UEFA Champions League - 2020/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|Ferencvárosi TC||Puskás Aréna - BudapestWednesday 4 November 2020|
21.00CET (21.00 local time) Group G - Matchday 3
A fine comeback in their first home Group G game should have Ferencváros in good heart as Juventus, seeking a 100th UEFA Champions League victory, look to get their own campaign back on track.
• While Ferencváros, who lost 5-1 at Barcelona on Matchday 1 in their first group stage game for 25 years, fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Dynamo Kyiv last time out, Juve were losing 2-0 at home to Barcelona – although an opening win in Ukraine by the same scoreline has given them a two-point cushion in second place in the section.
• Ferencváros and Juventus have never met before in UEFA competition but the Hungarian club's greatest moment in European football came when József Mészáros' team lifted the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup after Máté Fenyvesi's second-half header earned a 1-0 final win against the Bianconeri in Turin in June 1965.
• Having claimed their 31st league title – and second in succession – in 2019/20, Ferencváros are making their second appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage, after 1995/96.
• Twenty-five years ago the Hungarian club finished third in a section behind Ajax and Real Madrid, four of their five points coming against Swiss club Grasshoppers – including their sole victory, a 3-0 away win.
• All of Ferencváros's next five UEFA Champions League campaigns foundered in the qualifying phase, including in 2019/20 when they came through two rounds only to suffer a heavy defeat against Dinamo Zagreb in the third qualifying round (1-1 a, 0-4 h) – the second leg equalling their heaviest home European loss.
• Ferencváros went on to defeat Sūduva of Lithuania in the UEFA Europa League play-offs (0-0 a, 4-2 h) before picking up seven points in the group stage to finish third in their section behind Espanyol and Ludogorets.
• Serhiy Rebrov's team scored two or more goals in each of their first four UEFA Champions League matches this season, beating Swedish side Djurgården 2-0 at home in the first qualifying round before 2-1 successes at Celtic and at home to Dinamo Zagreb. They drew 3-3 at Molde in the first leg of their play-off tie and went through on away goals after a scoreless home draw in the return.
• The most successful of Fradi's 12 previous European Cup campaigns came in 1965/66, when they got as far as the quarter-finals before losing to Internazionale.
• Ferencváros are the first Hungarian club to feature in the UEFA Champions League group stage since Debrecen in 2009/10 – only the country's second appearance after Ferencváros in 1995.
• Ferencváros are unbeaten in their last six home European matches (W2 D4) but are yet to win at home in the UEFA Champions League group stage (D3 L1).
• Ferencváros have played only two previous matches against Italian clubs in UEFA competition, losing that 1965/66 European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-final 5-1 on aggregate to Inter (0-4 a, 1-1 h).
• Champions of Italy for a record ninth season in a row in 2019/20, and 36th time in all, this is Juve's 21st UEFA Champions League campaign; they have reached the last 16 in 17 of those seasons.
• The Bianconeri, under Maurizio Sarri, finished first in their section ahead of Atlético de Madrid in last season's competition but bowed out in the round of 16, eliminated by Lyon on away goals (0-1 a, 2-1 h).
• Juve won five of their six Group D games in last season's competition to finish six points clear at the top. They dropped points only in their first fixture, being pegged back by two late Atlético goals in a 2-2 draw in Spain, but went on to beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 in Italy and Lokomotiv Moskva 2-1 home and away. A 1-0 home win against Atlético and a 2-0 success at Leverkusen completed the section.
• The Turin team have finished first in their UEFA Champions League section on 13 occasions, including in each of the last two seasons.
• Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have played in nine European Cup finals – losing a record seven, including all of their last five.
• Andrea Pirlo replaced Sarri as Juve coach on 8 August.
• Juve have won three of their last four away European games (L1); the defeat at Lyon last season is their only reverse in the last six such matches (W3 D2).
• Juve have not faced a Hungarian club in Europe for over 40 years, beating Győri ETO in the first round of the 1979/80 European Cup Winners' Cup (2-0 h, 1-2 a). That defeat in Győr was the Bianconeri's first against a Hungarian team in UEFA competition; they previously beat Újpest on away goals in the 1972/73 European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-final (0-0 h, 2-2 a).
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• Aaron Ramsey scored both goals as Wales beat Hungary 2-0 on 19 November 2019 to book their place at UEFA EURO 2020; Ferencváros captain Gergő Lovrencsics played 90 minutes for the visitors.
• Gergő Lovrencsics's next game in UEFA club competition will be his 50th.
• Fourteen Ferencváros players made their debuts in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, at Barcelona.
• Only two members of the Ferencváros squad had ever played in the UEFA Champions League before Matchday 1: Róbert Mak (two appearances for Zenit in 2019/20) and Oleksandr Zubkov (one for Shakhtar Donetsk in 2017/18). All three of those appearances had been as a substitute.
• The Green Eagles' first match of the season was a 1-1 draw at city rivals MTK Budapest on 14 August.
• Ferencváros are unbeaten in the league this season (W5 D2); they drew 1-1 at Fehérvár on Saturday.
• The loss in Barcelona is Ferencváros's only defeat of the season in all competitions; their record otherwise in 2020/21 is W9 D5.
• Isael has three goals in his last four league games, as many as he managed in his previous 19 outings.
• Serhiy Rebrov's team progressed to the last 32 of the Hungarian Cup with a 6-1 victory at lower-league Ráckeve on 19 September.
• Dávid Sigér and substitute Endre Botka helped Hungary to a 3-1 win in Bulgaria in the UEFA EURO 2020 play-off semi-final on 8 October.
• Myrto Uzuni, whose last appearance came on 4 October, is sidelined by illness.
• Matchday 2 marked Juve's first defeat under new coach Andrea Pirlo, and the first game this season in which they failed to score.
• Juventus, who are trying to win a tenth consecutive Scudetto, kicked off the season with a 3-0 win against Sampdoria before three successive draws: at Roma (2-2) and Crotone (1-1) and at home to Verona (1-1).
• On Sunday, Juve were 4-1 winners at Spezia, their first Serie A victory since the opening day.
• New arrival Dejan Kulusevski, who spent last season on loan at Parma, scored just 13 minutes into his Juve debut against Sampdoria. He also got a late equaliser against Verona.
• Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on Sunday to make it five goals in three Serie A appearances this season. He has now scored 452 goals in the top five European leagues.
• Gianluigi Buffon made his 650th Serie A appearance at Crotone on 17 October; he is the first player to reach that landmark. He also featured on Sunday.
• Álvaro Morata scored Juve's goal at Crotone, his first for the Bianconeri in Serie A since 24 April 2016, and got both at Dynamo. The Spaniard also opened the scoring at Spezia, making it four goals in his last five matches.
• On 8 September Ronaldo took his international goal tally to 101 with both in Portugal's 2-0 UEFA Nations League win against Sweden.
• Giorgio Chiellini was replaced midway through the first half at Dynamo on Matchday 1 having suffered an injury to his right thigh, and has not played since.
• Alex Sandro suffered a thigh injury in mid-September and has not played this season.
• Matthijs de Ligt has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on his right shoulder in August.
• Ronaldo came on as a substitute on Sunday having been on the sidelines since 11 October due to illness.
• Ronaldo finished tenth in the ranking for the 2019/20 UEFA Men's Player of the Year award.
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