Real Madrid CF look to avenge last-four defeats by both FC Bayern München and Josep Guardiola when they host the champions in their semi-final first leg.
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Real Madrid CF will not be short of motivation when they host holders FC Bayern München in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final. If the prize of a first final since 2002 were not enough, they also have the opportunity to avenge their defeat by Bayern in the 2011/12 semi-finals.
• The presence of former FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola in the visitors' dugout adds an extra dimension to this meeting of European heavyweights. Guardiola got the better of Madrid at this stage in 2011 but the home team will hope for a different outcome as they look to end a run of three consecutive semi-final losses.
• Between them the clubs have 14 European Cups. Bayern, five-time winners, are seeking to become the first side to retain the title since AC Milan managed the feat in 1989 and 1990 with a team featuring Carlo Ancelotti, now Madrid coach. Madrid, for their part, are bidding to secure 'La Décima' – their tenth European crown – after last lifting the trophy 12 years ago.
• German champions Bayern have 11 victories to Madrid's seven from 20 encounters. Madrid's home record is W7 D1 L2.
• The sides have met in five European Cup semi-finals with Bayern prevailing in 1976, 1987, 2001 and 2012; Madrid's sole win came in 2000.
• The clubs' semi-final two seasons ago produced a 3-3 aggregate draw, Jupp Heynckes' Bayern emerging victorious in a penalty shoot-out. In the first leg Mario Gomez hit a 90th-minute winner after Mesut Özil (53) had cancelled out Franck Ribéry's opening goal (17). In Madrid, José Mourinho's hosts struck twice in the first 14 minutes through Cristiano Ronaldo but Arjen Robben's penalty (27) levelled the aggregate scores and led to the concluding shoot-out where Bayern prevailed 3-1.
• In that shoot-out Bastian Schweinsteiger converted the winning kick while David Alaba and Gomez were also on target. Xabi Alonso was the only successful taker for Madrid, Manuel Neuer saving from Ronaldo and Kaká while Sergio Ramos missed. Iker Casillas denied Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm.
• Madrid have won the teams' last four meetings at the Santiago Bernabéu, whereas Bayern's last triumph came in 2001 when Giovane Elber put the only goal past Casillas in the first leg of the German side's eventual 3-1 aggregate semi-final success.
• Overall they have faced each other nine times in two-legged encounters, with five wins for Bayern and four for Madrid. The Spanish club last got the better of Bayern in the 2003/04 round of 16 when a solitary strike by Zinédine Zidane – now Carlo Ancelotti's assistant coach – secured a 1-0 second-leg victory at the Santiago Bernabéu and 2-1 overall triumph.
• Madrid had to overcome Bayern en route to their two most recent European Cup conquests, beating them by the same 3-2 aggregate score in the 2000 semi-finals and 2002 quarter-finals.
• Madrid are unbeaten in 17 UEFA Champions League home matches, dating back to 27 April 2011 when Guardiola's Barcelona won 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu in the first leg of an eventual 3-1 aggregate semi-final defeat for the Merengues.
• Madrid's home record since is 15 wins, two draws and no defeats. This season they have scored 16 goals in their five victories, including successes over two Bundesliga sides, FC Schalke 04 (3-1) and Borussia Dortmund (3-0), in the last two rounds.
• Madrid's overall record against German visitors is W20 D4 L2. Their record in two-legged ties with German teams in UEFA competition is W13 L8.
• Bayern's 1-1 draw at Manchester United FC in the first leg of their quarter-final ended a club-record run of seven straight away wins in the UEFA Champions League. They are unbeaten in their last ten away games in the competition dating back to a 3-1 loss to FC BATE Borisov in October 2012.
• Bayern's record against Spanish opponents in two-legged ties is W9 L6. They won 3-0 at Barcelona to complete a 7-0 aggregate success in last season's semi-finals and their overall record away to Liga teams is W6 D5 L10.
• Madrid are attempting to avoid a third successive semi-final loss to German opposition. Bayern, conversely, can complete a hat-trick of wins over Liga clubs at this stage.
• For Madrid, this is a record 25th European Cup semi-final and they are endeavouring to get to their 13th final. Their semi-final record is W12 L12:
2012/13 Borussia Dortmund, lost 3-4 (1-4 a, 2-0 h)
2011/12 FC Bayern München, 3-3, lost 1-3 on penalties (1-2 a, 2-1 h)
2010/11 FC Barcelona, lost 1-3 (0-2 h, 1-1 a)
2002/03 Juventus, lost 3-4 (2-1 h, 1-3 a)
2001/02 FC Barcelona, won 3-1 (2-0 a, 1-1 h)
2000/01 FC Bayern München, lost 1-3 (0-1 h, 1-2 a)
1999/00 FC Bayern München, won 3-2 (2-0 h, 1-2 a)
1997/98 Borussia Dortmund, won 2-0 (2-0 h, 0-0 a)
1988/89 AC Milan, lost 1-6 (1-1 h, 0-5 a)
1987/88 PSV Eindhoven 1-1, lost on away goals (1-1 h, 0-0 a)
1986/87 FC Bayern München, lost 2-4 (1-4 a, 1-0 h)
1980/81 FC Internazionale Milano, won 2-1 (2-0 h, 0-1 a)
1979/80 Hamburger SV, lost 3-5 (2-0 h, 1-5 a)
1975/76 FC Bayern München, lost 1-3 (1-1 h, 0-2 a)
1972/73 AFC Ajax, lost 1-3 (1-2 a, 0-1 h)
1967/68 Manchester United FC, lost 3-4 (0-1 a, 3-3 h)
1965/66 FC Internazionale Milano, won 2-1 (1-0 h, 1-1 a)
1963/64 FC Zürich, won 8-1 (2-1 a, 6-0 h)
1961/62 R. Standard de Liège, won 6-0 (4-0 h, 2-0 a)
1959/60 FC Barcelona, won 6-2 (3-1 h, 3-1 a)
1958/59 Club Atlético de Madrid, won replay 2-1 (2-1 h, 0-1 a)
1957/58 Vasas SC, won 4-2 (4-0 h, 0-2 a)
1956/57 Manchester United FC, won 5-3 (3-1 h, 2-2 a)
1955/56 AC Milan, won 5-4 (4-2 h, 1-2 a)
• Bayern's European Cup semi-final record is ten wins and five defeats:
2012/13 FC Barcelona, won 7-0 (4-0 h, 3-0 a)
2011/12 Real Madrid CF, 3-3, won 3-1 on penalties (2-1 h, 1-2 a)
2009/10 Olympique Lyonnais, won 4-0 (1-0 h, 3-0 a)
2000/01 Real Madrid CF, won 3-1 (1-0 a, 2-1 h)
1999/00 Real Madrid CF, lost 2-3 (0-2 a, 2-1 h)
1998/99 FC Dynamo Kyiv, won 4-3 (3-3 a, 1-0 h)
1994/95 AFC Ajax, lost 2-5 (0-0 h, 2-5 a)
1990/91 FK Crvena zvezda, lost 3-4 (1-2 h, 2-2 a)
1989/90 AC Milan 2-2, lost on away goals (0-1 a, 2-1 h)
1986/87 Real Madrid CF, won 4-2 (4-1 h, 0-1 a)
1981/82 PFC CSKA Sofia, won 7-4 (3-4 a, 4-0 h)
1980/81 Liverpool FC, 1-1, lost on away goals (0-0 a, 1-1 h)
1975/76 Real Madrid CF, won 3-1 (1-1 a, 2-0 h)
1974/75 AS Saint-Étienne, won 2-0 (0-0 a, 2-0 h)
1973/74 Újpest FC, won 4-1 (1-1 a, 3-0 h)
• Madrid have won three European finals against German sides. They lifted the 1959/60 European Champion Clubs' Cup after beating Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3, overcame 1. FC Köln in the 1985/86 UEFA Cup, and defeated Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League.
• Bayern beat Club Atlético de Madrid in the 1973/74 European Cup final and Valencia CF on penalties in 2000/01.
• The Bavarians lost the 2009/10 final at the Santiago Bernabéu against FC Internazionale Milano.
• Ancelotti was in the AS Roma team beaten home and away by Bayern in the 1984/85 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals, but the Italian has never lost against them as a coach.
• He oversaw Milan's home and away wins (both 2-1) over Bayern in the 2002/03 group stage, then overcame them 5-2 on aggregate in the 2005/06 round of 16. In the following season Ancelotti's Milan got past Bayern at the quarter-final stage, drawing 2-2 at home but prevailing 2-0 in Munich. His coaching record against the Bavarian club is W4 D2 L0.
• Ancelotti's combined knockout record against German sides as coach and player reads W6 D1 L4.
• Guardiola met Madrid 15 times as Barcelona coach, posting nine victories, four draws and two defeats and outscoring the Merengues 33-15. In Liga meetings, his record was P8 W6 D1 L1. In his playing days, Guardiola's Liga record against Madrid was P14 W6 D5 L3.
• Daniel Carvajal faced Bayern twice in the Bundesliga with Bayer 04 Leverkusen last term, winning 2-1 in Munich but losing by the same score at home.
• Diego López was in the Villarreal CF side beaten home and away by Bayern in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage, conceding five goals in the process.
• Benzema netted against Bayern in Olympique Lyonnais' 3-2 home reverse in the 2008/09 group stage.
• Robben registered 11 goals in 50 Liga appearances for Madrid between 2007 and 2009.
• Mario Götze was in the Dortmund team that ousted Madrid in last season's semi-final.
• Thiago Alcántara won one of seven matches against Madrid as a Barcelona player while Javi Martínez won just one of 11 against them with Athletic Club.
• Van Buyten scored at the Santiago Bernabéu in Olympique de Marseille's 4-2 defeat by Madrid in the 2003/04 group stage.
• Casillas, Ramos and Alonso helped Spain to a 1-0 UEFA EURO 2008 final win against a Germany side including Lahm and Schweinsteiger.
• Neuer, Jérôme Boateng, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira featured along with those five players when Spain earned an identical success in the countries' 2010 FIFA World Cup semi-final. It was Robben's turn to suffer against Spain in the final as his Netherlands team lost 1-0 at Soccer City.