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Nic Ladds 23rd Feb 2010 - 16:33

Europa League Opta Facts – 25th February

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Europa League 25 February 2010

Sporting Lisbon v Everton

  • Everton's win over Sporting in the first leg was their first against Portuguese opposition. The Toffees had lost their previous two earlier this season in the Europa League, losing 5-0 away and 2-0 at home to Benfica.
  • The Toffees have scored just three goals over the course of their last five matches in the Europa League.
  • Four of Sporting Lisbon's nine goals in Europe this season have come in the 85th minute or later.
  • The Toffees have lost just one of their last six games (in all competitions).
  • Sporting have failed to win any of their last seven games, losing five (in all competitions).

Shakhtar Donetsk v Fulham

  • Fulham's first leg meeting with Shakhtar was their first ever with Ukrainian opposition in a competitive match.
  • Fulham are the third English side Shakhtar have faced in Europe, and the third from London, after Arsenal (2000/01) and Spurs (2007/08).
  • The Whites have found the net in each of their seven matches in the Europa League this season.
  • Fulham have opened the scoring in their last six matches in Europe.
  • After going 13 matches unbeaten in the Europa League and UEFA Cup combined, Shakhtar have now lost two consecutive games in the competition; both by one goal.
  • Their first leg defeat (2-1) to Fulham was the first time that Shakhtar conceded more than one goal in a European game in their last 18 games.
  • The Cottagers are unbeaten in their last six games (in all competitions), winning two and scoring 12 in the process, whilst conceding only two goals.

Unirea Urziceni v Liverpool

  • Liverpool have lost just one of their 12 matches against Romanian opposition, and have progressed to the next stage each time they have met them in European competition.
  • The Reds have conceded just one goal in their last five clashes with sides from Romania.
  • The Reds have not scored more than once in a match in Europe this season.
  • Unirea's 1-0 defeat in the first leg was the first time that they have failed to score in their last six matches in Europe.
  • The last four Liverpool games, in all competitions, have produced a total of just three goals.
  • Unirea have enjoyed just one win in their last four games, losing the other three (in all competitions).


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