FC Shakhtar Donetsk meet FC Bayern München for the first time in a competitive fixture bidding to record a first home win over Bundesliga visitors in 35 years.
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FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Bayern München meet for the first time with the Ukrainian side hoping to record a first home win over Bundesliga visitors since 1980.
• Shakhtar lost to German opponents at this stage in 2012/13 when they drew 2-2 at home to Borussia Dortmund, leading twice through Darijo Srna and Douglas Costa with Robert Lewandowski scoring Dortmund's first equaliser. Shakhtar were beaten 3-0 in Germany, Mario Götze getting the second goal.
• Shakhtar's last four home games with Bundesliga visitors have ended in three draws and a loss. Their last success came against holders Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1980/81 UEFA Cup first round when Mikhail Sokolovski's goal earned a 1-0 first-leg win, although the ensuing 3-0 defeat in Germany meant it was in vain.
• The Pitmen's home record against German clubs is W2 D3 L1. Overall it reads W5 D4 L5.
• Shakhtar's most memorable encounter with a Bundesliga team was their 2-1 victory over SV Werder Bremen after extra time in the 2009 UEFA Cup final in Istanbul. Luiz Adriano scored the opening goal for a Shakhtar side including Andriy Pyatov, Srna, Olexandr Kucher and Ilsinho.
• This is Shakhtar's third appearance in the round of 16, all in the last five seasons. Aside from the Dortmund reverse, they overcame AS Roma to reach the 2010/11 quarter-finals.
• This time round Mircea Lucescu's men finished second in Group H, five points behind FC Porto. At home they were held 2-2 by Porto before a 5-0 success against FC BATE Borisov; they also won 7-0 away. When they lost 1-0 to Athletic Club on matchday five it was a fourth defeat in their last 19 UEFA Champions League home games, group stage to final, winning nine.
• Group H proved a personal triumph for Luiz Adriano who equalled Cristiano Ronaldo's record – set in 2013/14 – of nine group stage goals.
• Bayern's ten previous matches against Ukrainian clubs were all against FC Dynamo Kyiv, who beat the Munich outfit 3-0 (2-0 in Kyiv) over two legs to lift the 1975 UEFA Super Cup.
• Their last trip to Ukraine was in the 1999/2000 UEFA Champions League second group stage when they succumbed 2-0.
• Bayern have posted a solitary win, one draw and three defeats in Ukraine.
• Last term Bayern eliminated Arsenal FC at this stage for the second successive season on their way to a third semi-final appearance in a row.
Coach and player links
• Lucescu's Shakhtar played five times against Guardiola's FC Barcelona and suffered four defeats (including a 1-0 reverse in the 2009 UEFA Super Cup). The victory came in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League group stage as Olexandr Gladkiy's double steered the visitors to a 3-2 Camp Nou triumph.
• Thomas Müller struck the final goal to earn Germany a 3-3 draw in a friendly against Ukraine on 11 November 2011 in Kyiv. Jérôme Boateng, Holger Badstuber and Götze also played for the visitors while Kucher and Yaroslav Rakitskiy featured for Ukraine.
• Srna was on target in Croatia's 2-1 win over Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger's Germany in the UEFA EURO 2008 group stage in Klagenfurt. Schweinsteiger was sent off in added time.
• Kucher was dismissed and scored an own goal in Ukraine's 2-1 friendly victory against David Alaba's Austria in Lviv on 15 November 2011. Rakitskiy also figured for the hosts.
• Kucher was also dismissed in added time of the first leg of the 2014 FIFA World Cup play-off against Franck Ribéry’s France in Kyiv on 15 November 2013. Pyatov, Vyacheslav Shevchuk and Taras Stepanenko all played that night while Rakitskiy was on the bench.
• Stepanenko is serving a one-match suspension having been booked three times in the group stage.
• Shakhtar have not had a competitive fixture since matchday six. They resume their Ukrainian Premier League defence against FC Vorskla Poltava on 28 February. Lucescu's men are second, five points behind unbeaten leaders Dynamo.
• The Pitmen played a number of friendlies at training camps in Brazil and Spain during the winter break.
Brazil (7-26 Jan): EC Bahia (L3-2), CR Flamengo (0-0), CA Mineiro (L4-2), SC Internacional (W2-1), Cruzeiro EC (1-1).
Spain (30 Jan-9 Feb): GNK Dinamo Zagreb (1-1), UD Almería (W3-1), Real Murcia CF (W2-1), Aalborg BK (W2-1).
• Shakhtar terminated Dmytro Chygrynskiy's contract by mutual consent on 2 February. The centre-back has since joined FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on a six-month deal.
UEFA Champions League squad changes
• In: None
• Out: Mykyta Kryukov (FC Illychivets Mariupil, loan)
• Bayern went into the winter break in Germany 11 points clear of second-placed VfL Wolfsburg – the biggest lead at the midway point of a Bundesliga season. Two months on and Guardiola's side have an eight-point cushion after winning two of their four games in 2015.
• The Munich outfit warmed up for the first leg against Shakhtar by recording their biggest Bundesliga win since March 1984 on Saturday, beating Hamburger SV 8-0.
• Ribéry (thigh) and Rafinha (ankle) both made their first competitive appearances of 2015 on Saturday, the Frenchman scoring after his introduction as a substitute.
• The Bavarian side suffered their first domestic defeat of the campaign on 30 January, losing 4-1 to Wolfsburg. Manuel Neuer conceded as many goals in 90 minutes as he had in his previous 17 league matches this term.
• Lahm (out since 18 November, ankle), Javi Martínez (13 August, knee) and Thiago Alcántara (29 March, knee) are long-term absentees.
• Bayern defeated Qatar Stars (4-1, Doha), al-Hilal FC (4-1, Riyadh) and VfL Bochum 1848 (5-1) in friendlies during the winter hiatus.
UEFA Champions League squad changes
• In: Pepe Reina, Tom Starke
• Out: Pierre Højbjerg (FC Augsburg, loan), Ylli Sallahi, Xherdan Shaqiri (FC Internazionale Milano, loan)