UEFA Europa League - 2020/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|KKS Lech Poznań||Stadion Poznań - PoznanThursday 5 November 2020|
18.55CET (18.55 local time) Group D - Matchday 3
|R. Standard de Liège|
Lech Poznań and Standard Liège both have some catching-up to do as they meet in Poland without a single point between them from their opening two Group D fixtures.
• Lech lost 4-2 at home to Benfica before succumbing to a 1-0 defeat at Rangers on Matchday 2, while Standard have yet to score, going down 2-0 at home to Rangers and conceding three goals without reply, two of them to penalties, in Lisbon.
• The clubs are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition.
• Lech have hosted Belgian clubs twice previously, both in the UEFA Europa League qualifying phase, winning and losing a game apiece. It was a 2-1 win at Charleroi in this season's single-leg play-off, thanks to goals from Dani Ramírez and Tymoteusz Puchacz and a Filip Bednarek penalty save, that earned them their group stage berth.
• Standard have lost and drawn their two previous matches in Poland, the draw, 1-1 at Wisła Kraków in the first leg of the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League round of 32, paving the way to further advancement in the competition on the away goals rule (0-0 h).
• Runners-up to Legia Warszawa in the 2019/20 Polish Ekstraklasa, Lech thus returned to Europe after a year's absence and are now participating in the UEFA Europa League group stage for the third time.
• Dariusz Żuraw's side came through four qualifying ties to reach this stage, beating Valmiera of Latvia 3-0 at home before stringing together successive away wins at Hammarby (3-0), Apollon Limassol (5-0) and, in the play-offs, Charleroi. On their group stage debut, in 2010/11, they qualified alongside Manchester City at the expense of Juventus and Salzburg before losing in the round of 32 to Braga (1-0 h, 0-2 a), whereas in 2015/16 they managed just five points and finished third in their section behind Basel and Fiorentina.
• Lech's home record in the UEFA Europa League proper is W2 D3 L3 with no wins in the past four (D1 L3). They failed to score in all three home fixtures in the 2015/16 group stage, but two goals against Benfica on Matchday 1 this season were not enough to save them from defeat.
• Standard were placed fifth in the 2019/20 Belgian First Division A when it was called to a halt in March. Knocked out of last season's UEFA Europa League at the group stage, they came through three qualifying rounds this season under new coach Philippe Montanier – all at home, against Bala Town (2-0), Vojvodina (2-1 aet) and Fehérvár (3-1) – to secure an eighth appearance in the competition proper, matching Club Brugge's Belgian record.
• The Liège club have competed in the UEFA Europa League group stage in six previous campaigns, but have only once made further progress, at the first attempt in 2011/12, when they reached the round of 16. They were also quarter-finalists in the inaugural 2009/10 season after switching over mid-campaign from the UEFA Champions League. Last season they finished third in Group F with eight points, behind Arsenal and Eintracht Frankfurt.
• Standard have won only one of their last 18 away fixtures in the UEFA Europa League, group stage to final (D5 L12), a 3-0 success at Panathinaikos in the 2016/17 group stage. Since then their record is D3 L5.
Links and trivia
• Standard's seventh appearance in the UEFA Europa League group stage is a record for a Belgian club, one more than Anderlecht and Club Brugge.