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First time behind closed doors for FCB

Bayern’s 189th Champions League match is destined for the annals as it will be the club’s first behind closed doors, with only a handful of officials and reporters admitted to the Arena Khimki. The reason is a punishment imposed by European football’s governing body UEFA for racist incidents involving CSKA Moscow supporters during the final group match of last season, a 2-1 defeat to Viktoria Pilsen. “We’re used to playing in front  of capacity crowds, but now in an empty stadium? It’ll be strange,” commented FCB captain Philipp Lahm. Tuesday’s match will be the eighth behind-closed-doors fixture in the history of Europe’s elite club competition.

Fine record against CSKA

The record from previous meetings between FC Bayern and CSKA Moscow is skewed heavily in Bayern’s direction. The teams have met twice so far, the home and away games in last season’s Champions League group phase, with Munich winning 3-0 in Russia and 3-1 at home. Bayern’s record against Russian clubs in European competition is also positive: FCB have won eight of 16 encounters, with six draws and only two defeats. The Reds have scored 34 goals in those games and conceded 15.

CSKA versus German teams

Going into the home meeting with FCB, Russian champions CSKA have a negative record against German clubs. In a total of six matches from three double-headers against FCB, VfL Wolfsburg and Hamburger SV, the men from Moscow have won two and lost four, with seven goals scored and 13 conceded.

Collum appointed referee

William Collum will referee Tuesday evening’s Champions League Group E meeting between CSKA Moscow and FC Bayern. The 35-year-old Scot takes charge of a match involving Bayern for the second time: Collum refereed FCB’s 4-1 home win against BATE Borisov in December 2012.

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