Conceding a late third goal at Valencia in the play-off first leg has ramped up the pressure as AS Monaco bid to keep alive their hopes of making it back into the UEFA Champions League this season.
• French-born Sofiane Feghouli delivered the final blow in the first leg, his 86th-minute strike completing a 3-1 win for Valencia after Mario Pašalić had briefly levelled for the visitors.
• Under Bernardino Pérez (aka Pasieguito), holders Valencia beat Gérard Banide's Monaco 5-3 on aggregate in the 1980/81 European Cup Winners' Cup first round – the sides' only previous official encounters.
• The teams also met in a friendly at London's Arsenal Stadium on 2 August 2014, drawing 2-2, with Lucas Ocampos equalising nine minutes from time for Monaco.
• Valencia last visited the Stade Louis II in 2004 when the then UEFA Cup holders overcame European champions Porto 2-1 in the UEFA Super Cup under Claudio Ranieri.
• Monaco have lost just one of their last 11 European home games at the Stade Louis II (W6 D4 L1), Arsenal – under former Monaco boss Arsène Wenger – earning a 2-0 victory in last season's UEFA Champions League round of 16.
• Valencia have lost their last two European away matches without scoring, but have yet to lose a two-legged UEFA qualifying tie.
• Monaco have lost only once in eight competitive home games against Spanish sides (W4 D3 L1), going down 1-0 to a Hristo Stoichkov strike for Barcelona in the 1993/94 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Valencia have an impressive away record in France: W4 D5 L1. They are unbeaten in nine fixtures on French soil since yielding 2-1 to Nantes on their first trip, in the semi-final of the 1979/80 European Cup Winners' Cup.
• Both teams are contesting the UEFA Champions League play-offs for the first time. Monaco featured in last term's group stage, while Valencia are looking to return to the group phase after a two-season absence.
Links and trivia
• Both clubs have Portuguese coaches – Nuno Espírito Santo for Valencia and Leonardo Jardim for Monaco – and there are plenty of other Portuguese links between them.
• Valencia's João Cancelo (2014–15), André Gomes (2012–15), Enzo Pérez (2011–15), Rodrigo Moreno (2010–15) and Monaco's Ivan Cavaleiro (2013–15), Bernardo Silva (2013–15) and Hélder Costa (2014–) previously rubbed shoulders at Benfica.
• Cancelo, Cavaleiro and Silva also reached the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final with Portugal this summer.
• One of Valencia's most celebrated successes came against French opponents: Rafael Benítez's men saw off Marseille 2-0 in the 2004 UEFA Cup final in Gothenburg.
• Valencia's Lucas Orbán (Bordeaux 2013–14) and French-born winger Sofiane Feghouli (Grenoble 2007–10) both have Ligue 1 experience, while Monaco's Fabinho (Real Madrid 2013), Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid 2010–13), Mario Pašalić (Elche 2014–15) and Jérémy Toulalan (Málaga 2011–13) have played club football in Spain.
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