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Lyon threaten Debrecen's home comfort

Newcomers Debreceni VSC should beware Olympique Lyonnais' fine away record in the UEFA Champions League group stage when they meet at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium in Budapest on Matchday 2.

Lyon threaten Debrecen's home comfort
Lyon threaten Debrecen's home comfort ©UEFA.com

UEFA Champions League newcomers Debreceni VSC welcome Olympique Lyonnais to Budapest for their first Group E fixture at their adopted home of the Ferenc Puskás Stadium.

• The teams' Matchday 1 engagements each finished 1-0, Miralem Pjanić's late goal giving Lyon victory at home to ACF Fiorentina while Debrecen went down by the same scoreline on their group-stage debut at Liverpool FC.

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• The Hungarian titleholders enjoyed a 100 per cent home streak in the qualifying rounds but Lyon have maintained an excellent record on the road in recent group-stage campaigns, winning ten and losing just two of 15 games from 2004/05 onwards.

• Last season the French club won at FC Steaua Bucureşti and Fiorentina and drew at FC Bayern München.

• Andras Herczeg's Debrecen team won their three home qualifying games en route to the group stage, beating Kalmar FF (2-0) and FC Levadia Tallinn (1-0) at their own ground in Debrecen before they switched to Budapest's Ferenc Puskás Stadium for the 2-0 play-off victory against PFC Levski Sofia.

• While this is the Hungarian club's first home match in the UEFA Champions League proper, they had a decent record in the UEFA Cup. After entering that competition for the first time a decade ago, they recorded only one defeat in six matches, not counting qualifiers.

• Lyon have never faced Hungarian opposition before while for Debrecen this will be only the second time they have played against a team from France.

• Debrecen lost to FC Girondins de Bordeaux in the 2001/02 UEFA Cup first round but only after a spirited fightback in the second leg at their Oláh Gábor Stadium.

• Trailing 5-1 after the first leg, they led 3-0 through goals from Attila Plókai and Zsombor Kerekes (2) before a 74th-minute Pauleta strike ended their hopes.

Team ties
• Debrecen's Paris-born forward Adamo Coulibaly never played top-level football in his home country, leaving AS Poissy in 2007 for Belgian club K. Sint-Truidense VV. Via a spell at R. Antwerp FC he ended up at Debrecen this summer.

• Debrecen forward Gergely Rudolf began his professional career with French club AS Nancy-Lorraine. He spent two seasons in their first-team squad between 2005 and 2007 but made only one starting appearance in Ligue 1.

• Lyon midfielder Kim Källström was in the Sweden team that defeated Hungary 2-1 in a FIFA World Cup qualifying tie at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium on 5 September.

• Källström and Rudolf both scored when Sweden beat Hungary 2-1 in the reverse fixture in Solna on 10 September last year. Debrecen's Zoltán Szélesi also featured in that match with László Bodnár an unused substitute.

• Szélesi made 41 league appearances for French club RC Strasbourg between 2007 and 2009.