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Pressure on Anji as Tromsø journey south

Published: Monday 7 October 2013, 2.00CET
FC Anji Makhachkala will look to ensure that Russian sides retain their perfect home record against Norwegian opponents as Tromsø IL head south in UEFA Europa League Group K.
Pressure on Anji as Tromsø journey south
Odil Ahmedov (in yellow) in action for Anji ©AFP/Getty Images

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Goals scored6
Possession (%)46
Total attempts102
on target27
off target61
against woodwork2
Yellow cards24
Red Cards3
Fouls committed124
Fouls suffered137

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Published: Monday 7 October 2013, 2.00CET

Pressure on Anji as Tromsø journey south

FC Anji Makhachkala will look to ensure that Russian sides retain their perfect home record against Norwegian opponents as Tromsø IL head south in UEFA Europa League Group K.

FC Anji Makhachkala will look to end a worrying barren run in front of goal as they take on Tromsø IL in UEFA Europa League Group K.

Previous meetings
• The clubs are meeting for the first time. It is Anji's first meeting with a Norwegian club and Tromsø's first competitive engagement with Russian opposition.

• Russian sides have had the better of the 19 UEFA club competition encounters between clubs representing the two nations, with the record W13 D2 L4.

• The Russian clubs have won the last seven encounters with Norwegian sides, and all nine games between Russian and Norwegian sides in Russia have ended in home wins.

• There has already been a Russia v Norway encounter in this season's UEFA Europa League, with FC Rubin Kazan defeating Molde FK 5-0 on aggregate in the play-offs.

Match background
• Anji's 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur FC on matchday two was their most substantial European home defeat to date, and indeed their first in Russia, with their only previous home reverse a 1-0 2001/02 UEFA Cup first round against Rangers FC played in Warsaw because of the unstable political situation in the North Caucasus.

• Anji have now gone four games without scoring a European goal, and five games (D3 L2) without a continental victory.

• Anji made it through the UEFA Europa League group stage at the first attempt under Guus Hiddink last season, losing out to Newcastle in the round of 16.

• Tromsø have lost their last four European away games without scoring.

• Tromsø reached the 2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage, but finished bottom of their section with a win and three defeats.

• Tromsø lost 3-2 on aggregate to Beşiktaş JK in the play-offs but were handed a group stage place after the Istanbul side were excluded from the competition.

Team facts
• Tromsø managed only one shot on target in the first two UEFA Europa League matchdays – fortunately it was enough to get them a goal and a point – in a 1-1 draw against FC Sheriff on matchday two.

• Anji are one of four sides yet to score in this season's UEFA Europa League group stage, along with Legia Warszawa, APOEL FC and SV Zulte Waregem

• Tromsø are the only side in the group stage to have made it through all the way from the first qualifying round.

• Based inside the Arctic Circle, Tromsø are the most northerly side in the group stage – 4,299km separates them from the southernmost representatives, Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC.

• Around 3,400km separates Tromsø and Anji's home cities, though the Norwegian club have a less daunting trip to take on their Russian opponents, with Anji playing their European home games in Ramenskoye – a mere 1,800km away.

• Anji boast a Norwegian international in 18-times-capped centre-back Vadim Demidov; born in Riga, Latvia, he moved to Norway with his father, handball star Sergei Demidov, and played for Sandefjord Fotball, Hønefoss BK and Rosenborg BK before heading abroad.

Coach information
• A major footballing figure in his native Dagestan, Gadzhi Gadzhiev returned for a fourth spell as Anji coach in the summer of 2013 with the club adopting a new approach following the departure of Dutchman Guus Hiddink. A player for FC Spartak Leningrad, he has coached in Azerbaijan and Japan, and worked as assistant to Anatoliy Byshovets during his spells in charge of the USSR/CIS and Russia, embarking on the first of his adventures with Anji in 1999.

• Tromsø dismissed coach Agnar Christensen ahead of matchday two after a 3-2 league defeat at home against IK Start left them in relegation danger in Norway.

• Steinar Nilsen has taken temporary command at Tromsø after serving as Christensen's assistant. Born in the city, the twice-capped 41-year-old defender served Tromsø in two spells as a player, either side of five years in Italy with AC Milan and SSC Napoli. This is his third spell as the club's coach – he notably led them into the 2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage in his first period in charge.

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