Bayern join Valencia in last 16 after 1-1 draw

© Reuters Bayern Munich joined Group F rivals Valencia in the last 16 of the Champions League after the 2001 finalists played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Mestalla on Tuesday.

Lille's 2-0 win at BATE Borisov in the earlier kickoff had put the Spanish club through to the knockout stage and Bayern, last year's runners-up, also progressed despite failing to make their numerical advantage count against 10-man Valencia.

The hosts had right back Antonio Barragan sent off for a wild tackle on David Alaba in the 33rd minute but, roared on by their fans, produced a battling performance to thwart the side that beat them on penalties in the final in Milan 11 years ago.

Sofiane Feghouli's deflected shot put Valencia ahead against the run of play in the 77th before Thomas Mueller levelled five minutes later to secure a place in the knockout phase.

With five of six matches played, Bayern and Valencia each have 10 points and will aim to secure top spot and thereby avoid the big guns when they play their final matches on Dec. 5.

Bayern host BATE, who are third on six points and have already clinched a Europa League place by virtue of a better head-to-head record with Lille. Valencia visit the French side, who are bottom with three points.

Bayern defender Dante twice went close with headers from corners in the early stages against the Spaniards before Manuel Neuer pulled off a superb save to deny Feghouli.

With a man extra the Germans had plenty of possession in the second half but Valencia squandered a chance to open the scoring when Tino Costa played Roberto Soldado through in the 62nd.

The Spain striker, who has four goals in the competition this season, struck a fierce shot towards Neuer's goal but it flew narrowly over the bar.

Feghouli then gave Valencia the lead before Mueller's scuffed effort secured the late equaliser.
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on Nov 20, 2012

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