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Jon Riley 25th Apr 2012 - 10:37

Europa League Opta Facts - Semi-Final Second Legs

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Europa League Opta Facts
Semi-final Second Leg

Valencia v Atletico Madrid

  • Atlético are on a run of 10 straight wins in the Europa League. With their victory over Valencia in the first-leg, the Rojiblancos became the first side in the history of the competition to win 10 in a row in the Uefa Cup/Europa League.
  • These two sides were drawn together in the 2009/10 Quarter-finals of this competition. Atlético went through following a 2-2 draw at Valencia and a 0-0 at home.
  • Falcao has scored 27 goals in 27 matches in the Europa League.
  • The Colombian striker has scored in each of his last four appearances in the competition, netting five goals in total.
  • Atletico have won their last four European games away from home. They have never won five successive away games in European competition.
  • Los Colchoneros have never won an away game against a fellow Spanish side in Europe (P4 D1 L3).
  • Valencia, on the other hand, are unbeaten in four previous European home games against Spanish sides (W3 D1).
  • Despite joining after elimination from the Champions League, Valencia have scored six goals from corners in the Europa League this season, a joint-competition-high.
  • Atletico are the top scorers in this season's Europa League with 29 goals so far.

Athletic Bilbao v Sporting CP

  • Athletic have scored in every Europa League match this season.
  • Bielsa's men have won four of their seven meetings with Portuguese sides in European competitions (exc. Qualfiiers): D1 L2, and all three at home.
  • Sporting have won only two of their last 11 meetings with Spanish sides in Europe (exc. Qualifiers): D4 L5.
  • The Portuguese giants have never won away against a Spanish opponent in Europe (exc. Qualifiers), drawing three and losing nine.
  • Despite their excellent European home form, Sporting have only won two of their last 13 away from home (D4 L7).
  • The Basques have only lost two of their last 30 home European games (W21 D7, excludes qualifiers) since 1983, and are unbeaten in seven (W4 D3).
  • Bilbao have won their only previous three home games against Portuguese sides, including a 2-1 win over Sporting CP in September 1956.
  • Athletic have had more shots (168) and shots on target (78) than any other Europa League side this term.
  • Sporting Lisbon have won more fouls than any other team in the 2011/12 Europa League (240).

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