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Lech rage against the dying of the light

Published: Sunday 23 November 2008, 21.45CET
KKS Lech Poznań know defeat at home against RC Deportivo La Coruña will quite likely mean the end of their UEFA Cup campaign, and will be determined to continue their fine goalscoring form at the Miejski Stadium.
Lech rage against the dying of the light
Robert Lewandowski in action for Lech ©Getty Images

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Goals scored13
 
8
Attempts on target36
 
25
Attempts off target31
 
29
Corners32
 
36
Offsides8
 
14
Fouls committed56
 
54
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20
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Published: Sunday 23 November 2008, 21.45CET

Lech rage against the dying of the light

KKS Lech Poznań know defeat at home against RC Deportivo La Coruña will quite likely mean the end of their UEFA Cup campaign, and will be determined to continue their fine goalscoring form at the Miejski Stadium.

KKS Lech Poznań know that defeat at home against RC Deportivo La Coruña will quite likely mean the end of their UEFA Cup campaign, and will be determined to continue their fine goalscoring form at the Miejski Stadium on Matchday 4.

• Lech lost 2-1 at PFC CSKA Moskva on 27 November, a result that confirmed the Russian side's passage to the last 32. They visit Feyenoord in the last set of group-stage fixtures, and would dearly love to do so with a few more points on the board.

• Deportivo beat the Rotterdam side 3-0 on Matchday 3 to dispel the memories of their opening loss by the same margin at CSKA. Should they beat Lech, they will be sure of a place in the last 16.

• Lech have never come up against Deportivo in either of their previous incarnations.

• The Polish side were previously known as KS Amica Wronki, but they changed their name and moved to Poznan in May 2006, with the club that had been playing as Lech Poznań being dissolved.

• The original Lech played four games against Spanish sides, with their record reading W1 D2 L1. Their home games ended in a win and a draw.

• Amica also played Liga teams four times, but lost all four games, home and away.

• Lech coach Franciszek Smuda last faced Spanish opposition in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League when his Wisła Kraków side lost 4-3 at home and 1-0 away against FC Barcelona in the third qualifying round.

• His RTS Widzew Łódź outfit fared no better against Club Atlético de Madrid in the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League group stage, losing 4-1 at home and 1-0 in Spain.

• Smuda is thus looking to avoid defeat against Spanish opponents for the first time.

• Deportivo coach Miguel Ángel Lotina is awaiting his first competitive game against a Polish side.

• Lech are unbeaten in four home games in Europe this season, and have been on impressive goalscoring form at the Miejski Stadium, scoring 16 times in the course of those matches.

• Deportivo have lost their last two UEFA Cup away games without scoring a goal.

• Lech's Manuel Arboleda, Sławomir Peszko and Zlatko Tanevski are all within a booking of a one-match ban along with Deportivo's Andres Guardado and Alberto Lopo.

• AS Nancy-Lorraine play CSKA in Thursday's other Group H game. Feyenoord are the only side in the section not in action on Matchday 4.

• The draw for the UEFA Cup Round of 32 and Round of 16 will be held at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon on Friday 19 December at 13.00CET. Group winners will be paired with third-placed sides from other UEFA Cup sections, while second-placed finishers will be drawn against one of the eight clubs who finished third in the UEFA Champions League groups. The UEFA Cup group winners and runners-up will play the second leg at home. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

Last updated: 02/12/08 9.56CET

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