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old football ballValencia CF have beaten Bayern Munchen only once in eight meetings but will be hoping for a more favourable result as UEFA Champions League Group F reaches its climactic stages.

Losing finalists on their own ground last season, Bayern opened the 2012/13 competition with a 2-1 home win against Valencia, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos on target before Nelson Valdez pulled one back in added time.

Valencia’s Adil Rami then received a second yellow card, but Mario Mandžuki? missed the subsequent penalty.

Valencia put their first points on the board with a 2-0 home victory over LOSC Lille before a Roberto Soldado hat-trick gave them a 3-0 success at FC BATE Borisov. In the home return the Spanish side were 4-2 winners, joining Bayern on nine points.

Bayern suffered a surprise 3-1 loss to BATE in Minsk but then won away (1-0) and home (6-1) against LOSC to get back on track.

Previous meetings
The 19 September contest was the first between the teams since the 2001 UEFA Champions League final in Milan, which was dominated by penalties. Captains Gaizka Mendieta and Stefan Effenberg swapped spot kicks in normal time, Bayern’s Mehmet Scholl having also missed from the spot. Oliver Kahn denied Mauricio Pellegrino – now Valencia coach – in the shoot-out to secure a 5-4 Bayern triumph and a fourth European title.

The lineups on 23 May 2001 were:
Bayern: Kahn, Sagnol (Jancker 46), Kuffour, Andersson, Linke, Lizarazu, Hargreaves, Effenberg, Scholl (Sergio 108), Salihamidzic, Elber (Zickler 100).
Valencia: Canizares, Angloma, Ayala (Djukic 90), Pellegrino, Carboni, Mendieta, Baraja, Kily Gonzalez, Aimar, (Albelda 46), Sanchez (Zahovic 66), Carew.

Three of the sides’ other seven matches also ended 1-1, including both encounters in the 1999/2000 first group stage. The 1996/97 UEFA Cup first round tie was decided by Valencia’s 3-0 home victory, with Bayern winning 1-0 in Germany.

Valencia’s European record against German clubs is W5 D10 L11. At home the statistics are W4 D7 L1 but they have prevailed in just one of five UEFA Champions League fixtures against German visitors, 3-1 against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in last season’s group stage. That ended a seven-game winless home run against German opposition in all competitions going back to that 1996 defeat of Bayern.

Bayern beat Club Atletico de Madrid in the 1973/74 European Champion Clubs’ Cup final.

Bayern’s European record away to Liga teams is W5 D4 L10. Last season they won 2-0 at Villarreal CF in the group stage, their first victory in Spain since 2001, with Kroos and Rafinha on the scoresheet. In the semi-final they ousted Real Madrid CF on penalties after both  legs  finished 2-1  to  the home side, Arjen Robben netting a 27th-minute penalty in Madrid.