Fenerbahçe SK must turn around a 2-1 first-leg deficit if they are to overcome FC Spartak Mosvka and reach the UEFA Champions League group stage, with both teams seeking to put recent disappointments behind them.
• Spartak struck first in Moscow through Emmanuel Emenike (59), but Dirk Kuyt restored parity with an instinctive finish six minutes later before Dmitri Kombarov's 69th-minute thunderbolt gave the Russian side a narrow lead.
• Spartak bowed out of the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League play-offs after a 2-2 away draw preceded a 3-2 home defeat against Legia Warszawa. Fenerbahçe are back in Europe after a one-season absence; in 2010/11 they lost to BSC Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round and then PAOK FC in the UEFA Europa League play-offs.
• With both clubs finishing as runners-up in their respective leagues last season, Spartak are looking to advance to an 11th UEFA Champions League campaign. Fenerbahçe are seeking their first involvement since 2008/09 and seventh in total, and can take heart from having beaten SC Vaslui 5-2 overall in the third qualifying round.
• Although Spartak appeared in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League, they have lost their last two qualifying ties for the group stage, going down 8-2 on aggregate to FC Dynamo Kyiv in 2008/09 and 4-3 on penalties to Celtic FC in 2007/08 after a 2-2 draw. On each occasion they failed to win their home leg. Their overall record in ties at this final stage of UEFA Champions League qualification is W3 L3.
• Fenerbahçe's record in their six ties at this stage is W4 L2 and they have won on their last two attempts – beating FK Partizan (4-3 agg) in 2008/09 and RSC Anderlecht (3-0 agg) in 2007/08.
• Spartak's only previous meetings with Turkish opposition brought a 0-0 away draw and 2-1 home win against Galatasaray AŞ in the 1993/94 UEFA Champions League group stage. Valeri Karpin, now Spartak's general manager, got the winner in that latter fixture.
• Fenerbahçe's most recent encounter with Russian opponents was a 3-1 home defeat of PFC CSKA Moskva in the group stage in December 2007 which put the Yellow Canaries in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage for the first time.
• Their first group stage encounter had finished 2-2 in Moscow with Miloš Krasić scoring against Fenerbahçe, who he joined from Juventus this summer, while another future Fenerbahçe winger, Caner Erkin, featured for the Army Men in the reverse fixture. Alex opened the scoring for Fenerbahçe in both matches against CSKA.
• While at Valencia CF, Spartak coach Unai Emery oversaw 4-0 (away) and 6-1 (home) wins against Bursaspor in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage. Emery's team at Mestalla included Mehmet Topal, who joined Fenerbahçe this summer.
• Spartak's Diniyar Bilyaletdinov played alongside Fenerbahçe's Joseph Yobo at Everton FC in 2009/10 and has faced Kuyt in Merseyside derbies against Liverpool FC and in internationals against the Netherlands, including Russia's 3-1 victory in the UEFA EURO 2008 quarter-finals.
• Kuyt and Spartak's Demy de Zeeuw (Netherlands) are international team-mates, as are Yobo and Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria).
• Emenike joined Spartak from Fenerbahçe in summer 2011 having not played a competitive game for the Istanbul club in a two-month spell after arriving from Karabükspor in May of that year.
• De Zeeuw scored past Fenerbahçe's Volkan Demirel when his AZ Alkmaar team drew 3-3 at Fenerbahçe en route to a 5-5 aggregate draw – and away goals victory – in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup round of 32. Alex and Semih Şentürk also featured for Fenerbahçe.
• Spartak's Kim Källström and Kuyt each scored in Sweden's 3-2 UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying win over the Netherlands last October, while the Swede's Olympique Lyonnais side took four points off Kuyt's Liverpool in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Fenerbahçe's Moussa Sow – a one-time colleague of Källström at Stade Rennais FC – scored home and away for LOSC Lille against CSKA in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage, including in a 2-0 victory in Moscow.
• Fenerbahçe's Miroslav Stoch struck Slovakia's goal in a 1-0 UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying success against a Russia side including substitute Bilyaletdinov in Moscow in September 2010.
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