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CFR bid to bow out on a high

Published: Friday 4 December 2009, 1.22CET
The game is up for CFR 1907 Cluj as they take on section winners PSV Eindhoven in their final Group K match trying to end a four-game UEFA Europa League losing streak.

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Tournament statistics

CFR ClujPSV

Goals scored4
 
11
Attempts on target67
 
68
Attempts off target0
1
Corners30
 
48
Offsides11
 
23
Fouls committed104
 
129
Yellow cards19
 
19
Red cards2
 
1

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Published: Friday 4 December 2009, 1.22CET

CFR bid to bow out on a high

The game is up for CFR 1907 Cluj as they take on section winners PSV Eindhoven in their final Group K match trying to end a four-game UEFA Europa League losing streak.

The game is up for CFR 1907 Cluj as they take on section winners PSV Eindhoven in their final Group K game bidding to end a four-match UEFA Europa League losing streak.

• CFR's fate was sealed when they lost 2-0 at FC København on Matchday 5, while PSV's 1-0 win against AC Sparta Praha on the same night confirmed that they would be seeded in Friday's round of 32 draw as winners of the group.

Previous meetings
• PSV earned a 1-0 victory when the sides met for the first time on Matchday 2, with CFR facing Dutch opponents for the first time. PSV have been to Romania twice before, recording a 3-0 win and then a 1-0 loss against FC Steaua Bucureşti.

Match background
• Having appeared in the five most recent UEFA Champions League group-stage campaigns, PSV never played in the equivalent phase of the UEFA Cup. CFR did not appear in the UEFA Cup group stage but did feature in last season's UEFA Champions League, triumphing 2-1 at AS Roma on Matchday 1 before finishing bottom of their section.

• CFR have won five of their home games in European competition, while AS Saint-Etienne, RC Lens and Chelsea FC were all held to draws in Cluj.

• PSV have not lost in four away contests, with two 1-0 wins in qualifying promptly followed by two draws in the group stage. Of their nine European fixtures this season, seven have ended in 1-0 victories.

Team facts
• Back in the Netherlands after a one-season absence, PSV coach Fred Rutten spent his entire playing career and much of his time as a trainer at FC Twente. He previously worked at PSV with the youth team and as assistant to Guus Hiddink in his second spell at the club, from 2002 to 2006.

• CFR – the intials stand for Căile Ferate Române, Romania's national railway – changed their coach on 15 November. António Conceição, who was appointed in April and led CFR to Romanian Cup success last season, was replaced by former FC Internazionale Milano player Andrea Mandorlini.

• The 49-year-old had been coaching in Italy since 1993, most notably guiding Atalanta BC to promotion to Serie A in 2003/04. As a player, he did not come up against Dutch opposition.

• There is no No12 on the PSV squad list, with that number being reserved for the club's fans – De Twaalfde Man ('The Twelfth Man').

• CFR's 2-0 Matchday 5 loss at København matched their heaviest margin of defeat away from home in UEFA club competition.

• PSV's Bulgarian wing-back Stanislav Manolev celebrates his 24th birthday on the day of the match against CFR.

Last updated: 27/11/12 3.53CET

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