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Bordeaux bid to overturn Benfica deficit

Published: Friday 8 March 2013, 2.05CET
FC Girondins de Bordeaux will look to knock SL Benfica out of Europe for a second time as they go into the home leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie 1-0 down.
Bordeaux bid to overturn Benfica deficit
Bordeaux's Julien Faubert takes on Benfica's André Almeida ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Friday 8 March 2013, 2.05CET

Bordeaux bid to overturn Benfica deficit

FC Girondins de Bordeaux will look to knock SL Benfica out of Europe for a second time as they go into the home leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie 1-0 down.

FC Girondins de Bordeaux will look to secure a second home win against SL Benfica as they aim to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the Lisbon leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie.

• Cédric Carrasso's 21st-minute own goal decided the first leg in Portugal, the goalkeeper having the misfortune to deflect the ball into his own net after Rodrigo's effort bounced off the crossbar.

Previous meetings
• Aimé Jacquet's Bordeaux eliminated John Mortimore's Benfica in the second round of the 1986/87 European Cup Winners' Cup in the sides' only previous official meeting; the teams drew 1-1 in Lisbon, with Philippe Vercruysse (44) scoring the only goal in France to win the tie 2-1 on aggregate.

• The teams in Lisbon on 22 October 1986 were:
Benfica: Silvino, António Veloso, António Oliveira (Wando 62), Álvaro, Dito, Carlos Manuel, Adelino Nunes, Manniche (Chiquinho 46), Rui Águas, Shéu, Diamantino.
Bordeaux: Dropsy, Thouvenel, Zoran Vujović, Specht, Battiston, Girard, Roche, Tigana, Vercruysse, Ferreri, Zlatko Vujović.

• The teams at the Stade Chaban-Delmas on 5 November 1986 were:
Bordeaux: Dropsy, Thouvenel, Zoran Vujović, Specht, Battiston, Girard, Rohr, Tigana, Ferreri (Roche 60), Vercruysse, Zlatko Vujović.
Benfica: Silvino, António Veloso, António Oliveira, Álvaro, Dito, Carlos Manuel, Wando (Živković 67), Adelino Nunes, Rui Águas, Shéu (Chiquinho 52), Diamantino.

Match background
• Bordeaux's record in five UEFA games against Portuguese sides stands at W2 D2 L1 (W2 D0 L0 at home). They also played four matches against Liga clubs in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup – the non-UEFA affiliated precursor to the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League – with the record W1 D0 L3 (W0 D0 L2 in France).

• Benfica's 23 fixtures against French sides have ended W11 D6 L6 (W3 D2 L6 in France). They have won all three of their previous UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League round of 16 ties against Ligue 1 opposition.

• Bordeaux are unbeaten in 13 matches at home (W11 D2) in Europe since a 3-1 loss to AS Roma in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League group stage. They have won their last ten European home games, and have not conceded in four since the start of this season's UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Benfica are unbeaten in six European games, and have not conceded in their last two European games on the road.

• Bordeaux reached the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, but have not made it to the last 16 of this competition since 2003/04, when they beat Club Brugge KV en route to a last-eight exit against Valencia CF.

Team facts
• Bordeaux's biggest success in any major UEFA competition came when they reached the 1995/96 UEFA Cup final, where they lost 5-1 on aggregate to FC Bayern München.

• Bordeaux's next goal will be their 250th in UEFA club competition.

• The round of 16 features teams from 11 UEFA member associations; eight nations have a single representative, with England and Russia both taking three teams through and Italy two.

• Bordeaux coach Francis Gillot was a defender who spent the bulk of his playing career at RC Lens. He coached at the FC Sochaux-Montbéliard academy before returning to Lens to take joint charge and then sole command of the first team in January 2005. Subsequent spells with Sochaux and, since 2011, Bordeaux have cemented his reputation as a straight-talking coach with a penchant for attacking football.

• Jorge Jesus started his career as a midfielder at Sporting Clube de Portugal, and played for a number of smaller sides, hanging up his boots in 1989. He worked his way up the leagues as a coach, with successful spells at CF Os Belenenses and SC Braga – who he led to the 2008/09 UEFA Europa League round of 16 – heralding a move to Benfica. In 2009/10, he won the Portuguese title in his first season with the Eagles.

Penalty shoot-outs
• Bordeaux's shoot-out record in UEFA club competition is:
5-3 v FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, 1984/85 European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-finals
5-6 VfB Leipzig, 1986/87 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals

• Benfica's shoot-out record in UEFA club competition is:
5-6 v PSV Eindhoven, 1987/88 European Champion Clubs' Cup final
4-1 v PAOK FC, 1999/2000 UEFA Cup second round

Last updated: 11/03/13 14.43CET

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