Having earned a 2-2 draw in Belgrade, RSC Anderlecht will be seeking to finish the job as FK Partizan travel to Brussels for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off tie.
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RSC Anderlecht will be seeking to finish the job as FK Partizan travel to Brussels for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League play-off.
• The first game in Belgrade finished 2-2, Guillaume Gillet giving Anderlecht a 54th-minute lead before Cléo (57) and a Jan Lecjaks own goal (64) turned the game in Partizan's favour. Within two minutes, however, Roland Juhász levelled to ensure the teams are all square ahead of the second instalment.
• Both teams failed to reach the group stage a year ago, Partizan losing to APOEL FC in the third qualifying round, a 1-0 second-leg win at home not enough after a 2-0 defeat in Cyprus. Anderlecht were overwhelmed by Olympique Lyonnais in the play-offs, losing 5-1 in France and 3-1 at home but each have experience of what it takes to emerge from the qualifying competition.
• Belgian champions Anderlecht played in the initial group stage for six out of seven seasons between 2000 and 2006, but have not featured since. Before the Lyon defeat, the Brussels club had lost to Fenerbahçe SK 3-0 on aggregate in the 2007/08 third qualifying round and 4-3 over two legs to FC BATE Borisov of Belarus a round earlier the next season.
• Anderlecht have also successfully negotiated a UEFA Champions League qualifying campaign, progressing to the group stage in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
• Ariël Jacobs' side eased past The New Saints FC in the third qualifying round this season, winning 3-1 in Wales before a 3-0 home triumph.
• Partizan made their sole group-stage appearance in 2003/04, ousting Newcastle United FC in a penalty shoot-out in the third qualifying round after each side had won 1-0 away from home. In the group stage, the Serbian side collected three points in six outings to finish bottom of Group F, drawing all three home games against eventual winners FC Porto, Real Madrid CF and Olympique de Marseille.
• The first-leg draw ended the Belgrade club's run of four successive wins in the competition this season. They had previously defeated Armenia's FC Pyunik (3-1 home, 1-0 away) and HJK Helsinki (3-0 home, 2-1 away) in the second and third qualifying rounds respectively.
• While these teams had never met before the first leg, Anderlecht have previously faced Serbian opposition in the shape of FK Crvena Zvezda. The Belgian club were 4-2 aggregate victors in the 1981/82 European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-finals, winning each leg 2-1, before each side recorded 3-2 home wins in the group stage of the 1991/92 competition, Anderlecht's 3-2 victory ending Crvena Zvezda's defence of the trophy although neither side progressed to the final.
• Partizan's experience of Belgian sides is more recent, although they had lost all three games against Eerste Klasse opposition before the first meeting with Anderlecht. That losing run started with a 1-0 home reverse against R. Standard de Liège in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage, before losses away (0-2) and home (2-4) to Club Brugge KV at the same stage of the UEFA Europa League last season, when Partizan failed to progress to the round of 32.
• Nemanja Rnić spent five years in the Partizan first team before moving to Anderlecht in 2008. The defender scored twice in 80 league appearances for the Belgrade side, winning league titles in 2004 and 2008 and adding the Serbian Cup in the latter campaign.
• Almami Moreira was at Standard between 2001 and 2006, scoring 18 goals in 112 league appearances for the club. Two of those goals came in wins against Anderlecht, in October 2001 and December 2005.
• Anderlecht goalkeeper Silvio Proto made his international debut for Belgium against Serbia in a 2-0 home defeat in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying on 17 November 2004.