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København in Vorskla's sights

Published: Friday 4 November 2011, 22.05CET
A first win for FC Vorskla Poltava will end FC København's hopes of progressing from Group B, while the Danish side will aim to repeat their 1-0 matchday one success against the Ukrainian club.
København in Vorskla's sights
The Vorskla dressing room ©Getty Images

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Fouls committed78
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Published: Friday 4 November 2011, 22.05CET

København in Vorskla's sights

A first win for FC Vorskla Poltava will end FC København's hopes of progressing from Group B, while the Danish side will aim to repeat their 1-0 matchday one success against the Ukrainian club.

FC Vorskla Poltava are already out of contention for a UEFA Europa League round of 32 and they will take FC København out of the Group B reckoning too if they can secure a first win in the section on matchday five.

Previous meetings
• Morten Nordstrand's penalty on 54 minutes gave København a 1-0 win when these sides met for the first time on matchday one, on the day that Vorskla goalkeeper Serhiy Dolganskiy celebrated his 37th birthday; it was the Danish club's first meeting with Ukrainian opponents in their current form.

• B 1903 København, who merged with Kjøbenhavns BK to form FCK in 1992, played FC Dynamo Kyiv in the 1973/74 UEFA Cup second round, losing 1-0 away and 2-1 at home.

• Vorskla's only previous meeting with Danish opponents came in the 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup second round; they drew 2-2 with Akademisk Boldklub in Soberg, winning the tie on away goals following a 1-1 draw in the return fixture.

Match background
• Group stage debutants Vorskla have lost both of their Group B home games, with a 3-1 loss to R. Standard de Liège on matchday four confirming that they can no longer progress to the round of 32. That result saw them lose consecutive European home games for the first time in their history.

• FCK have gone three games on the road without a win (two defeats and then a draw) since beating Shamrock Rovers FC 2-0 in Dublin in this season's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Team facts
• Vorskla attacker Roman Bezus missed matchday four through suspension but remains the most fouled player in the competition, having had 16 free-kicks awarded to him.

• Vorskla have had fewer shots on target than any other side in this season's group stage, just six; however, they have managed to score twice, meaning a third of their shots result in a goal.

• FCK have proved very efficient in attack in the group stage; they have had nine shots on target and scored four goals.

• All four of FCK's goals in Group B have come in the second half.

• Roland Nilsson replaced Ståle Solbakken as FCK boss this year, after winning the 2010 Swedish title with Malmö FF. This is his first European season as a coach, but the 116-times capped former Sweden defender has extensive European experience.

• Nilsson came up against Vorskla's Ukrainian rivals FC Karpaty Lviv in the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup first round tie; both legs ended in 1-1 draws, with Helsingborg winning 4-2 on penalties in Ukraine.

• Vorskla boss Mykola Pavlov won a Ukrainian title as Dynamo Kyiv coach in 1995/96, and guided both FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and FC Illychivets Mariupil in European games.

• Vorskla take their name from the river that runs through Poltava.

Last updated: 17/11/11 16.28CET

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