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Real Madrid - Bayern: Match big names

February 20 2007

Today, once again begins Champions League, it will be played the first match of 1 / 8 finals.

Real Madrid (Spain) - Bayern Munich (Germany)

"Fight worthy finale, the two richest and most titled team of Spain and Germany to confront oneself at an early stage of the tournament. Interestingly, both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich played in recent times from bad to worse. In the last round of national championships, "Real" almost lost in their own "Santiago Bernabeu" guests from Betis (0:0), and Munichites altogether lost outsider "Alemany" (0:1). For the "Bavaria" - a second defeat in three matches under new coach Ottmar Hitzfeld.

In the main club competition in Europe "Bavaria" and "Real" played each other 16 times. Nine victories for the Germans, five Spaniards and two teams separated world. In recent years (seasons 2002, 2004) "Real" has consistently knocked Bayern out of the drawing prize.

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Celtic (Scotland) - Milan (Italy)

Scots a strong lead in the national championship, ahead of the hated Rangers have 19 points. Before the match at Celtic striker Kenny Miller injured, but his appearance on the field possible.

In Milan on the field just will not go: Ronaldo, the current tournament, he had struck up a "Real", Filippo Inzaghi because of injury, and goalkeeper Dida, never recovered from his shoulder.

The teams met each other only four times, and more consistently held Italian Grand. Latest matches both opponents have won: "Celtic" from "Aberdeen" - 2:1, and "Milan" in Siena - 4:3.

Lille (France) - Manchester United (England)

"Lille" before meeting with the leader of the English Premier League has suffered two defeats in the championship of France. In the last round he was beaten in his field champion Lyon (1:2), as in the previous round was the victim of "Toulouse" (0:1). The "Lille" big problems in the attack, in the last nine matches, the team scored only five goals. In addition, today's game because of suspension misses Keita Kader.

Manchester United in a match in the Cup of the country failed to break the resistance "Reading" - (1:1). However, intentionally put Alex Ferguson for the game reserve team. Now in its possession all the strongest players, including goalkeeper Netherlands Edwin van der Sar, recovering after breaking his nose.

In the Champions League rivals have met four times (seasons 2001 and 2005). Both at once won by the same score - 1:0 and twice went world - 1:1 and 0:0.

PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) - Arsenal (England)

The Dutch have a big question involved in the match defender Manuel da Costa and main midfielder Ibrahim Affelaya. And here at Arsenal all the players the basic structure in the ranks, including recovered Belarusian Alexander Hleb.

Domestic championship Gunners' hopelessly lagging behind leaders Manchester United and Chelsea and now they are fighting only for third place with Liverpool, but PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch championship confidently head table. Eindhoven club ahead of Ajax on five points.

2002 and 2004, PSV have played against Arsenal, while the British won twice (4:0 and 1:0) and twice a match ends in a draw - 0:0 and 1:1.

Alex Vitvitskiy


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