Villarreal vs Bayern facts
Monday, March 28, 2022
Villarreal return to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2009 to take on a Bayern side making their record 20th appearance.
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Villarreal return to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2009 to take on a Bayern München side making their record 20th appearance.
• While the Spanish side are in only their third last-eight contest, and first for 13 years, Bayern have made it to the last eight for the tenth time in the last 11 seasons.
• Both teams come into this tie buoyed by impressive round of 16 successes. Bayern overwhelmed Salzburg, Robert Lewandowski scoring three of their seven goals in the second leg, while Villarreal struck three late goals at Juventus to secure a first UEFA Champions League knockout victory since the same stage of the 2008/09 competition.
• The winners of this tie will play Benfica or Liverpool in the semi-finals.
• The teams were drawn together in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage, Bayern winning both games en route to finishing first in Group A.
• Toni Kroos (7) and Rafinha (76) were on target in a 2-0 away win in Villarreal on Matchday 1 before Franck Ribéry's double (3, 69) helped Bayern to a 3-1 win in Munich in the penultimate round of matches. Mario Gomez (23) got the home side's other goal with Jonathan De Guzmán (50) mustering Villarreal's sole reply.
• While Bayern went on to reach that season's final, losing on penalties to Chelsea in their own stadium, Villarreal were eliminated from European competition altogether having finished bottom of the section after losing every game.
• Villarreal's record in European Cup quarter-finals is W1 L1:
2008/09 Arsenal L 1-4 (1-1 h, 0-3 a)
2005/06 Inter W 2-2 away goals (1-2 a, 1-0 h)
• Of the eight sides still involved, all have played more European Cup quarter-finals than Villarreal. The Spanish side are, however, the 23rd club to reach this stage of the UEFA Champions League on more than two occasions, joining Roma and Deportivo La Coruña on three appearances.
• Villarreal have also reached six UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League quarter-finals, winning four of those ties.
• The Spanish side picked up ten points in this season's group stage to reach the round of 16, finishing one point behind Manchester United having lost 2-1 away and 2-0 at home against the team they beat in last season's UEFA Europa League final.
• Only four of Villarreal's points came at home, where they drew 2-2 against Atalanta on Matchday 1 and beat Young Boys 2-0 before losing to United.
• Villarreal were then held 1-1 at home by Juventus in the round of 16 second leg but late goals from Gerard Moreno (78pen), Pau Torres (85) and Arnaut Danjuma (90+2pen) secured a memorable 3-0 success in Turin.
• That Matchday 4 defeat of Young Boys is Villarreal's only win in their last nine games at home in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final (D5 L3). They won all six home games in last season's UEFA Europa League and were unbeaten in eight home European matches (W7 D1) before losing to Manchester United on Matchday 5.
• This is the Yellow Submarine's third appearance in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds. Semi-finalists on debut in 2005/06, they made it to the quarter-finals three years later – both campaigns ended by Arsenal.
• In 2020/21, Unai Emery's team cruised to first place in UEFA Europa League Group I ahead of Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Sivasspor and Qarabağ to reach the round of 32 for the eighth time before comfortably disposing of UEFA Champions League group stage participants Salzburg (2-0 a, 2-1 h) and Dynamo Kyiv (2-0 a, 2-0 h). They also won both quarter-final matches against Dinamo Zagreb (1-0 a, 2-1 h) and then knocked out Emery's former employers Arsenal in the semi-final (2-1 h, 0-0 a) before beating Manchester United 11-10 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Gdańsk final. Villarreal were undefeated in Europe in 2020/21 with 11 wins and three draws.
• The defeat of United came in Villarreal's first major European final, though they were twice winners of the UEFA Intertoto Cup (2003, 2004) having finished as runners-up in 2002.
• Seventh in the Spanish Liga in 2020/21, Villarreal's UEFA Europa League triumph means they are playing in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, for the fourth time, and the first since 2011/12.
• That most recent campaign was also their least successful, Villarreal losing all six games to finish bottom of a section that also included Bayern, Napoli and Manchester City.
• Villarreal were defeated 6-5 on penalties by UEFA Champions League holders Chelsea after a 1-1 draw in the 2021 UEFA Super Cup on 11 August in Belfast.
• With that counted as a draw, the defeat at United on Matchday 2 this season ended Villarreal's 26-match unbeaten run against non-Spanish opposition in European matches (W16 D10), since a 1-0 loss at home to Lyon in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg.
• This is Villarreal's first game against a German club since they beat Bayer Leverkusen in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League round of 16. Cédric Bakambu (4, 56) scored both goals in the first leg in Spain, Villarreal progressing after a goalless return in Germany.
• That first-leg win made Villarreal's record at home to German clubs W3 D2 L1, the 2011 defeat by Bayern the sole loss.
• Home and away, Villarreal have won five of their 12 games against Bundesliga sides (D4 L3) and are unbeaten in four (W1 D3) since their loss in Munich in 2011. Aside from their two defeats by Bayern, their only other reverse against a German club was a 4-1 loss at Wolfsburg in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg (3-6 agg).
• Villarreal's record in two-legged knockout ties against German clubs is W3 L1. They have won three of their four home knockout matches against Bundesliga visitors, drawing the other.
• Bayern's European Cup quarter-final record is W20 L11:
2020/21 Paris Saint-Germain L 3-3 away goals (2-3 h, 1-0 a)
2019/20 Barcelona W 8-2 (n)
2017/18 Sevilla W 2-1 (2-1 a, 0-0 h)
2016/17 Real Madrid L 3-6 (1-2 h, 2-4 a aet)
2015/16 Benfica W 3-2 (1-0 h, 2-2 a)
2014/15 Porto W 7-4 (1-3 a, 6-1 h)
2013/14 Manchester United W 4-2 (1-1 a, 3-1 h)
2012/13 Juventus W 4-0 (2-0 h, 2-0 a)
2011/12 Marseille W 4-0 (2-0 a, 2-0 h)
2009/10 Manchester United W 4-4 away goals (2-1 h, 2-3 a)
2008/09 Barcelona L 1-5 (0-4 a, 1-1 h)
2006/07 AC Milan L 2-4 (2-2 a, 0-2 h)
2004/05 Chelsea L 5-6 (2-4 a, 3-2 h)
2001/02 Real Madrid L 2-3 (2-1 h, 0-2 a)
2000/01 Manchester United W 3-1 (1-0 a, 2-1 h)
1999/00 Porto W 3-2 (1-1 a, 2-1 h)
1998/99 Kaiserslautern W 6-0 (2-0 h, 4-0 a)
1997/98 Borussia Dortmund L 0-1 (0-0 h, 0-1 a)
1994/95 IFK Göteborg W 2-2 away goals (0-0 h, 2-2 a)
1990/91 Porto W 3-1 (1-1 h, 2-0 a)
1989/90 PSV Eindhoven W 3-1 (2-1 h, 1-0 a)
1987/88 Real Madrid L 3-4 (3-2 h, 0-2 a)
1986/87 Anderlecht W 7-2 (5-0 h, 2-2 a)
1985/86 Anderlecht L 2-3 (2-1 h, 0-2 a)
1981/82 Universitatea Craiova W 3-1 (2-0 a, 1-1 h)
1980/81 Baník Ostrava W 6-2 (2-0 h, 4-2 a)
1976/77 Dynamo Kyiv L 1-2 (1-0 h, 0-2 a)
1975/76 Benfica W 5-1 (0-0 a, 5-1 h)
1974/75 Ararat Yerevan W 2-1 (2-0 h, 0-1 a)
1973/74 CSKA Sofia W 5-3 (4-1 h, 1-2 a)
1972/73 Ajax L 2-5 (0-4 a, 2-1 h)
• Bayern are appearing in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the 20th time, a competition record.
• This season, the German giants picked up maximum points from a section that also included Benfica, Barcelona and Dynamo Kyiv, scoring 22 goals – the most in the group stage, three short of Paris Saint-Germain's competition record and two shy of Bayern's own best total – and conceding only three, the joint lowest total with Real Madrid.
• Bayern beat Barcelona 3-0 away and at home, and also won 4-0 at Benfica and 2-1 at Dynamo.
• That winning run was ended by a 1-1 draw at Salzburg in the round of 16 second leg but Bayern eased through with a 7-1 win in Munich, Lewandowski scoring three of their goals and Thomas Müller two.
• Lewandowski is the top scorer in this season's UEFA Champions League on 12 goals. His second-leg haul against Salzburg was only the sixth time a player has scored two or more hat-tricks in a single campaign after his three goals against Benfica on Matchday 4, his 100th game in the competition.
• This season marked Bayern's 25th UEFA Champions League group campaign, fewer only than Barcelona and Real Madrid (both 26). They have now won their section 18 times, including in each of the last four seasons. Only Barcelona (21) have done so more often.
• In 2020/21, as holders, Bayern finished first in Group A, extending their UEFA Champions League record of successive victories to 15 before being held 1-1 at Atlético de Madrid on Matchday 5. Those were the only points they dropped in their section.
• A side coached by Hansi Flick then eased past Lazio in the round of 16 (4-1 a, 2-1) but a 3-2 home loss against Paris Saint-Germain – who Bayern had beaten 1-0 in the previous season's final – in the quarter-final first leg proved insurmountable, Bayern bowing out despite a subsequent 1-0 win in France.
• Flick left Bayern to take over as Germany coach in the summer, Julian Nagelsmann moving from Leipzig to succeed him in Munich.
• Champions of Germany for a record 31st time last season – with a landmark ninth successive Bundesliga title – Bayern have now reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals or better in ten of the last 11 seasons, the exception their defeat by eventual champions Liverpool in the 2018/19 round of 16.
• Bayern are one of three sides who won all six UEFA Champions League group games in 2021/22, along with Liverpool (Group B) and Ajax (C), although none of that trio were able to maintain that run after the round of 16. The Munich club also won all six in their victorious 2019/20 campaign and have matched Real Madrid (2011/12, 2014/15) as the only side to achieve the feat twice. AC Milan (1992/93), Paris Saint-Germain (1994/95), Spartak Moskva (1995/96) and Barcelona (2002/03) all made it six wins from six although only Bayern two seasons ago went on to win the trophy.
• The Munich club are through to the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League for the 24th time in 25 attempts and the 14th season in a row.
• Bayern's last European away defeat was a 3-0 loss at Paris on Matchday 2 of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League; their record since is W17 D5. Outside Munich they had won ten in a row before being held at Atleti last season, with the draw at Salzburg this season only the second of their last 17 away European matches they have failed to win; the victory at Lazio in the 2020/21 round of 16 first leg surpassed Manchester United's UEFA Champions League record of 16 away games without defeat, a run that is now up to 22 matches.
• Bayern have already beaten Spanish opponents this season, recording 3-0 victories away and at home against Barcelona in the group stage with Müller on target in both games and Lewandowski scoring twice at the Camp Nou.
• The Matchday 6 win against Barcelona made it seven games undefeated against Spanish clubs for Bayern (W5 D2), though they have won only six of the last 12 (D3 L3).
• Bayern's away record against Spanish clubs is W8 D7 L15. A 4-0 win against Atlético on Matchday 1 last season ended a run of three games without a home victory (D1 L2). This season's victory at Barcelona was only their second in their last nine visits to Spain (D2 L5).
• Bayern's record in knockout ties against Spanish sides is W11 L11. They have lost five of their last seven ties although they won the most recent, a remarkable 8-2 defeat of Barcelona in the one-off 2019/20 UEFA Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon.
• This is Bayern's sixth UEFA Champions League quarter-final against a Spanish side; their record is W2 L3 with victories in the last two.
• Bayern had won only one of six games against Spanish clubs before that win against Barcelona in August 2020; they have won four of the five since (D1).
Links and trivia
• Villarreal boss Emery was the last coach to oversee a home win against Bayern in the UEFA Champions League – that 3-0 victory for Paris in the 2017/18 group stage. He was also in charge when the French side lost the Matchday 6 return 3-1 in Munich.
• Have played in Germany:
Paco Alcácer (Borussia Dortmund 2018–20)
Francis Coquelin (Freiburg 2013/14 loan)
• Alcácer scored Dortmund's winner in a 3-2 home Bundesliga defeat of Bayern on 10 November 2018, Lewandowski getting both of the visitors' goals.
• Have played in Spain:
Lucas Hernández (Atlético de Madrid 2007–19)
Marc Roca (Espanyol 2008–20)
• Have played together:
Gerard Moreno & Marc Roca (Espanyol 2016–18)
• Boulaye Dia (Villarreal) and Bouna Sarr (Bayern) both helped Senegal to victory at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon earlier this year.
• Lewandowski's goal earned Poland a 1-1 draw against Spain in the UEFA EURO 2020 group stage in Seville on 19 June 2021. Pau Torres and Gerard Moreno both started for Spain.
• Alfonso Pedraza and Roca were both part of the Spain squad that won the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, defeating Germany in the final.
• Villarreal lost 2-0 at Levante on Saturday, making it three defeats in their last four Liga matches – all away from home without scoring.
• However, Unai Emery's side are unbeaten in nine home games in all competitions (W6 D3).
• Villarreal have won only eight of their 22 away matches in all competitions this season (D5), losing nine including five of the last eight. Three of those eight away wins have come in the UEFA Champions League.
• Boulaye Dia scored the only goal of the game as Senegal defeated Egypt 1-0 on 29 March, booking their place in the FIFA World Cup with victory in the subsequent penalty shoot-out.
• Alberto Moreno suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in the defeat at Osasuna on 5 March and is likely to be sidelined for the rest of the season.
• Juan Foyth, who had not played since the round of 16 first leg due to a muscle issue, made his return from injury as a late substitute in Argentina's 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Ecuador on 29 March and started at Levante on Saturday.
• Gerard Moreno was out with a calf injury between 6 February and 16 March, when he returned to score Villarreal's opener from the penalty spot at Juventus.
• Francis Coquelin returned at Osasuna from a ruptured Achilles suffered on 20 November.
• Paco Alcácer came on as a substitute on Saturday, his first appearance since 6 February because of a calf injury.
• Samuel Chukwueze missed the weekend defeat with a hamstring problem.
• Yeremi Pino scored his first senior goal for Spain on his first start in the 5-0 friendly win over Iceland on 29 March.
• The same day Aïsa Mandi's Algeria missed out on World Cup qualification following a 1-2 extra-time defeat against Cameroon, a tie they lost on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw.
• Also on 29 March Serge Aurier was sent off in the first half of Ivory Coast's 3-0 friendly defeat by England.
• The first-leg draw at Salzburg ended Robert Lewandowski's run of 22 successive UEFA Champions League victories, a competition record.
• Four days after the second leg against Salzburg, Bayern drew 1-1 at Hoffenheim, a Lewandowski goal rescuing a draw.
• On 19 March Bayern prevailed 4-0 at home to Union Berlin, Lewandowski getting two more goals and Tanguy Nianzou scoring his first for Bayern.
• Bayern were 4-1 victors at Freiburg on Saturday, Kingsley Coman scoring for the second successive Bundesliga game with Marcel Sabitzer getting his first for Bayern. The Munich giants are now nine points clear at the top of the table as they close in on a record tenth successive Bundesliga title.
• Bayern have won 30 of their 39 games this season in all competitions, scoring 130 goals.
• Bayern's 85 goals after 28 Matchdays is a new Bundesliga record.
• Bayern have scored three or more goals in 11 of their last 18 games.
• Lewandowski scored 43 Bundesliga goals in 2021, surpassing the old record of Gerd Müller (42) in 1972. He already has 12 goals in 11 league appearances in 2022.
• Saturday's win at Freiburg marked Thomas Müller's 410th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern. Only two outfield players have played more: Gerd Müller (427) and Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck (416).
• Müller made his 619th Bayern appearance against Freiburg and is behind only goalkeepers Sepp Maier (702) and Oliver Kahn (632).
• Manuel Neuer recorded his 311th Bundesliga win – for Schalke and Bayern combined – against Union, surpassing Kahn's record, in his 460th league game; Kahn needed 557 appearances – for Karlsruhe and Bayern – to reach 310 victories. Neuer now has 312 league victories; Thomas Müller is third on the list with 299 wins in 410 matches, all for Bayern.
• Lewandowski has 31 Bundesliga goals in 28 games this season. He has scored 45 goals in 38 club outings in 2021/22, and has 51 in 45 including his six international strikes in seven matches for Poland.
• Lewandowski has now scored 308 league goals for Borussia Dortmund and Bayern combined, the second highest Bundesliga total of all time, behind only former Bayern striker Gerd Müller (365 goals).
• Bayern were beaten 5-0 at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the German Cup second round on 27 October, their heaviest defeat in the competition and their biggest loss since a 7-1 Bundesliga defeat at Fortuna Düsseldorf on 9 December 1978. It was also the first time they had conceded five goals in a game since a 5-1 league loss at Eintracht Frankfurt on 2 November 2019.
• Bayern have been eliminated in the German Cup second round in each of the last two seasons.
• On 29 March Lewandowski opened the scoring from the penalty spot as Poland beat Sweden 2-0 at home in the play-off final to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
• Also on 29 March Müller scored in Germany's 1-1 friendly draw in the Netherlands. Three days earlier he had missed a penalty in a 2-0 friendly win against Israel. Jamal Musiala started both of those matches for Germany.
• Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting got the first goal for Cameroon as they beat Algeria 2-1 after extra time to qualify for the World Cup on 29 March. The same day Bouna Sarr's Senegal also reached the finals, beating Egypt in a penalty shoot-out.
• A Sabitzer goal was not enough to prevent Austria losing 2-1 in Wales in the World Cup play-off semi-finals on 24 March.
• Malik Tillman scored for Germany in a 4-0 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying win against Latvia on 25 March.
• Four days later a Paul Wanner goal helped Germany to a 5-2 win against the Czech Republic in the European U17 Championship elite round to earn a place at this summer's finals in Israel.
• Serge Gnabry missed Germany's internationals due to illness while Joshua Kimmich sat out the matches for family reasons; the latter played 90 minutes at the weekend, when Gnabry came on as a substitute.
• Benjamin Pavard, who had already missed the Union Berlin game, was also sidelined for France's internationals due to illness but started for Bayern at Freiburg.
• Niklas Süle returned as a late substitute on Saturday having been out since 16 March with a hamstring injury.
• Alphonso Davies, whose Canada side qualified for the World Cup during the international break, is yet to play in 2022 because of a heart muscle inflammation after illness.
• Leon Goretzka scored Bayern's first goal at the weekend having not featured since 4 December due to a knee injury.