UEFA Champions League - 2020/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|Borussia Dortmund||BVB Stadion Dortmund - DortmundWednesday 28 October 2020|
21.00CET (21.00 local time) Group F - Matchday 2
Borussia Dortmund and Zenit know they can ill afford to slip further off the pace in Group F as they meet in Germany looking to rebuild after opening defeats.
• While Zenit conceded in the 93rd minute to lose 2-1 at home to Club Brugge on Matchday 1, Dortmund went down 3-1 at Lazio despite Erling Braut Haaland's 11th goal on only his ninth UEFA Champions League appearance.
• Dortmund came out on top against Zenit in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League round of 16, going through 5-4 on aggregate despite a home defeat. Marco Reus scored BVB's second goal – in only the fifth minute – in a 4-2 first-leg victory in St Petersburg, Robert Lewandowski adding two goals.
• The German club held on despite losing 2-1 at home, goals from Hulk and Salomon Rondón giving Zenit their third win in Germany – and their most recent victory against a Bundesliga club.
• Second in the Bundesliga behind Bayern München for the second season running in 2019/20, this is Dortmund's 15th UEFA Champions League campaign; they were winners in 1997, and runners-up in 2013. BVB have reached the round of 16 in six of their last seven participations.
• Lucien Favre's side finished second behind Barcelona in their section last season, picking up ten points – seven of them at home – to finish ahead of Internazionale and Slavia Praha.
• Dortmund were 2-1 winners at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 first leg, but bowed out after going down 2-0 in the return in France.
• BVB have won four of their last eight European matches (L4), all four defeats coming away from home.
• Despite victories in their last three home matches, Dortmund have won only six of their last 14 European matches in their own stadium (D3 L5).
• Dortmund have three wins in four away games against Russian sides (L1) but at home they have won just two of four (D1 L1). Most recently, they beat Krasnodar 2-1 in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stage but went down 2-1 away.
• Zenit claimed their seventh USSR/Russian league title in 2019/20, and their second in a row; their last six triumphs have all come from 2007 onwards. They also added the Russian Cup to complete the club's second domestic double.
• This is the St Petersburg outfit's eighth UEFA Champions League group campaign; they reached the round of 16 in 2011/12, 2013/14 and 2015/16 but have never progressed further.
• In 2019/20, Zenit finished fourth in their section, behind RB Leipzig, Lyon and Benfica despite picking up seven points from their six matches. It was their earliest European exit since 2009/10, when they were eliminated in the UEFA Europa League play-offs.
• The St Petersburg team have won only three of their last 12 European matches (D1 L8).
• Zenit have also recorded only two victories in their last ten UEFA Champions League games (D1 L7).
• Zenit are without a win in 12 European away matches (D3 L9) since a 3-1 victory at Real Sociedad on Matchday 6 of the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League.
• The St Petersburg side have lost five of their six games against German clubs since that 2014 victory at Dortmund (D1), most recently being beaten away (1-2) and at home (0-2) by Leipzig in last season's group stage.
• Zenit have lost their last three away games against Bundesliga clubs; they were unbeaten in five successive matches on German soil (W3 D2) until a 0-2 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Links and trivia
• Axel Witsel was a Zenit player between 2012 and 2017, scoring 22 goals in 180 appearances in all competitions. He was part of the team that won the Russian Premier League in 2014/15 and the domestic cup the following season.
• Has played in Germany:
Douglas Santos (Hamburg 2016–19)
• Have played together:
Emre Can & Dejan Lovren (Liverpool 2014–18)
• Haaland scored a second-leg winner for Molde against Zenit in the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League play-offs (2-1), although the Russian side still went through 4-3 on aggregate.
• Lovren scored Liverpool's added-time winner against Dortmund in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League quarter-final, securing a 4-3 second-leg win and 5-4 aggregate success. Reus scored for the visitors at Anfield, with Łukasz Piszczek, Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer also in the Dortmund line-up.
• Thorgan Hazard opened the scoring as Belgium beat Russia 4-1 in St Petersburg in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying on 16 November 2019; Magomed Ozdoev, Yuri Zhirkov, Artem Dzyuba and substitute Daler Kuzyaev all featured for the home side.
• Summer transfers
In: Jude Bellingham (Birmingham), Thomas Meunier (Paris), Reinier (Real Madrid, loan)
Out: Mario Götze (PSV), Eric Oelschlägel (Utrecht), Dženis Burnić (Heidenheim), Leonardo Balerdi (Marseille, loan)
• Jude Bellingham became the youngest Englishman to play in the UEFA Champions League on Matchday 1, aged 17 years 113 days.
• Emre Can is banned following a red card in the round of 16 second leg against Paris in the last season.
• Dortmund's first competitive match in 2020/21 was a 5-0 win at third tier Duisburg in the first round of the German Cup on 14 September.
• Bellingham scored on his BVB debut in Duisburg, becoming the club's youngest ever scorer aged 17 years 77 days.
• On 19 September BVB won 3-0 against Mönchengladbach on the first day of the Bundesliga season, Giovanni Reyna scoring his first league goal and Erling Braut Haaland getting two.
• On 30 September BVB lost 3-2 in the German Super Cup at Bayern München.
• Dortmund's record in this season's Bundesliga is W4 L1. They were 3-0 winners in the Ruhr derby against Schalke on Saturday.
• Felix Passlack scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 4-0 home win against Freiburg on 3 October, Haaland getting another two.
• Haaland has 18 goals in 20 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund, including one against Schalke on Saturday.
• On 4 September Haaland scored his first goal for Norway in a 2-1 UEFA Nations League defeat against Austria. Three days later the striker was on target twice in a 5-1 win at Northern Ireland.
• On 11 October Haaland scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 UEFA Nations League win against Romania, making it six goals in seven appearances for Norway.
• In UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying on 4 September, aged 17 years 68 days, Bellingham became England's youngest debutant and scorer in a 6-0 win in Kosovo.
• Nico Schulz suffered a muscle injury in Germany's 3-3 friendly draw against Turkey on 7 October and has not played since.
• Manuel Akanji returned on Saturday having not played since 3 October due to illness; he marked the occasion with the opening goal.
• Thorgan Hazard suffered a thigh injury against Mönchengladbach, returning as a substitute against Schalke.
• Dan-Axel Zagadou (out since August) and Marcel Schmelzer (July) have both been sidelined by knee injuries.
• Summer transfers
In: Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Wendel (Sporting)
Out: Branislav Ivanović (West Brom), Igor Smolnikov (Krasnodar), Oleg Shatov (Rubin), Aleksandr Kokorin (Spartak Moskva), Emanuel Mammana (Sochi, loan), Emiliano Rigoni (Elche)
• Zenit's six-game unbeaten domestic run (W3 D3) was ended on Saturday as they went down 2-1 at home to Rubin despite taking a first-half lead through Aleksandr Erokhin.
• That was only Zenit's second loss in their last 31 Russian Premier League games (W22 D7).
• Zenit beat Lokomotiv Moskva 2-1 in the Russian Super Cup on 7 August.
• Andrei Mostovoy won his first cap on 7 October as Russia lost 2-1 in a Moscow friendly against Sweden.
• Sardar Azmoun's 32nd international goal helped Iran to a 2-1 friendly victory against Uzbekistan on 8 October.
• On 17 October Sebastián Driussi returned from a knee injury that had kept him out since 26 August.
• Malcom has been training separately because of an injury.
• Yuri Zhirkov's last appearance came for Russia in the UEFA Nations League on 14 October, although the 37-year-old is close to full fitness again.
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