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Bayern braced for mini-final in Valencia: Martinez

Published on Nov 20, 2012 5:50 AM
Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez gives a press conference at the Westing Hotel in Valencia on Nov 19, 2012, on the eve of the Uefa Champions League football match between FC Bayern Munich and Valencia. -- PHOTO: AFP

VALENCIA, Spain (REUTERS) - Bayern Munich are treating their clash with joint Group F pacesetters Valencia like a final given a berth in the Champions League last 16 is up for grabs, Javi Martinez said on Monday.

Last year's finalists travel to the Mestalla with nine points from four games, but having beaten Valencia 2-1 earlier in the campaign the Germans would assure themselves qualification with another win.

"Both teams will be going for it," Bayern's Spain midfielder Martinez told a news conference.

"We are in a position where by winning we qualify for the next round. It is like a mini-final for the Group.

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