Bayern München must succeeding in overturning a European first-leg deficit for the first time since 2015 as Villarreal come to Germany defending a one-goal advantage having ended their opponents' record unbeaten away run in the UEFA Champions League.
• An early Arnaut Danjuma strike gave Villarreal the first-leg advantage in their first quarter-final since 2009 as Bayern, making their record 20th appearance at this stage of the UEFA Champions League, suffered a first defeat in this season's competition and lost an away European match for the first time since 2017.
• 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 came into this tie buoyed by impressive round of 16 successes. Bayern overwhelmed Salzburg, Robert Lewandowski scoring three of their seven goals in the home 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.
• 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 5-0 against Dynamo and 5-2 against Benfica in Munich.
• 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.
• Bayern's previous European away defeat before their reverse at Villarreal was a 3-0 loss a Paris side coached by current Villarreal boss Unai Emery on Matchday 2 of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League. Outside Munich they had won 15 of their previous 17 away European matches, the victory at Lazio in the 2020/21 round of 16 first leg surpassing Manchester United's UEFA Champions League record of 16 away games without defeat, a run that Villarreal ended at 22 matches (W17 D5).
• Lewandowski is the top scorer in this season's UEFA Champions League on 12 goals, one more than Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. 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. Benzema has since achieved the same feat.
• 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.
• Last season's round of 16 first-leg defeat by Paris ended Bayern's run of eight successive home UEFA Champions League victories and is the only one of their last 13 matches in the competition in Munich they have not won.
• 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 first-leg loss at Villarreal ended Bayern's seven-match unbeaten run against Spanish clubs (W5 D2), though they have won only six of the last 13 (D3 L4).
• A 4-0 win against Atlético de Madrid on Matchday 1 last season ended a run of three games without a home victory against Spanish clubs (D1 L2). Overall, their record against Spanish visitors in Munich is W20 D6 L4.
• 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.
• Bayern had won only one of six games against Spanish clubs before that victory against Barcelona in August 2020; they have won four of the six since (D1 L1).
• 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 have recovered from an away first-leg defeat to win the tie on ten occasions in UEFA competition but have suffered 13 defeats, including ten in the last 13 contests, most recently on away goals against Atlético in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League semi-finals (0-1 a, 2-1 h).
• That was the eighth time Bayern had lost 1-0 away first and their third aggregate elimination. It was also the second in a row after a 4-0 reverse against Real Madrid in the 2013/14 semi-finals – Bayern's heaviest home European defeat.
• Bayern's record in six UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W5 L1:
4-3 v Åtvidaberg, 1973/74 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round
9-8 v PAOK, 1983/84 UEFA Cup second round
5-4 v Valencia, 2000/01 UEFA Champions League final
3-1 v Real Madrid, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League semi-final
3-4 v Chelsea, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League final
5-4 v Chelsea, 2013 UEFA Super Cup
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.
• Six of Villarreal's ten points came away from home thanks to wins at Young Boys (4-1) and Atalanta (3-2) after the defeat at 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 Danjuma (90+2pen) secured a memorable 3-0 success in Turin, making it three wins in four European away games this season.
• However, that was just the fourth win in Villarreal's last 13 away fixtures in the UEFA Champions League proper (D4 L5), the other a 1-0 success at Benfica on Matchday 4 in 2005/06.
• 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, 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 away game against a German club since a 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg, a result that took the Spanish side through 2-0 on aggregate. That 2011 loss at Bayern is one of only two defeats in Germany (W2 D2) with draws on their last two visits.
• Home and away, Villarreal have now won six of their 13 games against Bundesliga sides (D4 L3) and are unbeaten in five (W2 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.
• Villarreal have won 15 of the 16 European ties in which they won the first leg at home, including last season's UEFA Europa League semi-final against Arsenal. The sole loss came against Liverpool at the same stage of the 2015/16 competition (1-0 h, 0-3 a), the fourth, and most recent, tie in which they had won 1-0 in the first game at home.
• Villarreal's record in four UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W3 L1:
4-3 v Torino, 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup third round
3-1 v Atlético de Madrid, 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup final
11-10 v Manchester United, 2020/21 UEFA Europa League final
5-6 v Chelsea, 2021 UEFA Super Cup
Links and trivia
• 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:
Marc Roca & Gerard Moreno (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.