UEFA Champions League - 2020/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|Club Brugge||Jan Breydelstadion - BrugesWednesday 28 October 2020|
21.00CET (21.00 local time) Group F - Matchday 2
Club Brugge and Lazio are both in buoyant mood as they meet for the first time in Belgium in the second set of Group F games.
• Both recorded opening victories, a 93rd-minute Charles De Ketelaere strike giving Club Brugge a 2-1 away win at Zenit while Ciro Immobile set Lazio on their way to an impressive 3-1 defeat of Borussia Dortmund in Rome.
• Club Brugge are in the group stage for the third year in a row, the first time they have achieved that feat; it is their eighth UEFA Champions League group appearance overall. They have never progressed to the knockout rounds.
• In 2019/20, the Belgian side finished third behind Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid in Group A, picking up three points (D3 L3). It was the second year running they had finished third in their group.
• They went on to lose to Manchester United in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 (1-1 h, 0-5 a).
• The Matchday 1 win at Zenit was only Club Brugge's second victory in their last 19 fixtures in the UEFA Champions League proper (D6 L11); they have won none of their last ten home matches in the group stage (D4 L6), since a 3-2 defeat of Rapid Wien in November 2005.
• Club Brugge are without a win in four home European matches (D2 L2), since a 2-1 defeat of LASK in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League play-offs. That was their third straight home victory; they had lost only one of their eight previous home European matches (W3 D4) before their current winless streak started.
• A 1-0 loss against Napoli in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stage made it six home games against Serie A sides without a victory (D1 L5) for Club Brugge, who had won their first three matches against visitors from Italy, all in the 1970s.
• Club Brugge have not scored in their last four games against Italian sides and, home and away, are without a win in their last nine matches (D2 L7), since a 1-0 triumph at AC Milan in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Philippe Clement's side claimed Club Brugge's 16th Belgian league title in 2019/20, and third in the last five seasons.
• This is Lazio's sixth UEFA Champions League campaign. On their most recent appearance, in 2007/08, they finished fourth in their section having picked up only five points from six games. Their previous appearances in the competition all came between 1999 and 2004.
• Lazio's record in the initial group stage is now W13 D7 L11.
• The Matchday 1 win against Dortmund was only Lazio's second in their last 12 UEFA Champions League matches, group stage to final (D4 L6).
• Before their first Group F game, Lazio's sole UEFA Champions League tie since 2007 had been a play-off defeat by another German club, Bayer Leverkusen, in 2015/16 (1-0 h, 0-3 a).
• The Rome club's most successful European Cup campaign came in 1999/2000, when they reached the quarter-finals before losing to Valencia (2-5 a, 1-0 h).
• The Biancocelesti took part in the UEFA Europa League group stage in 2019/20, winning two of their fixtures but losing the other four to finish third in the standings behind Celtic and CFR Cluj.
• Simone Inzaghi's side – who qualified for the group stage by finishing fourth in Serie A in 2019/20 – have lost eight of their last 11 European matches (W3).
• Lazio have lost their last five European away fixtures; a 3-1 win at Marseille in the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League group stage is the only time they have avoided defeat in their last eight away matches.
• This is only Lazio's fifth game against a club from Belgium. They have lost both away games, including the most recent – 3-2 at Zulte Waregem in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League group stage. Felipe Caicedo and Lucas Leiva were both on target in that match, the former having earlier scored in Lazio's 2-0 home win when Ciro Immobile supplied the second goal, making it two home wins from two against Belgian visitors.
Links and trivia
• Have played in Belgium:
Sergej Milinković-Savić (Genk 2014/15)
Wesley Hoedt (Antwerp 2019/20)
Adam Marušić (Oostende 2016/17)
• Has played in Italy:
David Okereke (Spezia 2016–19, Cosenza 2018 loan)
• Have played together:
Siebe Schrijvers & Sergej Milinković-Savić (Genk 2014/15)
Simon Mignolet & Luis Alberto (Liverpool 2013/14)
Simon Mignolet & Lucas Leiva (Liverpool 2013–17)
• Summer transfers
In: Noa Lang (Ajax, loan)
Out: Erhan Mašović (Bochum), Cyril Ngonge (RKC Waalwijk), Jordi Vanlerberghe (Mechelen), Guillaume Hubert (Oostende), Ahmed Touba (RKC Waalwijk), Kaveh Rezaei (Charleroi, loan), Loïs Openda (Vitesse, loan); Siemen Voet (Mechelen, loan), Thibault Vlietinck (OH Leuven, loan)
• Club Brugge lost two of their first three league games this season but had won five in a row, scoring 17 goals and conceding only three, before drawing 1-1 at Standard Liège on 17 October. On Saturday, they went down 2-1 at OH Leuven.
• Top scorers Krépin Diatta and Hans Vanaken both have five goals in the league this season.
• Noa Lang provided an assist in the Netherlands' 7-0 win in Cyprus in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying on 13 October.
• Matej Mitrović has not played since the 5-0 loss at Manchester United in last season's UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg on 27 February and has a heel problem.
• Summer transfers
In: Vedat Muriqi (Fenerbahçe), Mohamed Fares (SPAL), Pepe Reina (Milan), Gonzalo Escalante (Eibar), Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (Salernitana), Andreas Pereira (Manchester United, loan), Riza Durmisi (Nice), Wesley Hoedt (Southampton, loan)
Out: Valon Berisha (Reims), Ricardo Kishna (Den Haag), Milan Badelj (Genoa), Jony (Osasuna, loan), Wallace (Malatyaspor), Ivan Vargić (Koper), Jordan Lukaku (Royal Antwerp)
• Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro scored on his first appearance in UEFA club competition on Matchday 1.
• Lazio started the new season with a 2-0 win at Cagliari on 26 September but won none of their three subsequent Serie A matches, including heavy defeats against Atalanta (1-4) and Sampdoria (0-3), before Saturday's 2-1 success at home to Bologna.
• Ciro Immobile, who scored 36 Serie A goals last season, started the new campaign with a goal on the opening day and got the first against Dortmund before scoring what proved to be the winner against Bologna.
• Manuel Lazzari, who failed to register in 32 league games last season, scored his first goal in Serie A for Lazio against Cagliari. He suffered a thigh injury while on international duty with Italy and returned as a substitute on Saturday, replacing Adam Marušić three minutes before the break, when Lucas Leiva also limped off.
• Ştefan Radu has missed Lazio's last two games due to an injury to his right thigh.
• Luiz Felipe made his first appearance this season on Matchday 1 having twisted his left ankle in September.
• Sergej Milinković-Savić scored Lazio's goal in a 1-1 draw against Inter on 4 October and also got both goals, including an extra-time winner, as Serbia triumphed 2-1 in Norway in the UEFA EURO 2020 play-off semi-finals on 8 October.
• Six days later, Milinković-Savić again found the net for Serbia, in a 2-2 UEFA Nations League draw against Turkey.
• Joaquín Correa scored the decisive goal as Argentina won 2-1 in Bolivia in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying on 13 October.
• On 28 September Luis Alberto renewed his contract with Lazio until 30 June 2025.
• Immobile had also signed a new contract until 2025 on 31 August.
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