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UEFA Champions League: FC Midtjylland - Atalanta BC Match press kits

UEFA Champions League - 2020/21 SeasonMatch press kits

FC MidtjyllandFC MidtjyllandArena Herning - HerningWednesday 21 October 2020
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Group D - Matchday 1
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams

FC Midtjylland - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Europa League
05/11/2015GSSSC Napoli - FC Midtjylland5-0
NaplesEl Kaddouri 13, Gabbiadini 23, 38, Maggio 54, Callejón 77
22/10/2015GSFC Midtjylland - SSC Napoli1-4
HerningPušić 43; Callejón 19, Gabbiadini 31, 40, Higuaín 90+4

Atalanta BC - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Europa League
30/08/2018POF.C. Copenhagen - Atalanta BC0-0
agg: 0-0 (aet, 4-3 pens)
23/08/2018POAtalanta BC - F.C. Copenhagen0-0Reggio Emilia
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Atalanta BC101010100000202000

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Match background Only this chapter

Midtjylland's first game in the UEFA Champions League group stage pits them against Atalanta, who made a significant impact on their own competition debut last season.

• While the Danish side successfully negotiated qualifying this summer at the third time of asking, Atalanta will be eager to build on a remarkable first European Cup campaign that took them as far as the quarter-finals and a dramatic late defeat.

• This opening Group D fixture is the first game between the sides, but each has unpleasant memories of their sole previous engagement against a club from their opponents' country.

Form guide
• Midtjylland are the fifth Danish club to take part in the UEFA Champions League group stage, and the first since Copenhagen in 2016/17.

• Their only previous experience of a European group stage was in 2015/16, when they finished runners-up in their UEFA Europa League section before losing in the round of 32 to Manchester United.

• Champions of Denmark for the third time in 2019/20 – all those titles coming in the last six seasons – Midtjylland have already made history in 2020/21; they had never previously won more than one UEFA Champions League tie in a season.

• Midtjylland were 1-0 winners at Ludogorets in this season's one-off second qualifying round tie before a 3-0 home defeat of Swiss side Young Boys in the next stage. They then got the better of Slavia Praha in the two-legged play-offs (0-0 a, 4-1 h), three of their second-leg goals coming from the 84th minute onwards.

• The club's two previous forays into the UEFA Champions League both proved short-lived. In their 2015/16 debut they won both legs against Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar in the second qualifying round (1-0 h, 2-0 a) before being eliminated by APOEL on away goals in the next stage (1-2 h, 1-0 a); in 2018/19 they lost 2-1 at Kazakhstan's Astana in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie, going out by the same aggregate scoreline.

• This season's successes mean Midtjylland have won six of their ten UEFA Champions League qualifying matches (D2 L2). The second-leg defeat of Slavia was the first time they had won without keeping a clean sheet, and was the only European game in which they have conceded this term.

• In 2019/20 Ulvene played only one European tie, going down 7-3 to Scottish side Rangers in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round (2-4 h, 1-3 a).

• The Danish side were four European games without a win (D1 L3), losing three in a row, before this season's successes.

• Midtjylland have won their last two home European matches having managed one victory in the previous five (D2 L2).

• Midtjylland are one of four teams making their group stage debut in 2020/21; Krasnodar, Rennes (both Group E), and İstanbul Başakşehir (H) are the others.

• The Danish side's only previous meetings with an Italian club proved a chastening experience, Midtjylland shipping nine goals against Napoli in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stage (1-4 h, 0-5 a). Mikkel Andersen was in goal for both matches, with Erik Sviatchenko playing every minute of the tie and Awer Mabil coming on in the home defeat. Pione Sisto was a second-half substitute in Naples.

• Debutants in 2019/20, this is Atalanta's second succesive UEFA Champions League appearance after they finished third in Serie A last season.

• Initially it appeared as if the Bergamo club's first taste of the competition would prove brief, Atalanta losing their first three UEFA Champions League matches, against Dinamo Zagreb (0-4 a), Shakhtar Donetsk (1-2 h) and Manchester City (1-5 a). However, a point at home against City on Matchday 4 proved the catalyst for a remarkable revival, the Italian side beating Dinamo 2-0 at home and Shakhtar 3-0 away to snatch second place in the group behind City.

• Even better was to follow in the round of 16, Atalanta beating Valencia 4-1 at home and 4-3 away with Josip Iličić becoming the first player to score four times in a UEFA Champions League knockout match in the latter fixture.

• Atalanta looked set to continue their magical run thanks to Mario Pašalić's first-half goal in their quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, but the French side struck twice in the closing moments to end their adventure.

• Defeat by Paris in Lisbon ended Atalanta's club record four-match winning streak in Europe.

• The Italian club have lost only five of their last 23 European games (W11 D7).

• This is Atalanta's 45th European match, and their eighth campaign in continental competition. They reached the European Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals in 1987/88 and the UEFA Cup quarter-finals three years later.

• Atalanta drew their only previous games against Danish opponents, sharing two goalless draws with Copenhagen in the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League play-offs before bowing out on penalties after a 4-3 shoot-out defeat with Alejandro Gómez one of two Atalanta players to fail from the spot. Marten de Roon had converted Atalanta's first penalty.

Links and trivia
• Daniel Høegh and Sam Lammers were team-mates at Heerenveen in 2018/19.

• Sviatchenko played against Atalanta at Under-19 level in 2009, Midtjylland running out 1-0 winners in the group stage of the Torneo di Viareggio.

Latest news

Summer transfers
In: Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Daniel Høegh (Heerenveen), Luca Pfeiffer (Würzburger Kickers)
Out: Kaan Kairinen (Lillestrøm, loan), Zsolt Korcsmár (released), Tim Sparv (Larissa), Nikolaj Kirk (Aarhus Fremad), Casper Tengstedt (Horsens, loan), Marc Dal Hende (SønderjyskE), Elias Rafn Ólafsson (Fredericia), Christian Tue Jensen (Fredericia, loan), Sebastian Buch (Skive, loan), Tobias Anker (Fredericia, loan), Søren Reese (Zagłębie Lubin, loan), Mayron George (Kalmar, loan), Artem Dovbyk (Dnipro), Henry Uzochokwu (Fredericia), Victor Torp (Lyngby, loan), Rasmus Nicolaisen (Portsmouth, loan), Ayo Simon Okosun (OB)

• Midtjylland have won six of their nine matches this season in all competitions, losing only one. They were 3-1 victors at home to OB on Saturday.

• The Danish champions lost their first league game of 2020/21, 2-0 at SønderjyskE on 11 September, but have picked up ten points from the next four (W3 D1).

• Midtjylland have won all five home games this season in all competitions.

• Frank Onyeka made his Nigeria debut in a 1-0 friendly loss to Algeria on 9 October.

• Sory Kaba scored Guinea's first goal in a 2-1 friendly win against Cape Verde on 10 October.

• Anders Dreyer had to pull out of Denmark's Under-21 squad due to injury but played 90 minutes against OB at the weekend, scoring Midtjylland's second goal.

Summer transfers
In: Mario Pašalić (Chelsea), Aleksei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moskva), Sam Lammers (PSV Eindhoven), Simone Muratore (Juventus), Cristian Romero (Juventus, loan), Johan Mojica (Girona, loan), Cristiano Piccini (Valencia, loan), Fabio Depaoli (Sampdoria, loan)
Out: Timothy Castagne (Leicester), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Etrit Berisha (SPAL), Ebrima Colley (Verona, loan), Marco D'Alessandro (SPAL), Simone Muratore (Reggiana, loan), Lennart Czyborra (Genoa, loan)

• Atalanta started the new Serie season with three consecutive wins, scoring 13 goals in defeating Torino (4-2), Lazio (4-1) and Cagliari (5-2), but were beaten 4-1 at Napoli on Saturday.

• New signing Lammers scored his first Atalanta goal against Cagliari on 4 October and was also on target on Saturday.

• Alejandro Gómez scored in each of the first three games, four goals in total.

• Defender Mattia Caldara is likely to be sidelined until the new year after undergoing knee surgery in early October.

• Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini is recovering from a knee injury; he has not played since 1 August.

• Matteo Pessina has not played since 2 August due to an injury to his left knee.

• Summer signing Piccini is out with a recurrent knee injury.

• Aleksei Miranchuk is yet to make his Atalanta debut due to a thigh injury, although he was an unused substitute at Napoli.

• Ruslan Malinovskyi scored a penalty in Ukraine's 2-1 UEFA Nations League defeat against Germany on 10 October.

• Duván Zapata and Luis Muriel (two) scored Colombia's goals in a 3-0 defeat of Venezuela in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying on 10 October.

• Remo Freuler scored for Switzerland in a 3-3 UEFA Nations League draw away to Germany on 13 October.

• Gómez was included in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League squad of the season.

• Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini finished fifth in the ranking for the UEFA Men's Coach of the Year award.


Squad list Only this chapter

FC Midtjylland - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Jesper HansenDEN31/03/198535 - 4---5-6-36-
16Valdemar ThorsenDEN17/03/200119 - ----------
30Oliver OttesenDEN22/08/199822 - ----------
31Mikkel AndersenDEN17/12/198831 - --------17-
2Dion CoolsBEL04/06/199624 - ----4-6-121
5Daniel HøeghDEN06/01/199129 - --------13-
6Joel AnderssonSWE11/11/199623 - 4---2---12-
14Alexander ScholzDEN24/10/199227 - 41--4---231
18Kristian RiisDEN17/02/199723 - --------51
25Manjrekar JamesCAN05/08/199327 - ----3-----
27Oliver OlsenDEN13/08/200020 - ----------
28Erik SviatchenkoDEN04/10/199129 - 4---3-6-341
29PaulinhoBRA03/01/199525 - 4---4---4-
46Japhet SeryDEN10/04/200020 - ----1-----
50Hosine BilityAUS10/05/200119 - ----------
7Pione SistoDEN04/02/199525 - 3---52--3610
10EvanderBRA09/06/199822 - 3---5---51
11Awer MabilAUS15/09/199525 - 41--5---131
15Bozhidar KraevBUL23/06/199723 - 3---41--71
24Oliver SørensenDEN10/03/200218 - ----------
34Mikael AndersonISL01/07/199822 - 3---3---5-
36Anders DreyerDEN02/05/199822 - 42--42--42
38Frank OnyekaNGA01/01/199822 - 41--1---112
40Jens-Lys CajusteSWE10/08/199921 - 4---4---6-
43Nicolas MadsenDEN17/03/200020 - ----4-----
44Nikolas DyhrDEN18/06/200119 - ----2-----
45Gustav IsaksenDEN19/04/200119 - ----2-----
48Mads HansenDEN28/07/200218 - ----------
9Sory KabaGUI28/07/199525 - 41--41--62
26Lasse VibeDEN22/02/198733 - ----2---92
33Luca PfeifferGER20/08/199624 - ----------
58Aral SimsirDEN19/06/200218 - ----------
74Júnior BrumadoBRA15/05/199921 - 31--41--41
89Ronnie SchwartzDEN29/08/198931 - --------7-
-Brian PriskeDEN14/05/197743 - 4-------6-
Atalanta BC - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
24Marco CarnesecchiITA01/07/200020 - ----------
31Francesco RossiITA27/04/199129 - ----------
57Marco SportielloITA10/05/199228 - ----4-2-2-
95Pierluigi GolliniITA18/03/199525 - ------7-11-
2Rafael TolóiITA10/10/199030 - ----3-7-172
6José Luis PalominoBUL05/01/199030 - ----4-12-281
8Robin GosensGER05/07/199426 - ----4181182
13Mattia CaldaraITA05/05/199426 - ----1-3-12-
17Cristian RomeroARG27/04/199822 - ----3-----
19Berat DjimsitiALB19/02/199327 - ----3-6-181
21Cristiano PicciniITA26/09/199228 - ------8-18-
26Johan MojicaCOL21/08/199228 - ----4-----
33Hans HateboerNED09/01/199426 - ----3292293
40Matteo RuggeriITA11/07/200218 - ----------
11Remo FreulerSUI15/04/199228 - ----3-81232
15Marten de RoonNED29/03/199129 - ----419-261
18Ruslan MalinovskyiUKR04/05/199327 - ----4-913511
27Fabio DepaoliITA24/04/199723 - ----1-----
32Matteo PessinaITA21/04/199723 - --------5-
59Aleksei MiranchukRUS17/10/199525 - ------102254
72Josip IličićSVN29/01/198832 - ----1-754820
88Mario PašalićCRO09/02/199525 - ----41153326
7Sam LammersNED30/04/199723 - ----42--21
9Luis MurielCOL16/04/199129 - ----42141307
10Alejandro GómezITA15/02/198832 - ----4491225
79Amad TraoreCIV11/07/200218 - ----------
91Duván ZapataCOL01/04/199129 - ----4182257
-Gian Piero GasperiniITA26/01/195862 - ------10-32-

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeArtur Dias (POR)
  • Assistant refereesRui Tavares (POR) , Paulo Soares (POR)
  • Video Assistant RefereeTiago Martins (POR)
  • Fourth officialJoão Pinheiro (POR)
  • Assistant Video Assistant RefereeLuis Godinho (POR)
  • UEFA DelegateOlivier Chovaux (FRA)
  • UEFA Referee observerDavid Fernández Borbalán (ESP)


NameDate of birthUEFA Champions League matchesUEFA matches
Artur Dias14/07/19791676

Artur Dias

Referee since: 1996
First division: 2004
FIFA badge: 2010

Tournaments: 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2013 UEFA Regions' Cup, 2011 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

2013 UEFA Regions' Cup

UEFA Champions League matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
27/09/2017UCLGSQarabağ FKAS Roma1-2Baku

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
29/09/2006RCUPIRToscana Regional FAMalta9-0Wroclaw
09/05/2011U17GS-FTDenmarkFrance1-0Novi Sad
25/10/2012UELGSVfB StuttgartF.C. Copenhagen0-0Stuttgart
22/06/2013RCUPGS-FTVeneto Regional F.A.Eastern Region NIR4-1Abano Terme
29/06/2013RCUPFinalVeneto Regional F.A.Selección Catalana de Fútbol0-0Abano Terme
12/12/2013UELGSACF FiorentinaFC Dnipro2-1Florence
10/10/2014U21POSlovakiaItaly1-1Zlate Moravce
18/02/2016UELR32FC MidtjyllandManchester United FC2-1Herning
29/09/2016UELGSAC Sparta PrahaFC Internazionale Milano3-1Prague
23/02/2017UELR32ACF FiorentinaVfL Borussia Mönchengladbach2-4Florence
09/03/2017UELR16F.C. CopenhagenAFC Ajax2-1Copenhagen
27/09/2017UCLGSQarabağ FKAS Roma1-2Baku
15/02/2018UELR32SSC NapoliRB Leipzig1-3Naples
21/02/2019UELR32FC Internazionale MilanoSK Rapid Wien4-0Milan
22/08/2019UELPOTorino FCWolverhampton Wanderers FC2-3Turin
27/02/2020UELR32Celtic FCF.C. Copenhagen1-3Glasgow

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Fixtures and results Only this chapter

FC MidtjyllandFixtures and results
26/08/2020UCLPFC Ludogorets 1945 (A)W 1-0Brumado 77
11/09/2020LeagueSønderjyskE (A)L 0-2
16/09/2020UCLBSC Young Boys (H)W 3-0Lefort 51 (og), Dreyer 62, Mabil 84
19/09/2020LeagueLyngby BK (H)W 1-0Sisto 14
22/09/2020UCLSK Slavia Praha (A)D 0-0
26/09/2020LeagueRanders FC (H)W 1-0Kraev 6
30/09/2020UCLSK Slavia Praha (H)W 4-1Kaba 65, Scholz 84 (P), Onyeka 88, Dreyer 90+1
04/10/2020LeagueAC Horsens (A)D 2-2Dreyer 23, Brumado 32
17/10/2020LeagueOdense BK (H)W 3-1Kaba 66, Dreyer 81, Sisto 86
21/10/2020UCLAtalanta BC (H)
24/10/2020LeagueBrøndby IF (A)
27/10/2020UCLLiverpool FC (A)
31/10/2020LeagueFC Nordsjælland (A)
03/11/2020UCLAFC Ajax (H)
08/11/2020LeagueF.C. Copenhagen (H)
11/11/2020CupHB Køge (A)
22/11/2020LeagueAGF Aarhus (A)
25/11/2020UCLAFC Ajax (A)
28/11/2020LeagueAalborg BK (H)
01/12/2020UCLAtalanta BC (A)
05/12/2020LeagueVejle BK (A)
09/12/2020UCLLiverpool FC (H)
14/12/2020LeagueOdense BK (A)
21/12/2020LeagueFC Nordsjælland (H)
04/02/2021LeagueSønderjyskE (H)
07/02/2021LeagueRanders FC (A)
14/02/2021LeagueAC Horsens (H)
21/02/2021LeagueAalborg BK (A)
28/02/2021LeagueBrøndby IF (H)
03/03/2021LeagueLyngby BK (A)
07/03/2021LeagueAGF Aarhus (H)
14/03/2021LeagueF.C. Copenhagen (A)
21/03/2021LeagueVejle BK (H)
1Brøndby IF54019712
2AGF Aarhus532013611
3Vejle BK531112910
5FC Midtjylland53117510
6Aalborg BK5221558
7FC Nordsjælland52121087
8Randers FC5113554
9F.C. Copenhagen51139114
10Odense BK51137114
11Lyngby BK50235102
12AC Horsens50143111
Atalanta BCFixtures and results
26/09/2020LeagueTorino FC (A)W 4-2Gómez 13, Muriel 21, Hateboer 42, De Roon 54
30/09/2020LeagueSS Lazio (A)W 4-1Gosens 10, Hateboer 32, Gómez 41, 61
04/10/2020LeagueCagliari Calcio (H)W 5-2Muriel 7, Gómez 29, Pašalić 37, Zapata 42, Lammers 81
17/10/2020LeagueSSC Napoli (A)L 1-4Lammers 69
21/10/2020UCLFC Midtjylland (A)
24/10/2020LeagueUC Sampdoria (H)
27/10/2020UCLAFC Ajax (H)
31/10/2020LeagueFC Crotone (A)
03/11/2020UCLLiverpool FC (H)
08/11/2020LeagueFC Internazionale Milano (H)
21/11/2020LeagueSpezia (A)
25/11/2020UCLLiverpool FC (A)
28/11/2020LeagueHellas Verona FC (H)
01/12/2020UCLFC Midtjylland (H)
06/12/2020LeagueUdinese Calcio (A)
09/12/2020UCLAFC Ajax (A)
13/12/2020LeagueACF Fiorentina (H)
16/12/2020LeagueJuventus (A)
20/12/2020LeagueAS Roma (H)
23/12/2020LeagueBologna FC (A)
03/01/2021LeagueUS Sassuolo Calcio (H)
06/01/2021LeagueParma FC (H)
10/01/2021LeagueBenevento (A)
17/01/2021LeagueGenoa CFC (H)
24/01/2021LeagueAC Milan (A)
31/01/2021LeagueSS Lazio (H)
07/02/2021LeagueTorino FC (H)
14/02/2021LeagueCagliari Calcio (A)
21/02/2021LeagueSSC Napoli (H)
28/02/2021LeagueUC Sampdoria (A)
03/03/2021LeagueFC Crotone (H)
07/03/2021LeagueFC Internazionale Milano (A)
14/03/2021LeagueSpezia (H)
21/03/2021LeagueHellas Verona FC (A)
03/04/2021LeagueUdinese Calcio (H)
11/04/2021LeagueACF Fiorentina (A)
18/04/2021LeagueJuventus (H)
21/04/2021LeagueAS Roma (A)
25/04/2021LeagueBologna FC (H)
02/05/2021LeagueUS Sassuolo Calcio (A)
09/05/2021LeagueParma FC (A)
12/05/2021LeagueBenevento (H)
16/05/2021LeagueGenoa CFC (A)
23/05/2021LeagueAC Milan (H)
1AC Milan44009112
2US Sassuolo Calcio431013610
3Atalanta BC43011499
4SSC Napoli43011248
6FC Internazionale Milano42111187
7Hellas Verona FC4211417
8AS Roma4211877
9UC Sampdoria4202776
11Genoa CFC3111474
12ACF Fiorentina4112784
13Cagliari Calcio41126104
15SS Lazio4112484
16Bologna FC4103783
17Udinese Calcio4103363
18Parma FC4103493
19FC Crotone40133111
20Torino FC3003480

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

FC Midtjylland

  • UEFA Champions League - Second qualifying round
    PFC Ludogorets 1945 0-1 FC Midtjylland
    0-1 Júnior Brumado 77
    J. Hansen, J. Andersson, Kaba (75 Anderson), Mabil, Scholz, Kraev (65 Júnior Brumado), Sviatchenko, Paulinho, Dreyer, Onyeka, Cajuste
  • Third qualifying round
    FC Midtjylland 3-0 BSC Young Boys
    1-0 Lefort 51 (og) , 2-0 Dreyer 62, 3-0 Mabil 84
    J. Hansen, J. Andersson, Kaba (78 Júnior Brumado), Mabil, Scholz, Kraev (62 Sisto), Sviatchenko, Paulinho, Dreyer (84 Evander), Onyeka, Cajuste
  • Play-off
    SK Slavia Praha 0-0 FC Midtjylland
    J. Hansen, J. Andersson, Kaba (89 Júnior Brumado), Evander (76 Anderson), Mabil, Scholz, Sviatchenko, Paulinho, Dreyer (67 Sisto), Onyeka, Cajuste
  • (30/09/2020)
    FC Midtjylland 4-1 SK Slavia Praha (agg: 4-1)
    0-1 Olayinka 3, 1-1 Kaba 65, 2-1 Scholz 84 (P) , 3-1 Onyeka 88, 4-1 Dreyer 90+1
    J. Hansen, J. Andersson, Sisto (58 Dreyer), Kaba, Evander (58 Kraev), Mabil (92 Anderson), Scholz, Sviatchenko, Paulinho, Onyeka, Cajuste
  • Group stage
    Group D - Group Standings
    AFC Ajax0000000
    Atalanta BC0000000
    FC Midtjylland0000000
    Liverpool FC0000000
    Matchday 1 (21/10/2020)
    FC Midtjylland-Atalanta BC
  • Matchday 2 (27/10/2020)
    Liverpool FC-FC Midtjylland
  • Matchday 3 (03/11/2020)
    FC Midtjylland-AFC Ajax
  • Matchday 4 (25/11/2020)
    AFC Ajax-FC Midtjylland
  • Matchday 5 (01/12/2020)
    Atalanta BC-FC Midtjylland
  • Matchday 6 (09/12/2020)
    FC Midtjylland-Liverpool FC

Atalanta BC

  • UEFA Champions League - Group stage
    Matchday 1 (21/10/2020)
    FC Midtjylland-Atalanta BC
  • Matchday 2 (27/10/2020)
    Atalanta BC-AFC Ajax
  • Matchday 3 (03/11/2020)
    Atalanta BC-Liverpool FC
  • Matchday 4 (25/11/2020)
    Liverpool FC-Atalanta BC
  • Matchday 5 (01/12/2020)
    Atalanta BC-FC Midtjylland
  • Matchday 6 (09/12/2020)
    AFC Ajax-Atalanta BC

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Competition facts Only this chapter

UEFA Champions League: Did you know?

Overall records
• Chelsea in 2012/13 are the only defending champions to fail to get through a group stage since the UEFA Champions League began. (This record, like the others, includes the seasons between 1999/2000 and 2002/03 that featured a second group stage). In 1992/93, Barcelona were the reigning European Champion Clubs' Cup holders and lost 4-3 on aggregate in the second round to CSKA Moskva.

• In 2016/17 Real Madrid became the first team to successfully defend the UEFA Champions League trophy, with AC Milan (1989, 1990) the previous club to win consecutive European Cups. Milan (1994, 1995), Ajax (1995, 1996), Juventus (1996, 1997) and Manchester United (2008, 2009) all returned to the UEFA Champions League final as holders only to lose.

• Real Madrid then made it three wins in a row in 2017/18, becoming the fourth club to win three or more successive titles in European Cup history, and the first to do it twice.

• Only two teams have ever won the UEFA Champions League on home soil: Borussia Dortmund (1997, final in Munich) and Juventus (1996, final in Rome), while Manchester United lost the 2011 final in London and 12 months later Bayern München were beaten in the showpiece in their own stadium, the Fußball Arena München.

• Bayern's victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the 2020 UEFA Champions League final was their 11th successive win in the competition (18 September 2019 to 23 August 2020), setting a new record. Bayern themselves (2 April 2013 to 27 November 2013) and Real Madrid (23 April 2014 to 18 February 2015) jointly held the previous best with ten, one more than Barcelona's winning run between 18 September 2002 and 18 February 2003.

Group stage
• Barcelona have finished as group winners on 21 occasions, five more than Real Madrid and Bayern München and six more than Manchester United. Barça also hold the record for the most unbeaten group stage campaigns with 13, five more than Real Madrid.

• Seven teams have recorded six successive victories in a UEFA Champions League group stage: Milan (1992/93), Paris Saint-Germain (1994/95), Spartak Moskva (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03, first group stage), Real Madrid (2011/12 and 2014/15) and Bayern (2019/20).

• Twenty-one teams have gone through a UEFA Champions League group stage without picking up a single point, most recently AEK Athens in 2018/19.

• In 2017/18, Paris Saint-Germain set a new group stage record by scoring 25 goals, one more than Bayern München managed in 2019/20. Liverpool are next on the list having scored 23 in 2017/18 with Borussia Dortmund hitting 21 in 2016/17. Manchester United (1998/99), Barcelona (2011/12, 2016/17) and Real Madrid (2013/14) all managed 20.

• Only Deportivo La Coruña (2004/05), Maccabi Haifa (2009/10) and Dinamo Zagreb (2016/17) have failed to score in a group stage.

• BATE Borisov conceded 24 goals in 2014/15, a new group stage record which was matched by Legia Warszawa in 2016/17. The previous mark, 22, was held by Dinamo Zagreb (2011/12) and Nordsjælland (2012/13).

• No team has ever gone through a UEFA Champions League group stage without conceding a goal. Milan (1992/93), Ajax (1995/96), Juventus (1996/97 and 2004/05), Chelsea (2005/06), Liverpool (2005/06), Villarreal (2005/06), Manchester United (2010/11), Monaco (2014/15), Paris Saint-Germain (2015/16) and Barcelona (2017/18) all let in just one.

• Matchday 6 of 2013/14 marked FCSB's 23rd successive game in the competition without a victory, surpassing the previous record of 22 set by Spartak Moskva between December 2000 and November 2006.

• Anderlecht hold the unwanted record for successive defeats in the competition, group stage to final, having lost 12 in a row between December 2003 and November 2005. Dinamo Zagreb are next with 11 consecutive losses on two occasions, from September 2011 to November 2012 and September 2015 to December 2016.

• The lowest total for a team qualifying from the group stage is six points: Zenit in 2013/14 and Roma in 2015/16. Since three points for a win was introduced in 1995/96, ten teams have made it through with seven points: Legia Warszawa (1995/96), Dynamo Kyiv (1999/2000), Liverpool (2001/02, second group stage), in 2002/03 Lokomotiv Moskva (first group stage) and eventual finalists Juventus (second group stage), Rangers and Werder Bremen (2005/06), Galatasaray (2013/14), Basel (2014/15) and Atalanta (2019/20).

• Napoli failed to qualify from their group with 12 points in 2013/14, the highest total of any team not to reach the next stage when the top two in each section progressed. Dynamo Kyiv (1999/2000, second group stage), Borussia Dortmund (2002/03, second group stage), PSV Eindhoven (2003/04), Olympiacos and Dynamo Kyiv (both 2004/05), Werder Bremen (2006/07), Manchester City (2011/12), Chelsea and Cluj (both 2012/13), Benfica (2013/14), Porto (2015/16) and Ajax (2019/20) all missed out with ten points.

Goalscoring records
• Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a match in Barcelona's 7-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen on 7 March 2012, a feat matched by Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano at BATE Borisov on 21 October 2014. Thirteen more players, also including Messi, have scored four times in a game, most recently Josip Iličić for Atalanta in the 2019/20 round of 16 second leg against Valencia. He was the third player to score four in a game that season, all away from home, after group stage quadruples from Bayern's Serge Gnabry (Matchday 2 at Tottenham) and Robert Lewandowski (Matchday 5 at Crvena zvezda).

• Cristiano Ronaldo set a new record for a UEFA Champions League group stage with 11 goals in 2015/16, Lionel Messi got ten goals in 2016/17, a figure matched by Robert Lewandowski in 2019/20; Ronaldo (2013/14, 2017/18) and Luiz Adriano (2014/15) scored nine while Zlatan Ibrahimović (2013/14), Ruud van Nistelrooy (2004/05), Filippo Inzaghi, Hernán Crespo (both 2002/03), Lewandowski (2018/19) and Erling Braut Haaland (2019/20) all managed eight.

• Messi's hat-trick against PSV Eindhoven on Matchday 1 of the 2018/19 competition was his eighth in the competition, a mark Ronaldo matched against Atlético de Madrid in that season's round of 16 second leg.

Oldest and youngest players
• Lazio goalkeeper Marco Ballotta is the oldest player to compete in the UEFA Champions League having featured against Real Madrid on Matchday 6 in 2007/08 aged 43 years and 252 days. Alessandro Costacurta is the oldest outfield player; the Milan defender was 40 years and 211 days when he played against AEK Athens in 2006/07.

• Francesco Totti is the oldest player to score in the competition, aged 38 years and 59 days, in Roma's 1-1 draw at CSKA Moskva on 25 November 2014. Ryan Giggs (37 years 290 days) was the previous record holder.

• Celestine Babayaro is the youngest player to have appeared; he was 16 years and 87 days when he started for Anderlecht against Steaua Bucureşti on 23 November 1994. He was sent off in the 37th minute.

• Ansu Fati's winner for Barcelona at Inter on Matchday 6 in 2019/20 made him the youngest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history, at the age of 17 years 40 days. He eclipsed the previous record of Olympiacos's Peter Ofori-Quaye (17 years 195 days) that had lasted since 1 October 1997.


Team facts Only this chapter

FC Midtjylland
Nickname: Ulvene (The Wolves)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• None

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 3 (2020)
Danish Cup: 1 (2019)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)
UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
UEFA Europa League play-offs (having transferred from UEFA Champions League second qualifying round)
2017/18: UEFA Europa League play-offs
UEFA Europa League play-offs
UEFA Europa League round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)
UEFA Europa League play-offs
2013/14: did not take part in UEFA competition
2012/13: UEFA Europa League play-offs
2011/12: UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
2010/11: did not take part in UEFA competition

UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
6-1: Midtjylland v Derry City
29/06/17, UEFA Europa League first qualifying round first leg

• Biggest away win
1-6: Bangor City v Midtjylland
17/07/08, UEFA Cup first qualifying round first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
1-4: Midtjylland v Napoli
22/10/15, UEFA Europa League group stage
0-3 three times, most recently v Young Boys
23/08/12, UEFA Europa League play-off first leg

• Heaviest away defeat
5-0: Napoli v Midtjylland
05/11/15, UEFA Europa League group stage

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final)
Biggest home win

• Biggest away win

• Heaviest home defeat

• Heaviest away defeat


Atalanta BC
La Dea (The Goddess)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• None

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
Italian Cup: 1 (1963)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)
2019/20: quarter-finals
UEFA Europa League play-offs
UEFA Europa League round of 32
 did not take part in UEFA competition
2015/16: did not take part in UEFA competition
 did not take part in UEFA competition
2013/14: did not take part in UEFA competition
2012/13: did not take part in UEFA competition
2011/12: did not take part in UEFA competition
did not take part in UEFA competition

UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
4-1 twice, most recently v Valencia
19/02/20, UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg
3-0: Atalanta v Everton
14/09/17, UEFA Europa League group stage

• Biggest away win
0-8: Sarajevo v Atalanta
02/08/18, UEFA Europa League second qualifying round second leg

• Heaviest home defeat
1-2 twice, most recently v Shakhtar Donetsk
01/10/19, UEFA Champions League group stage
Atalanta also lost 1-3 to Sporting CP in a 1963 European Cup Winners' Cup preliminary round replay, played in neutral Barcelona, and 1-2 against Paris Saint-Germain in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in Lisbon, a match in which they were the designated home team.

• Heaviest away defeat
Manchester City v Atalanta
22/10/19, UEFA Champions League group stage
4-0: Dinamo Zagreb v Atalanta
19/09/19, UEFA Champions League group stage

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final)
Biggest home win
4-1: Atalanta v Valencia (see above)

• Biggest away win
Shakhtar Donetsk v Atalanta
11/12/19, group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
1-2: Atalanta v Shakhtar Donetsk (see above)
Atalanta also lost 1-2 against Paris in the 2019/20 quarter-finals (see above)

• Heaviest away defeat
Manchester City v Atalanta (see above)
Dinamo Zagreb v Atalanta (see above)



The all-time record of the competing clubs in UEFA club competition.

UEFA club competition: These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in UEFA club competition defined as European Champion Clubs' Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winner's Cup UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup and European/South American Cup. Matches in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 1972 Super Cup are not included as they were not held under UEFA auspices, while the FIFA Club World Cup is excluded.

Match officials

UCL: Total matches officiated in the UEFA Champions League from 1992/93 season, group stage to final only. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records.

UEFA: Total matches officiated in UEFA club competition including all qualifying round matches. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records.


Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Competition stages

  • F: Final
  • GS: Group stage
  • GS1: First group stage
  • GS2: Second group stage
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • R1: First round
  • R2: Second round
  • R3: Third round
  • R4: Fourth round
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • SF: Semi-finals
  • QF: Quarter-finals
  • R16: round of 16
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • R32: Round of 32
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 1st: first leg
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 2nd: second leg
  • FT: Final tournament
  • PO: Play-off
  • ELITE: Elite round
  • Rep: Replay
  • 3rdPO: Third-place play-off
  • PO - FT: Play-off for Final Tournament
  • GS-FT: Group stage – final tournament

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
  • f: Match forfeited


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • UCLQ: Current season total UEFA Champions League appearances in the qualifying rounds and play-offs only
  • UCL: Current season total UEFA Champions League appearances from group stage onwards prior to current matchday
  • UCL: Total appearances in the UEFA Champions League from 1992/93 season, group stage to final only
  • UEFA: All-time total appearances in UEFA club competition including qualifying
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on