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FC Bayern München are seeking a fourth successive UEFA Champions League semi-final appearance but must overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit against FC Porto.

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FC Bayern München are seeking a fourth successive UEFA Champions League semi-final appearance as they host FC Porto in the second leg of their quarter-final tie.

• Bayern have it all to do having lost the first leg 3-1 in Portugal – and Porto have upset the German side once before with a shock victory in the 1987 European Champion Clubs' Cup final.

• Porto reached their first UEFA Champions League quarter-final in six years thanks to a 5-1 aggregate victory over FC Basel 1893, but the scale of Bayern's round of 16 victory over FC Shakhtar Donetsk was even more emphatic – 7-0 on aggregate, all the goals coming in Munich.

Previous meetings
• This is the clubs' third European Cup quarter-final meeting – and Bayern prevailed on the two previous occasions.

• In 1999/2000, the sides drew the first leg 1-1 in Portugal on 4 April 2000 and the Munich return 15 days later looked set to go into extra time after Mário Jardel's 90th-minute goal for Porto made it 1-1. However, there was still time for Thomas Linke to secure a 3-2 aggregate triumph for Ottmar Hitzfeld's team.

• In their 1990/91 quarter-final, Porto drew the first leg 1-1 in Munich yet Bayern won the return in Porto 2-0 thanks to goals from Christian Ziege (18) and Manfred Bender (71).

• Porto's only victory over Bayern – and Bayern's only ever defeat against a Portuguese team – came in Vienna in the clubs' most significant meeting of all, the 1987 European Cup final. Trailing to a Ludwig Kögl goal (25), Artur Jorge's side turned the final on its head with late efforts from Rabah Madjer (77) and Juary (80).

• The lineups for that final on 27 May 1987 were:
Porto: Młynarczyk, João Pinto, Celso, Eduardo Luís, Inácio (António Frasco 66), Quim (Juary 46), Jaime Magalhães, Sousa, André, Madjer, Futre.
Bayern: Pfaff, Winklhofer, Nachtweih, Eder, Pflüger, Flick (Lunde 82), Matthäus, Brehme, Hoeness, Rummenigge, Kögl.

Match background

• Five-time winners Bayern have featured in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in each of the last three seasons. Their European Cup quarter-final record is W16 L9.

• The Bavarians have won all four home matches in this season's competition, scoring 13 goals and conceding none. More than half of those goals came in their 7-0 victory over Shakhtar in the last 16 second leg.

• Bayern's home record against visitors from Portugal is W8 D2 L0. They have won their eight previous two-legged ties against Portuguese opposition.

• Bayern's most recent home game against a Portuguese team was the 7-1 defeat of Sporting Clube de Portugal in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League round of 16, in which Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller scored.

• Bayern have recovered from an away first-leg defeat to win the tie on nine occasions; they have suffered 11 defeats, including eight in the last ten contests.

• Although they have never lost an away first leg 3-1 before, Bayern have had to retrieve a two-goal deficit four times previously in UEFA competition – and lost every tie.

• Bayern's penalty shoot-out record in UEFA competition is W5 L1:
5-4 v Chelsea FC, 2013 UEFA Super Cup
3-4 v Chelsea FC, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League final
3-1 v Real Madrid CF, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League semi-final
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 Åtvidabergs FF, 1973/74 European Cup first round

• Porto are seeking a first semi-final appearance since 2003/04 when they lifted the trophy under José Mourinho.

• The Portuguese club's last quarter-final appearance was in 2008/09 when they lost to Manchester United FC. Their only two victories in six previous quarter-final appearances came in the seasons when they were crowned European champions.

• Julen Lopetegui's men are unbeaten on the road in this season’s competition, play-offs included, winning three of their five away games so far.

• Porto's away record against German opponents is W3 D4 L6. Helton and Ricardo Quaresma played when they last won in Germany – 3-1 at Hamburger SV in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• The two-time champions' record in two-legged ties against Bundesliga sides is P10 W2 L8.

• Last season Porto earned their first victory against a German side over two legs in 37 years when they defeated Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League round of 32, prevailing on away goals.

• Porto have won 34 of the 41 UEFA competition ties in which they recorded a home first-leg victory. They also triumphed in all three when the score in the first game was 3-1, and lost only one of the further seven ties in which they won at home by a two-goal margin.

• Porto's shoot-out record is W1 L2:
1-4 v FC Schalke 04, 2007/08 UEFA Champions League round of 16
8-7 v Once Caldas, 2004 European/South American Cup
3-5 v UC Sampdoria, 1994/95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals

Coach and player links
• Lopetegui and Guardiola were team-mates at FC Barcelona from 1994–97 and were also in Spain's 1994 FIFA World Cup finals squad.

• The two coaches met each other five times as players in Spanish league matches, winning one game apiece. At CD Logroñés (1991–94), Lopetegui faced Guardiola's Barcelona three times, all at home, drawing twice and losing once. With Rayo Vallecano de Madrid (1997–2002), meanwhile, Lopetegui posted a win (a) and a draw (h) against Guardiola.

• Prior to the first leg, Guardiola had a 100% winning record against Porto as player and coach. He helped Barcelona beat Porto 3-0 in the single-match 1993/94 UEFA Champions League semi-final and featured in home (4-2) and away (2-0) victories in the 1999/00 second group stage. As Blaugrana coach, he oversaw a 2-0 success in the 2011 UEFA Super Cup, when Helton was in the Porto side.

• Cristian Tello made his Barcelona breakthrough under Guardiola in 2011/12, when he was a team-mate of Thiago Alcántara. He faced Xabi Alonso in four of the five Clásico fixtures against Real Madrid CF in which he played.

• Tello and Thiago were in the Spain side that Lopetegui coached to the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, beating Sebastian Rode's Germany along the way. The previous year Lopetegui had led a Spain team including Juan Bernat and Óliver Torres to victory in the UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

• Casemiro was a team-mate of Alonso at Madrid (2012–14).

• Jackson Martínez and Quaresma both scored past Pepe Reina when Porto beat the Spanish goalkeeper's SSC Napoli side in last season's UEFA Europa League round of 16.

• In the 2007/08 round of 16, Manuel Neuer saved two spot kicks at the Estádio do Dragão to earn FC Schalke 04 a shoot-out victory over Porto. Rafinha was also in the Schalke team, converting a penalty past Helton. Quaresma is Porto's other survivor of that night.

• Arjen Robben scored past Helton to help Chelsea FC beat Porto 2-1 in the second leg of their 2006/07 UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie. Quaresma hit Porto's goal in a defeat that left them eliminated 3-2 on aggregate.

• Bruno Martins Indi was, along with Robben, in the Netherlands side that overwhelmed Alonso's Spain 5-1 at the 2014 World Cup.

• Robben won the added-time penalty with which the Netherlands beat a Mexico side featuring Diego Reyes and Hector Herrera in the last 16 of last summer's tournament.

• Yacine Brahimi was in the Algeria team beaten 2-1 at the same stage by a Germany side including Neuer, Jérôme Boateng, Philipp Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Götze and Müller. Müller had hit a hat-trick as Germany beat Portugal 4-0 in the group stage.

Match facts

• Boateng, Bernat, Lahm and Neuer are all a booking away from a suspension.

• All three of Bayern's defeats in 2015 have been by at least a two-goal margin.

• The Bundesliga leaders were 2-0 winners at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday, keeping a fourth successive clean sheet in the league. Sebastian Rode scored his second goal of the season, both against Hoffenheim. 

• Thiago's goal against Porto was his first in UEFA club competition.

• Robben (out since 22 March, abdominal muscle), Franck Ribéry (11 March, ankle), David Alaba (31 March, knee), Tom Starke (5 April, ankle) and Medhi Benatia (8 April, thigh) are sidelined. Schweinsteiger (4 April, ankle) returned to team training on Sunday while Javi Martínez (13 August, knee) is back in light training. Lahm missed Saturday's game through illness while Bernat had to be replaced at half-time due to an ankle problem.


• Danilo and Alex Sandro are suspended, while Casemiro, Maicon and Torres are a caution away from a ban. Iván Marcano is available after missing the first leg.

• Porto have won their last 12 home games in all competitions, including Saturday's 1-0 defeat of A. Académica de Coimbra, Hernâni scoring for the second successive Liga game.

• Quaresma has scored five goals in his last three outings.

• Martínez (out since 6 March, groin) scored on his return in the first leg against Bayern.

• Porto announced on 31 March that Danilo will join Real Madrid in the summer for €31.5m on a six-year deal.