UEFA Champions League - 2020/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|İstanbul Başakşehir||Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu - IstanbulWednesday 28 October 2020|
18.55CET (20.55 local time) Group H - Matchday 2
The 2019/20 runners-up Paris Saint-Germain are the visitors for İstanbul Başakşehir's home debut in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
• The pair both have work to do already in Group H, with İstanbul Başakşehir's first ever game in the UEFA Champions League proper ending in a 2-0 loss at Leipzig, while Paris conceded a late goal to lose 2-1 against Manchester United at the Parc des Princes.
• This is the first game between the sides, and İstanbul Başakşehir's first meeting with a French club.
• İstanbul Başakşehir secured their first UEFA Champions League group stage appearance by last season becoming only the sixth club to lift the Turkish Süper Lig title.
• The Turkish team have twice featured in UEFA Champions League qualifying, losing to Sevilla in the 2017/18 play-offs having beaten Club Brugge in the previous round, and going out to Olympiacos in the 2019/20 play-offs.
• Başakşehir have won only one of their six matches in UEFA Champions League qualifying (D2 L3).
• İstanbul Başakşehir made their European debut in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League and have featured in every season since.
• In 2019/20, after losing both legs against Olympiacos (0-1 h, 0-2 a), İstanbul Başakşehir went on to finish first in their UEFA Europa League section, picking up ten points to come out on top ahead of Roma, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Wolfsberg. They then produced a memorable comeback against Sporting CP in the round of 32 (1-3 a, 4-1 h aet), but were beaten in the last 16 by Copenhagen (1-0 h, 0-3 a).
• İstanbul Başakşehir are the sixth Turkish club to appear in the UEFA Champions League group stage, after Galatasaray (16 appearances), Beşiktaş (7), Fenerbahçe (6), Bursaspor and Trabzonspor (both 1).
• The Owls are one of four teams making their group stage debut in 2020/21; Midtjylland (Group D), Krasnodar and Rennes (both E) are the others.
• The Istanbul team have won their last two home European matches and three of the last four. However, overall they have managed only five victories in their 15 European home fixtures (D5 L5), scoring 15 goals and conceding 14.
• İstanbul Başakşehir have won only one of their home matches in UEFA Champions League qualifying, defeating Club Brugge 2-0 in the 2017/18 third qualifying round second leg – their first home game in the competition. They have subsequently lost to Sevilla (1-2) and Olympiacos (0-1).
• Ligue 1 champions for the seventh time in eight years in 2019/20, and ninth time overall, Paris also won both domestic cups last season. This is the French side's ninth successive UEFA Champions League campaign and 13th in total.
• Paris reached their first European Cup final last season, only to lose 1-0 to Bayern München in Lisbon. They had beaten Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 (1-2 a, 2-0 h), Atalanta in the one-off quarter-final (2-1) and Leipzig in the semi-final (3-0) en route to the decider.
• The Parisians have reached the knockout stages on their last eight UEFA Champions League appearances, although 2019/20 marked their first semi-final appearance since 1995. They suffered three successive last-16 defeats prior to last season.
• Thomas Tuchel's team finished first in a section also including Real Madrid, Club Brugge and Galatasaray in 2019/20. They won five of their six games, drawing the other, and conceded only two goals to finish five points above Madrid.
• Paris had scored in 34 successive UEFA Champions League games, matching the competition record set by Real Madrid between 2011 and 2014, before drawing a blank in last season's final.
• Paris have won 12 of their last 19 UEFA Champions League matches (D3 L4). The Matchday 1 defeat by United was only their fourth in their last 56 European home games (W36 D16).
• The French side have also been victorious in six of their last 12 away UEFA Champions League fixtures (D2 L4) and had won four in a row before drawing 2-2 at Real Madrid on Matchday 5 last season and losing 1-2 at Dortmund in the round of 16 first leg.
• Paris lost their first three games in Turkey, although they have won the last two, a Mauro Icardi goal earning a 1-0 win at Galatasaray on Matchday 2 in 2019/20. A 5-0 win at the Parc des Princes made it five matches unbeaten against Turkish teams (W4 D1) with four clean sheets in that run.
Links and trivia
• İstanbul Başakşehir coach Okan Buruk was in the Galatasaray team that lost to Paris in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup second round (4-2 h, 0-4 a) and beat them 1-0 in Istanbul in the 2000/01 UEFA Champions League first group stage.
• Demba Ba scored a decisive late goal as Chelsea beat Paris in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League quarter-final; Marco Verratti was in the visiting team for that 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.
• Ba was born in Sèvres, a commune less than 10km from Paris, but has spent only one season in France as a professional, scoring 22 goals in 26 appearances for fourth division Rouen in 2005/06.
• Have played together:
Rafael & Ander Herrera, Ángel Di María (Manchester United 2014/15)
Júnior Caiçara & Thilo Kehrer (Schalke 2015–16)
Enzo Crivelli & Alexandre Letellier (Angers 2017)
Giuliano & Marquinhos, Neymar (Brazil)
Demba Ba & Idrissa Gueye (Senegal)
Enzo Crivelli & Presnel Kimpembe (France Under-21s)
• Have played in France:
Rafael (Lyon 2015–20)
Danijel Aleksić (St-Étienne 2012/13, Arles-Avignon 2013/14)
Nacer Chadli (Monaco 2018/19)
Enzo Crivelli (Bordeaux 2014–16, Bastia 2016/17, Angers 2017, Caen 2018–19)
• Neymar scored twice in Brazil's 4-0 friendly win against Turkey in Istanbul on 12 November 2014.
• Julian Draxler scored past İstanbul Başakşehir goalkeeper Mert Günok for Germany in a 3-3 friendly draw against Turkey in Cologne on 7 October. Hasan Ali Kaldırım and substitute Mahmut Tekdemir also featured for the visitors.
• Summer transfers
In: Berkay Özcan (Hamburg, loan made permanent), Okechukwu Azubuike (Pyramids), Hasan Ali Kaldırım (Fenerbahçe), Ravil Tagir (Altınordu), Rafael (Lyon), Nacer Chadli (Monaco), Boli Bolingoli (Celtic, loan), Deniz Türüç (Fenerbahçe, loan), Giuliano (al-Nassr)
Out: Robinho (released), Gaël Clichy (released), Eljero Elia (Utrecht), Miloš Jojić (Partizan), Gökhan Inler (Adana Demirspor), Joseph Attamah (Kayserispor), Aziz Behich (Kayserispor, loan), Alican Özfesli (Boluspor, loan), Furkan Soyalp (Gaziantep), Atabey Çiçek (Westerlo, loan), Doğanay Kılıç (Kahramanmaraşspor), Miguel Vieira (Waasland-Beveren, loan)
• Mehmet Topal's next appearance in UEFA club competition will be his 100th.
• İstanbul Başakşehir got their first win of the new Turkish season at the fifth attempt on 17 October, winning 2-0 at Trabzonspor. They followed up with a 5-1 home success against Antalyaspor on Saturday.
• The Turkish champions now have three wins in their last 11 matches in all competitions (D1 L7).
• İstanbul Başakşehir's title defence kicked off with three successive 2-0 defeats, before a goalless draw at home to Göztepe on 3 October got their first point on the board.
• İrfan Can Kahveci's 32nd-minute opener at Trabzonspor thus ended a run of four games without a goal for İstanbul Başakşehir; they had not scored for 402 minutes in the league, going back to the final game of 2019/20.
• Kahveci also scored against Antalyaspor, when Enzo Crivelli and Giuliano got their first goals of the season; it was the latter's Süper Lig debut for İstanbul Başakşehir.
• Having lost 3-0 at Copenhagen in last season's UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg on 5 August, their final fixture of the campaign, İstanbul Başakşehir were five games without a goal in all competitions before getting two on 17 October.
• İstanbul Başakşehir also lost their first two league games in their title-winning campaign last season, although their third defeat did not arrive until their 19th fixture.
• Mert Günok helped Turkey hold Germany 3-3 away in a friendly on 7 October and earn further draws in the UEFA Nations League, away to Russia (1-1, 11 October) and at home to Serbia (2-2, 14 October). Club-mate Mahmut Tekdemir also featured in all three games.
• Hasan Ali Kaldırım played 90 minutes against Germany but was replaced in the first half against Serbia and was out until returning as a second-half substitute on Saturday.
• Júnior Caiçara tore an achilles tendon on Matchday 1 and is expected to be sidelined for several months after undergoing surgery.
• Martin Škrtel and Rafael missed Saturday's match with minor injuries, while Mahmut was also sidelined.
• Edin Višća, who has three goals in his last two league appearances, missed a penalty in the shoot-out as Bosnia and Herzegovina lost to Northern Ireland in the UEFA EURO 2020 play-off semi-finals (1-1 aet, 3-4 pens).
• Summer transfers
In: Mauro Icardi (Inter), Sergio Rico (Sevilla), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma, loan), Moise Kean (Everton, loan), Danilo Pereira (Porto, loan), Rafinha (Barcelona)
Out: Moussa Sissako (Standard Liège), Thomas Meunier (Dortmund), Eric Dina-Ebimbe (Dijon, loan), Adil Aouchiche (St-Étienne), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Edinson Cavani (Manchester United), Alphonse Areola (Fulham), Loïc Mbe Soh (Nottingham Forest), Marcin Bułka (Cartagena, loan), Garissone Innocent (Caen, loan), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern)
• Keylor Navas's next appearance in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, will be his 50th.
• Ander Herrera has played 49 games in UEFA club competition.
• Paris started their Ligue 1 season with two defeats for the first time since 1984/85, losing 1-0 at Lens on 10 September and by the same scoreline at home to Marseille three days later, a game they finished with eight players. That was the first time since 1978/79 they had failed to score in their opening two league fixtures.
• Thomas Tuchel's side have won their six subsequent Ligue 1 games, scoring 20 goals and conceding only one. They were 4-0 winners at home to Dijon on Saturday, Moise Kean scoring his first two goals for the club.
• Kylian Mbappé scored twice in a 4-0 win at Nîmes on 16 October and again against Dijon, making it 70 Ligue 1 goals and 23 assists in his 81 appearances for Paris.
• With six goals in six appearances this season, Mbappé has now scored 96 in 130 games for Paris in all competitions.
• Neymar scored twice in a 6-1 home win against Angers on 2 October, his first goals since the French Cup final against St-Étienne on 24 July.
• Juan Bernat suffered a serious knee injury in a 1-0 win against Metz on 16 September and is expected to be sidelined for around six months.
• Thilo Kehrer (hamstring) has not played since the defeat against Marseille on 13 September.
• Mbappé scored and provided an assist in France's 7-1 friendly win at home to Ukraine on 7 October before getting the decisive goal in a 2-1 UEFA Nations League win in Croatia seven days later.
• Marquinhos scored in Brazil's 5-0 win against Bolivia in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying on 9 October, with Neymar setting up two of the goals.
• Julian Draxler was on target for Germany in their 3-3 friendly draw against Turkey on 7 October.
• Neymar hit a fourth hat-trick for Brazil in their 4-2 win in Peru, also in a World Cup qualifier, on 13 October. That took him on to 64 goals, above Ronaldo and behind only record scorer Pelé, who managed 77.
• Marquinhos limped off against Peru with a thigh injury, returning to play 73 minutes against Dijon.
• Leandro Paredes had to be replaced after 11 minutes at Nîmes after damaging his thigh and has not played since.
• Julian Draxler returned from a hamstring injury against Dijon having not played since 13 October, although he was replaced in the second half.
• Marco Verratti has not played since 14 October due to a thigh injury; Mauro Icardi (knee) last featured on 2 October.
• Idrissa Gueye missed the weekend win having sustained a hamstring injury on Matchday 1 while Florenzi was sidelined by dental surgery; Navas also sat out the Dijon game.
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