a 2-1 home win against Valencia, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos on target before Nelson Valdez pulled one back in added time. Valencia's Adil Rami then received a second yellow card, but Mario Mandžukić missed the subsequent penalty.

• Valencia put their first points on the board with a 2-0 home victory over LOSC Lille before a Roberto Soldado hat-trick gave them a 3-0 success at FC BATE Borisov. In the home return the Spanish side were 4-2 winners, joining Bayern on nine points.

• Bayern suffered a surprise 3-1 loss to BATE in Minsk but then won away (1-0) and home (6-1) against LOSC to get back on track.

Previous meetings
• The 19 September contest was the first between the teams since the 2001 UEFA Champions League final in Milan, which was dominated by penalties. Captains Gaizka Mendieta and Stefan Effenberg swapped spot kicks in normal time, Bayern's Mehmet Scholl having also missed from the spot. Oliver Kahn denied Mauricio Pellegrino – now Valencia coach – in the shoot-out to secure a 5-4 Bayern triumph and a fourth European title.

• The lineups on 23 May 2001 were:
Bayern: Kahn, Sagnol (Jancker 46), Kuffour, Andersson, Linke, Lizarazu, Hargreaves, Effenberg, Scholl (Sérgio 108), Salihamidžić, Élber (Zickler 100).
Valencia: Cañizares, Angloma, Ayala (Djukić 90), Pellegrino, Carboni, Mendieta, Baraja, Kily González, Aimar, (Albelda 46), Sánchez (Zahovič 66), Carew.

• Three of the sides' other seven matches also ended 1-1, including both encounters in the 1999/2000 first group stage. The 1996/97 UEFA Cup first round tie was decided by Valencia's 3-0 home victory, with Bayern winning 1-0 in Germany.

• Valencia's European record against German clubs is W5 D10 L11. At home the statistics are W4 D7 L1 but they have prevailed in just one of five UEFA Champions League fixtures against German visitors, 3-1 against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in last season's group stage. That ended a seven-game winless home run against German opposition in all competitions going back to that 1996 defeat of Bayern. 

• Bayern beat Club Atlético de Madrid in the 1973/74 European Champion Clubs' Cup final.

• Bayern's European record away to Liga teams is W5 D4 L10. Last season they won 2-0 at Villarreal CF in the group stage, their first victory in Spain since 2001, with Kroos and Rafinha on the scoresheet. In the semi-final they ousted Real Madrid CF on penalties after both legs finished 2-1 to the home side, Arjen Robben netting a 27th-minute penalty in Madrid.

Team ties
• A UEFA Champions League winner with Real Madrid in 1997/98, Jupp Heynckes has also coached Athletic Club twice and CD Tenerife. The Bayern coach came up against Valencia on 14 occasions over seven seasons in the Liga with a record of W5 D2 L7.

• Javi Martínez played against Valencia 12 times during his career at Athletic, registering four victories and two draws. He scored in Athletic's 3-2 success on 18 January 2009.

• Soldado and Tino Costa both scored past current Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer for Valencia against FC Schalke 04 in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League round of 16. Neuer had the last laugh as Schalke advanced 4-2 on aggregate.

• Robben was at Real Madrid between 2007 and 2009 with Fernando Gago among his team-mates.

• Claudio Pizarro missed a penalty for Peru in the second minute of their 1-1 draw with an Argentina side containing Gago in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 12 September.

• Martínez and Soldado are both Spanish internationals while Jérémy Mathieu, Rami, Franck Ribéry and Aly Cissokho all play for France. Luis Gustavo, Rafinha, Diego Alves and Jonas have each been capped by Brazil.

• Ribéry lasted the full 90 minutes as France drew 1-1 in Spain in a World Cup qualifier on 16 October. Martínez, Soldado and Rami were unused substitutes.

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