Newcomers Leipzig start with Monaco task

RB Leipzig have prestigious visitors for their European debut, with French champions Monaco – semi-finalists last season – coming to town on Group G's opening night.

Leipzig are making their European debut
Leipzig are making their European debut ©AFP/Getty Images

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RB Leipzig mark their European debut with a home game against AS Monaco FC, who are hoping to repeat last season's feat of reaching the semi-finals.

• While this is a first ever match in continental competition for the German club, it is Monaco's 175th.

Match background

Leipzig
• Leipzig qualified for a first foray into European competition by finishing second in the 2016/17 Bundesliga – in what, remarkably, was their first season in the German top flight.

• Leipzig are the 12th club to represent Germany in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

• The German side are also the first team from any country to make their European debut in the group stage.

Monaco
• Monaco are embarking upon their eighth group stage campaign. Finalists in 2004, they got to the semis in 1994 and 1998.

• The French club enjoyed another memorable European season in 2016/17, knocking out Manchester City FC and Borussia Dortmund on the way to the last four. There they succumbed 4-1 on aggregate to Juventus (0-2 home, 1-2 away).

• Leonardo Jardim's men – who also claimed the French title in May – lost four of their eight away games in last season's competition, winning three and drawing the other.

• Monaco twice faced German opponents in the 2016/17 competition. They went down 3-0 at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the group stage – ending a five-match unbeaten run in Germany (W3 D2) – but won 3-2 at Dortmund in their quarter-final first leg.

• Overall, Monaco's record away to Bundesliga opponents is W4 D2 L2. Home and away, it is W9 D5 L4.

• Monaco have qualified from the UEFA Champions League group stage on their last four participations.

Coach and player links
• Guido Carrillo scored in Monaco's 3-1 first-leg success over Yvon Mvogo's BSC Young Boys in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

• Fabinho scored in Monaco's 2-0 Ligue 1 win against a Paris side including Jean-Kévin Augustin in March 2016.

• Portugal's João Moutinho was player of the match in a 0-0 draw with Stefan Ilsanker's Austria in the UEFA EURO 2016 group stage.

• On 8 October 2016, Yussuf Poulsen and Poland's Kamil Glik (own goal) both scored for Denmark in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier – but Poland still prevailed 3-2.

• International team-mates:
Bruma & Rony Lopes (Portugal Under-21)

• Have played in France:
Jean-Kévin Augustin (Paris Saint-Germain, 2009–15)
Naby Keïta (FC Istres, 2013/14)
Dayot Upamecano (Valenciennes FC, 2014/15)

• Has played in Germany:
Diego Benaglio (VfB Stuttgart, 2002–05; VfL Wolfsburg, 2007–17)

Match facts

Leipzig
• Leipzig won 5-0 away to sixth-tier Sportfreunde Dorfmerkingen on 13 August in the German Cup first round. They will host FC Bayern München in the last 32 on 25 October.

• Six days later Leipzig lost 2-0 at FC Schalke 04 in their Bundesliga opener. Bruma scored his first goal for the club in the 4-1 defeat of SC Freiburg next time out.

• Timo Werner has registered seven goals in six appearances for club and country this season. Three of those goals came in the European Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup – he opened the scoring in Germany's 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic on 1 September and added two more as Norway were beaten 6-0 three days later.

• Werner finished with a tournament-leading three goals as Germany won the FIFA Confederations Cup in the summer.

• Emil Forsberg was on target for Sweden in their 4-0 success against Belarus on 3 September. Three days earlier he had a penalty saved in the Blågult's 3-2 loss to Bulgaria.

• Marcel Sabitzer (calf) left the Austria squad after their 1-0 defeat in Wales on 2 September and missed the subsequent game against Georgia.

• Poulsen (thigh) has not played since the opening day of the season, although he has resumed full training.

Monaco
• Monaco's run of 16 top-flight wins – a Ligue 1 record – came to an end on Saturday as they went down 4-0 at OGC Nice. Jardim's team equalled the previous best sequence, the 14 successive victories managed by FC Girondins de Bordeaux in 2009, when they defeated Dijon FCO 4-1 on 13 August.

• Monaco also lost 4-0 away to Nice at the beginning of last season before recovering to win the title.

• Radamel Falcao has scored eight goals for club and country this season, three of them coming against Dijon.

• Thomas Lemar struck twice, his first international goals, in France's 4-0 win against the Netherlands on 31 August.