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PSG ready to defend top spot at Dortmund

Published: Friday 1 October 2010, 1.19CET
Yet to lose at home against a French side, Borussia Dortmund will try to join visitors Paris Saint-Germain FC on six points when the Group J leaders come calling in the UEFA Europa League.
PSG ready to defend top spot at Dortmund
Dortmund may have lost on Matchday 2, but they are still well in the hunt in Group J ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

DortmundPSG

Goals scored10
 
13
Attempts on target38
 
49
Attempts off target54
 
62
Corners23
 
48
Offsides15
 
34
Fouls committed74
 
120
Yellow cards10
 
23
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Friday 1 October 2010, 1.19CET

PSG ready to defend top spot at Dortmund

Yet to lose at home against a French side, Borussia Dortmund will try to join visitors Paris Saint-Germain FC on six points when the Group J leaders come calling in the UEFA Europa League.

Yet to lose at home against a French side, Borussia Dortmund will attempt to join visitors Paris Saint-Germain FC on six points when the Group J leaders come calling in the UEFA Europa League.

Previous meetings
• The sides are meeting for the first time in UEFA club competition.

• Dortmund's ten previous games against French opponents ended W4 D3 L3 (W3 D2 L0 at home).

• PSG's nine meetings with German opponents ended W6 D0 L3 (W2 D0 L3 in Germany).

Match background
• Dortmund have won only one of their last six European home games, beating Azerbaijan's FK Qarabağ in this season's UEFA Europa League play-offs.

• PSG won both of their opening Group J games without conceding a goal. Starting with a 3-1 win at VfL Wolfsburg in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 32, they have won three of their last five European away fixtures.

Team facts
• Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp started his career as a striker, converting to a defender midway through an 11-year playing spell at 1. FSV Mainz 05. Moving from the pitch to the bench in 2001, he led Mainz to the top division in Germany – and into European competition – for the first time, but stepped down at the end of the 2007/08 campaign to replace Thomas Doll as Dortmund coach.

• Antoine Kombouaré was hired as PSG coach in May 2009, finishing his first full season by leading his charges to success in the 2009/10 French Cup. Initially a defender for FC Nantes, the New Caledonian-born player represented PSG from 1990 to 1995, winning a league title, two French Cups and a League Cup before moving on to FC Sion and later Aberdeen FC. PSG's reserve coach for a while, he took the reins at RC Strasbourg and then Valenciennes FC before returning to his old club.

• Dortmund's French striker Damien Le Tallec – the younger brother of AJ Auxerre forward Anthony Le Tallec – was a trainee at AC Le Havre and Stade Rennais FC, but moved to Germany in summer 2009.

Last updated: 05/04/11 18.09CET

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