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14.04.2009 11:30

Bayern-Barça: did you know that…?

Roger Bogunyà

This Tuesday Bayern Munich and Barça are going head-to-head in the return leg of their Champions League quarter final. Here are some curious facts and figures about the game.

• Neither team has overcome a 4-0 first leg deficit in the Champions League. If Bayern want to get through they’ll have to make a little bit of history.

• The biggest ever comeback in the Champions League took place when Deportivo de la Coruña beat AC Milan 4-0 at home after losing the first leg 4-1.

• Barça’s biggest Champions League defeats have been against AC Milan and Dynamo Kiev, on both occasions going down 0-4.

• Bayern has got through 7 of the 17 ties in which they played the second leg in Munich after having lost the first leg. However, on every occasion they were only one goal down.

• Barça has only been knocked out on 3 of the 36 occasions on which they have won the first leg at home, and always against English teams.

WEB_15.jpg• The Catalans have not lost away from home in this season’s Champions League. They won their three group stage games and drew in the last 16 at Lyon ( 1-1 ).

• The Germans are likewise unbeaten at home in the Champions League, having beaten Fiorentina, Steaua and Sporting Lisbon and drawn with Lyon in the group stage.

• Bayern has twice scored four against a Spanish team. Both times it was against Real Madrid, but the 4-1 scoreline on both occasions would not be enough for the Germans on Tuesday evening.

• Both teams won their League encounters on Saturday. Bayern beat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 and Barça defeated Recreativo Huelva 2-0 .

• Barça’s record with German sides is 26 wins, 9 draws and 11 defeats. Just counting away matches it is 9 wins, 8 draws and 5 defeats.

• Barça has won 11 and drawn one of its last 12 clashes with German teams.

fcb-basilea_x6x.jpg• Leo Messi (8 goals) is top scorer in the Champions League while Klose (7 goals), sidelined through injury, is second.

• The only Bayern player to have appeared in all the club’s European matches this season is Schweinsteiger.

• Two Bayern players, Ribéry and Toni, have been fouled more often than any of the other players left in the Champions League.

• The German’s have won fewest corners at 44.

• Barça is top in a whole raft of statistics: goals scored (28), shots (75), and fouls received (165). It has also committed fewest fouls (105) and been offside least often (15).

• Borowski, Demichelis and ex-Barça player Van Bommel are one yellow card away from being suspended.

WEB_17.jpg• In the Barça camp only Sergio Busquets is in the same boat. Márquez picked up his third yellow at Camp Nou so misses the Allianz Arena clash.

• Bayern Munich’s ground will host the 2012 Champions League final.
Bayern-Barça: did you know that…?
Rosetti and the Germans
The referee for this Tuesday’s game, Roberto Rosetti, has so far only refereed Barça against German sides. The first was Werder Bremen v Barça (1-1) in the 2006/07 season in the Champions League group stage, while next came Barça v Schalke (1-0) in 2007/08 in the Champions League quarter final second leg. Rosetti hasn’t taken charge of any other games featuring the Catalans, and it will also be his first time officiating with Bayern Munich.

Rosetti took charge of the Euro 2008 final when a Spain team featuring Xavi, Puyol and Iniesta beat Germany 1-0.

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