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Andrew Tibot 21st Aug 2016 - 12:23

Champions League Playoff Second Leg Opta facts

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Manchester City - Steaua Bucharest

o   Manchester City's 5-0 win in the first leg qualifier equalled their biggest ever European win (also 5-0 v Lierse in 1969/70 Cup Winners' Cup and 5-0 v The New Saints in 2003/04 UEFA Cup qualifying).

o   City's 5-0 advantage is the biggest first leg lead recorded since the introduction of the Champions League playoff round in 2009/10.

o   The Citizens have won all three of their previous games against Romanian opposition, scoring eight and conceding none.

o   Steaua Bucharest have lost their last four games against English sides, failing to score in the last three.

o   Steaua have played in England on nine previous occasions in European competition, losing seven and drawing twice. Their highest profile trip on English soil was in the UEFA Cup semi-final v Middlesbrough in April 2006, losing 4-2 on the night.

o   Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick in the first leg, but also missed two penalties. The last player to miss two spotkicks in a Champions League qualifier before him was Ivica Vrdoljak for Legia Warsaw v Celtic in July 2014.

 

 

Hapoel Be'er Sheva - Celtic

o   Celtic have qualified from eight of their last nine European qualifiers in which they've taken a lead into the second leg - the exception was last season's Champions League play-off against Malmo.

o   Hapoel Be'er Sheva are unbeaten in their last four home European games (W2 D2).

o   Leigh Griffiths has scored five goals in his last four European games for Celtic.

o   Since the Champions League play-offs were introduced in 2009/10, no side has ever recovered a three-goal deficit from the first leg.

o   The Bhoys have kept only one clean sheet in their last 13 European games, conceding 21 goals.

o   Should Hapoel qualify, they would be the fourth Israeli side to play in the Champions League proper after Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv.

 

 

Legia Warsaw - Dundalk

o   Legia are unbeaten in their last seven home Champions League qualifiers (W3 D4).

o   Dundalk have won only two of their last 19 away European games, both in the Europa League qualifying phase in 2014/15 (D3 L14).

o   Warsaw have conceded only one goal in this season Champions League qualifiers and are on a run of four consecutive clean sheets.

o   The only side to overcome a two-goal deficit from the first leg of a Champions League play-off qualifier was Celtic in 2013/14 against Shakhtyor Qaraghandy.

o   Should Legia Warsaw qualify, they will be the first Polish side to qualify for the Champions League since Widzew Lodz in 1996/97 and the first time Warsaw have qualified since their sole participation in 1995/96.

If Dundalk qualify, they will be the first ever Irish team to play in the Champions League.

 

 
 
 

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