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Bayern out to end Benfica run

Bayern München are aiming for a fifth successive semi-final appearance as they again take on Portuguese opposition, Benfica looking to reach the last four for the first time since 1990.

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For the second year running, FC Bayern München must overcome Portuguese opposition in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League as SL Benfica look to reach a first semi-final in more than 25 years.

Previous meetings
• The teams have met in three previous ties – and not only have Bayern won them all, they have gone on to reach at least the final of the competition on every occasion.

• The sides were first paired in the quarter-finals of the 1975/76 European Champion Clubs' Cup, a goalless first leg in Lisbon preceding Bayern's 5-1 win in Munich in which Bernd Dürnberger and Gerd Müller each scored twice and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge got the other Bayern goal.

• Bayern went on to defeat AS Saint-Étienne 1-0 in the final at Hampden Park, Glasgow – therefore claiming the trophy for the third year in a row.

• It was a similar story when the teams met again in the 1981/82 European Cup second round, the first leg in Lisbon again ending scoreless. Once again Bayern ran out comfortable victors at home, thanks mainly to a Dieter Hoeness hat-trick. Paul Breitner got the other in a 4-1 victory.

• Again Bayern progressed to the final, although this time they missed out on the trophy, going down 1-0 to Aston Villa FC in Rotterdam.

• Jürgen Klinsmann was the standout performer the last time the teams' paths crossed, in the 1995/96 UEFA Cup third round. The striker scored all four goals in Bayern's 4-1 home first-leg victory, then added two more in a 3-1 Lisbon success with Andreas Herzog contributing the other.

• Bayern went on to the final and beat FC Girondins de Bordeaux 5-1 over two legs. Klinsmann finished with 15 goals for the season.

• The teams in Munich on 21 November 1995 were:
Bayern: Kahn, Babbel (Kreuzer 45), Matthäus (Witeczek 69), Strunz, Ziege, Hamann, Helmer, Scholl, Sforza, Klinsmann, Zickler (Kostadinov 84).
Benfica: Preud'homme, Marinho (Edgar 57), Pereira, Hélder, Dimas, Bento, Calado, Valdo, Kenedy (Marcelo 76), João Pinto, Nader.

Match background

Bayern
• Five-time winners Bayern have featured in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in each of the last four seasons. Their European Cup quarter-final record is W17 L9.

Watch Bayern's incredible comeback
Watch Bayern's incredible comeback

• Bayern have been unstoppable at home in this season's UEFA Champions League, winning all four games – although they needed extra time, and a recovery from 2-0 down, to beat Juventus in the round of 16 second leg.

• They won their home group games against GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Arsenal FC and Olympiacos FC with an aggregate score of 14-1.

• Twelve months ago, Bayern went down 3-1 at FC Porto in the quarter-final first leg but turned the tie round spectacularly with a 6-1 second-leg success in Munich.

• That Porto defeat ended Bayern's 15-match unbeaten record against Portuguese opposition. Their overall record is now P24 W14 D8 L2 F55 A18; at home it is W9 D2 L0. They have won alll nine of their previous two-legged knockout ties against Portuguese opposition.

• Bayern's only other defeat by a Portuguese club was also against Porto, in the 1987 European Cup final. Ludwig Kögl gave Bayern a 25th-minute lead at Vienna's Praterstadion, but late goals from Rabah Madjer (77) and Filho Juary (81) snatched away the trophy.

Benfica
• This is Benfica's first UEFA Champions League quarter-final since a 3-1 aggregate defeat by Chelsea FC in 2011/12. Their overall European Cup quarter-final record is W8 L8.

• Benfica reached the final on the last two occasions they survived this hurdle – in 1990 and 1988.

Watch dramatic late Benfica win
Watch dramatic late Benfica win

• Benfica won 2-1 at FC Zenit in the round of 16 second leg to complete a 3-1 aggregate success, and also triumphed 2-1 at Club Atlético de Madrid on matchday two. However, those are their only victories in their last eight European away games.

• Benfica's 40 games against German clubs have ended W12 D13 L15 (W2 D6 L13 in Germany). Those two away wins came in their last three visits to Germany, a 2-0 win at VfB Stuttgart in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League round of 32 and a 1-0 success at Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the same stage of the 2012/13 competition.

• Benfica were beaten 3-1 in Leverkusen in last season's UEFA Champions League group stage, drawing 0-0 at home.

Coach and player links
• Júlio César was in the FC Internazionale Milano side that beat Bayern 2-0 in the 2010 UEFA Champions League final in Madrid. The goalkeeper also helped the Nerazzurri win 3-2 in Munich in the following season's round of 16, going through on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw. Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm, Arjen Robben and Thomas Müller were in the Bayern side.

• Arturo Vidal was in the Juventus team beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Benfica in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League semi-finals.

• Benfica's Greek international striker Kostas Mitroglou holds German citizenship and had spells in the youth ranks at MSV Duisburg and VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach.

• Mitroglou scored twice in Greece's 2-0 friendly win against David Alaba's Austria on 14 August 2013.

Watch the teams in action
Watch the teams in action

• Play for same international team:
Rafinha and Douglas Costa & Júlio César, Luisão and Jonas (Brazil)
Mehdi Carcela-González & Medhi Benatia (Morocco)

• Mario Götze scored in Germany's 4-2 friendly defeat by Argentina on 3 September 2014, Nicolás Gaitán coming on for the winners. Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller also featured for Germany.

• Müller's hat-trick helped Germany to a 4-0 defeat of a Portugal side including André Almeida in the 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage. Neuer, Lahm, Jérôme Boateng and Götze were all in the Germany team.

• Neuer, Lahm, Boateng and Müller – who scored the opening goal – were also in the side that beat Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals. Júlio César was the Brazil goalkeeper.

• Júlio César and Brazil were then beaten 3-0 by a Netherlands side including Arjen Robben in the third-place play-off.

Match facts

Bayern
• Robert Lewandowski has scored 13 times in 14 club appearances in 2016. He has registered ten of Bayern's 20 league goals since the winter break.

• The Poland forward has 44 goals in 47 outings for club and country in 2015/16.

• Lewandowski's 25th Bundesliga goal this term, one more than his previous best total for a league campaign, earned Guardiola's men a 1-0 victory at 1. FC Köln on 19 March.

• With that effort against Köln, Lewandowski surpassed Luca Toni as the scorer of the most Bundesliga goals by a foreign player in a single season for the Bavarians.

• Müller has a career-best 19 Bundesliga goals to his name this term.

• Playing in his 70th international, Müller captained Germany for the first time and provided two assists as they defeated Italy 4-1 on 29 March. Götze marked his 50th cap with one of the goals.

• Kingsley Coman scored his first international goal in France's 4-2 victory over Russia on the same evening, when Arturo Vidal struck twice as Chile beat Venezuela 4-1.

• Douglas Costa was on target 39 seconds into Brazil's 2-2 draw with Uruguay.

• Benatia suffered a thigh injury in training on 25 March and missed both of Morocco's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Cape Verde Islands.

• Joshua Kimmich (muscular problems) sat out Germany's UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Russia but was an unused substitute in the 1-0 defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

• Robben (adductor) has been sidelined since 13 March.

• Badstuber fractured an ankle in training on 13 February and will miss the rest of the season.

• Javi Martínez, who underwent meniscus surgery on his left knee on 2 February, started on Saturday.

• Boateng sustained a groin injury in the 2-1 win at Hamburger SV on 22 January, sidelining him at least until April.

• Bayern announced on 18 March that Alaba had extended his contract until the summer of 2021.

Benfica
• Benfica have won 19 of their last 20 games in all competitions, the exception being the 2-1 home loss to Porto on 12 February.

• Jonas has managed 18 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions this calendar year.

• Jonas played the last 11 minutes of Brazil's 2-2 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw against Paraguay on 29 March – his first international appearance since September 2012.

• Renato Sanches made his senior international debut on 25 March, coming on as a substitute in Portugal's 1-0 home loss to Bulgaria. He also featured against Belgium four days later.

• Victor Lindelöf earned his first caps for Sweden in their 2-1 loss to Turkey and the 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic. 

• Luisão (out since 21 November, broken left arm) suffered a setback in training and underwent surgery on the injury for a second time on 8 February.