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Austria Wien - Dinamo Zagreb
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Austria scent historic qualification

Published: Thursday 22 August 2013, 9.45CET
FK Austria Wien can smell the UEFA Champions League group stage entering their home second leg against GNK Dinamo Zagreb, who trail 2-0 and have never won on Austrian soil.
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Published: Thursday 22 August 2013, 9.45CET

Austria scent historic qualification

FK Austria Wien can smell the UEFA Champions League group stage entering their home second leg against GNK Dinamo Zagreb, who trail 2-0 and have never won on Austrian soil.

FK Austria Wien will look to take the final step towards a UEFA Champions League group stage debut when they host GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

• The Austrian title holders are strongly placed to progress after winning the first leg of the play-off tie 2-0 in Zagreb through goals from Marin Leovac (68) and Marko Stankovic (75) in a match where Krunoslav Jurčić's Dinamo lost substitute Ante Rukavina to a red card.

• The defeat proved the end for Jurčić, who was dismissed after the game. His assistant Damir Krznar will take charge of the side on a temporary basis until a permanent successor is found.

• Dinamo have reached the UEFA Champions League group stage four times, most recently in 2011/12 and 2012/13, but their hopes of a hat-trick of consecutive appearances rest on producing a dramatic turnaround in Austria, where they have never won.

Match background
• European Champion Clubs' Cup semi-finalists in 1979, Austria have never competed in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. They lost in the third qualifying round to SL Benfica in 2006/07 and Olympique de Marseille in 2003/04. They also came close in the first two seasons of the revamped competition, losing second-round ties to Club Brugge KV in 1992/93 and FC Barcelona a year later.

• The Vienna club have not surrendered a two-goal lead in Europe for more than 50 years. The only time they let such a favourable position slip was in the 1960/61 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals when they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2-0 at home but lost 5-0 in England.

• The Austrian club have progressed on the five occasions they won the first leg of a UEFA competition tie away from home – albeit they twice lost the second leg in Vienna, against K. Sint Truidense VV in the 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup third round (2-0 a, 1-2 h), and Galatasaray AŞ in the 1982/83 European Cup Winners' Cup second round (4-2 a, 0-1 h)

• Austria have yet to concede a goal in the current qualifying campaign, having beaten FH Hafnarfjördur 1-0 on aggregate in the third qualifying round prior to their 2-0 success in Zagreb.

• However, Dinamo have won their last four UEFA Champions League away qualifiers, including handsome victories at CS Fola Esch (5-0) and FC Sheriff (3-0) this summer.

• The Croatian champions have overturned a two-goal deficit three times in UEFA competition but in each case when playing the second leg at home. The most recent example came in the 1977/78 UEFA Cup first round when they bounced back from a 3-1 defeat at Olympiacos FC with a 5-1 home victory.

• Dinamo's biggest ever comeback came en route to winning the 1966/67 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup when they lost their semi-final first leg 3-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt but triumphed 4-0 in the return.

• On the three previous occasions they suffered a two-goal first-leg defeat in Zagreb, Dinamo went on to lose the tie – against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the 2003/04 UEFA Cup second round (0-2 h, 1-1 a), VfB Stuttgart in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup second round (1-3 h, 1-1 a) and FC Schalke 04 in the 1969/70 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals (1-3 h, 0-1 a).

• Dinamo's record in Austria is W0 D3 L2. Their most recent trip was in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League qualifying round when they drew 1-1 at FC Salzburg before succumbing 2-1 at home. From the current squad, Sammir is the only survivor.

• Dinamo's only previous visit to Vienna brought a 0-0 draw with SK Rapid Wien in the 1971/72 UEFA Cup second round – a result that ensured their elimination on away goals following a 2-2 first-leg draw in Zagreb.

• Austria's only previous tie against Croatian opposition was a 2-2 aggregate draw with HNK Hajduk Split in the 1977/78 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals. Austria won on penalties en route to a a final defeat against RSC Anderlecht.

• Austria's record in penalty shoot-outs in UEFA competition is:
3-0 v HNK Hajduk Split, 1977/78 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals
5-4 v FC Dinamo Moskva, 1977/78 European Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals

• Dinamo's record is:
5-6 v FC Sheriff, 2010/11 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round

Team ties
• Austria's Croatian coach Nenad Bjelica appeared at UEFA EURO 2004, retiring from international football the same year having won nine caps.

• Bjelica played in an Austro-Croatian tie between NK Osijek and SK Rapid Wien in the 2000/01 UEFA Cup second round. He struck both goals in Osijek's 2-1 home win and another in a 2-0 away success.

• Austria's squad includes two Croatians in reserve goalkeeper Ivan Kardum and defender Kaja Rogulj. With NK Slaven Belupo (2008-11), Rogulj made six appearances against Dinamo, drawing one and losing five. Kardum, playing for Osijek (2006-11), lost all five of his games against the Zagreb outfit.

• With Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Junior Fernándes enjoyed success against Rapid Wien in last season's UEFA Europa League group stage, appearing in a 4-0 away victory and a 3-0 home triumph.

• Roman Kienast was an Austria substitute in their 1-0 defeat by Josip Šimunić’s Croatia in their opening group game at UEFA EURO 2008. Šimunić also featured when Croatia earned another 1-0 win over an Austria side including Manuel Ortlechner in a May 2010 friendly.

• Zvonko Pamić had a spell in Grazer AK's youth team.

• Austria defender Leovac holds dual Austrian and Croatian citizenship.

Last updated: 05/09/13 11.53CET

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