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History favours Reds in Donetsk duel

FC Bayern have to beat Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday if they are to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. In the build-up to the Allianz Arena clash, fcbayern.de has compiled the most interesting facts and figures relating to the big game.

19 out of 21 for Bayern

From a statistical point of view, Bayern’s chances of a fourth Champions League quarter-final in a row and their 14th overall are good in the wake of the goalless draw in the first leg: FCB have made the next round following an away draw in a first leg on 19 out of 21 occasions. The only times the equation failed to pay out were the European Cup semi-finals against Liverpool in 1980/81 (0-0, 1-1) and the Champions League quarter-finals against AC Milan in 2006/07 (2-2, 0-2).

3 out of 6 for Donetsk

In six European knockout ties to date, Shakhtar have drawn at home and then been eliminated on three occasions, most recently in the Champions League Round of 16 against Borussia Dortmund in 2012/13 (2-2 at home, 0-3 away). The only previous goalless draw at home came in the UEFA Cup third round in 2000/01 against RC Celta de Vigo. Shakhtar lost the return by the only goal of the game.

Bayern v Ukraine

FC Bayern and Shakhtar crossed swords for the first time ever three weeks ago. Prior to that, the Bundesliga giants had faced Ukrainian opposition ten times – always in the shape of Dynamo Kyiv. FCB lost four of those matches: both legs of the 1975 UEFA Supercup (0-1 in Munich, 0-2 in Kyiv), a European Cup quarter-final return in 1977 (0-2 in Kyiv), and the away leg in the Champions League second group stage in 2000 (0-2). However, FCB won four of five home matches against Kyiv and have lost only one of their last seven meetings with Ukrainian opposition (4 wins, 2 draws). In 11 games against Ukraine clubs, Bayern have won five, drawn two and lost four.

Shakhtar v Germany

Shakhtar have drawn three and lost two of their last five meetings with Bundesliga clubs, although their overall record reads won 5, drawn 4 and lost 5. Donetsk’s last two visits to Germany ended in clear-cut defeats, 4-0 to Leverkusen in October 2013 (Champions League group stage), and 3-0 to Dortmund in March 2013 (Champions League Round of 16). Shakhtar’s record on German soil is won 2, drawn 1, lost 4.

Guardiola v Donetsk

Shakhtar are through to the Champions League Round of 16 for the third time, all of them in the last five seasons. The Ukrainians overcame Roma 6-2 on aggregate to make the next stage in 2010/11 but then lost 6-1 on aggregate to Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. Current boss Lucescu and the likes of Darijo Srna, Luiz Adriano and Douglas Costa were already at the club back then.

Fortress Allianz Arena

FC Bayern are irresistible at home again this term with 15 wins out of 16 matches at the Allianz Arena, punctuated by a solitary 1-1 draw with Schalke. FCB have scored 48 and conceded only four at home this term. The Reds have won all three Champions League matches at home without conceding a goal: 1-0 v Manchester City, 2-0 v AS Roma, 3-0 v CSKA Moscow.

Donetsk’s strong defence

Shakhtar are unbeaten in their last four away games in Europe (one win, three draws), conceding only two goals and keeping three clean sheets in their last five Champions League matches. Just four goals against in the six-match group stage was a new club record, and in the current competition, Shakhtar have yet to let in a goal before the 68th minute.