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Bayern on a triple mission to Moscow

Cementing top spot in Group D is not the only goal at third-placed PFC CSKA Moskva for FC Bayern München, who have a couple of records in their sights too.

The Bayern machine rolls into Moscow on a triple mission
The Bayern machine rolls into Moscow on a triple mission ©Getty Images

Group D leaders FC Bayern München visit third-placed PFC CSKA Moskva looking to achieve a trio of targets.

• Bayern can establish a new UEFA Champions League record of ten consecutive victories by beating CSKA, having equalled FC Barcelona's 2002/03 feat of nine in a row when defeating FC Viktoria Plzeň last time out.

• Josep Guardiola's reigning champions will also equal a club record for successive away wins in Europe if they prevail. Including three victories at the end of last term, Bayern have won five in a row on their travels – leaving them one short of the record set by their 1995/96 UEFA Cup-winning team.

• Bayern's third target in Moscow is to cement first place in Group D. Having already secured their passage to the last 16 for the sixth season running, they will tie up top spot if they better second-placed Manchester City FC's result against Plzeň.

• As for CSKA, successive defeats against City ended their hopes of reaching the last 16 but they will be looking for a positive result to boost their hopes of securing third place and entry into the UEFA Europa League – and also to avenge their 3-0 loss in Munich on matchday one.

Match background
• CSKA are hoping to complete a hat-trick of UEFA Champions League home victories over Bundesliga visitors having previously got the better of Hamburger SV – 1-0 in the 2006/07 group stage – and VfL Wolfsburg – 2-1 in the 2009/10 group stage. Igor Akinfeev, Sergei Ignashevich, Aleksei and Vasili Berezutski, Elvir Rahimić, Georgi Schennikov and Alan Dzagoev all played in that latter match on 25 November 2009, when Tomáš Necid and Miloš Krasić scored as CSKA came from behind to win.

• CSKA will have to improve on their recent efforts at the Arena Khimki in UEFA competition. Discounting their 3-2 win over Plzeň, which was played in St Petersburg, they went down 2-1 at home to City this season, lost to AIK in last term's UEFA Europa League play-offs and took just three points in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Bayern had never lost in Russia until a 4-0 defeat at FC Zenit in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup semi-finals. Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribéry all played that night, Ribéry having scored in the 1-1 first-leg draw.

• Claudio Pizarro hit both Bayern goals in a 2-2 draw at FC Spartak Moskva on 22 November 2006, in the group stage of the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League.

• Bayern's overall away record against Russian sides is W3 D3 L1. Their last win on Russian soil was a 3-1 success at Spartak in the 2001/02 first group stage.

Team ties
• Guardiola was in the Barcelona team who, as holders, were eliminated from the 1992/93 UEFA Champions League in the second round after a 3-2 home defeat by CSKA – a result that confirmed a 4-3 aggregate defeat and denied them a place in the group stage. The next season he featured in a 5-1 group stage victory at home against Spartak.

• Guardiola is still seeking a first victory in Russia having drawn twice away to FC Rubin Kazan with Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League group stage – 0-0 in 2009/10 and 1-1 in 2010/11.

• As coach of FC Moskva, Leonid Slutski was on the losing side to Hertha BSC Berlin in the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup, his team falling 2-0 at home after a 0-0 first-leg draw in Germany.

• Ribéry helped Olympique de Marseille win 2-1 at CSKA in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage.

• Arjen Robben scored the winning goal in Chelsea FC's 1-0 victory at CSKA in the 2004/05 group stage.

• Keisuke Honda scored Japan's equalising goal in a 2-2 friendly draw with the Netherlands on 16 November – a match in which Robben had earlier put the Dutch 2-0 up.

• During a loan spell with 1. FC Köln, Zoran Tošić appeared as a last-minute substitute in a 1-1 home Bundesliga draw with Bayern in March 2010.

• Jérôme Boateng made his international debut against a Russia side including Akinfeev, Ignashevich and Vasili Berezutski in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Moscow in October 2009. He was sent off for a second bookable offence after 69 minutes but Germany – also featuring Lahm and Schweinsteiger – still won 1-0. The latter pair had earlier played in Germany's 2-1 home victory over Russia in October 2008, lining up against Akinfeev, Ignashevich, Berezutski and Dzagoev.

• Rasmus Elm and Pontus Wernbloom helped Sweden earn the 2-1 home victory over David Alaba's Austria last month that secured their place in the 2014 World Cup qualifying play-offs at the Austrians' expense. Alaba had scored when Austria won their home fixture in June against a Sweden side including Elm.

• In the same qualifying section, Elm scored Sweden's added-time equaliser in Berlin when they fought back from 4-0 down to draw with Germany in October 2012. Wernbloom also featured for Sweden with Boateng, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer, Holger Badstuber, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller and Mario Götze all playing for Germany.

• The same players, with the exception of Badstuber, met again on 15 October in Solna as Germany beat Sweden 5-3. Götze scored as Schweinsteiger earned his 100th cap.

• Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber have been team-mates at Under-19, U21 and full senior level for Switzerland. In his FC Basel 1893 days, meanwhile, Shaqiri played against Seydou Doumbia, then at BSC Young Boys.

• Doumbia scored for Ivory Coast in a 2-2 friendly draw in November 2009 with a Germany side including Boateng, Lahm, Schweinsteiger and Neuer.

• Daniel Van Buyten was in the Belgium team that eliminated Russia from the 2002 World Cup with a 3-2 win in their last group game.

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