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København keep the faith as they prepare for Madrid

Real Madrid CF will be looking to complete their group stage campaign with a flourish away to FC København, who are fourth but not without hope of reaching the UEFA Europa League.

København will need to watch Ángel Di María after his two goals in the matchday two fixture
København will need to watch Ángel Di María after his two goals in the matchday two fixture ©Getty Images

Real Madrid CF assured themselves of finishing as Group B winners with a fourth win in five games on matchday five and will now be looking to complete their fixtures with a flourish at eliminated FC København.

• København are in fourth place but can qualify for the UEFA Europa League with victory. A draw would also secure third place should Galatasaray lose at home to Juventus.

• The matchday two fixture between the teams ended in a 4-0 Madrid win, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ángel Di María both scoring twice.

• København are unbeaten at home in this season's group stage, drawing 1-1 with Juventus on matchday one before beating Galatasaray 1-0. A 3-1 loss at Juventus on matchday five ended their hopes of reaching the round of 16.

• Madrid started with a 6-1 win at Galatasaray, Ronaldo firing a second-half hat-trick, and drew 2-2 in Turin in their other away game, Ronaldo making it eight goals in four games to equal the record number of goals in a UEFA Champions League group stage.

• A 4-1 home win against Galatasaray last time out made certain of first place for Madrid.

Previous meetings
• The 2 October meeting was the first between the teams and the first time Madrid had faced Danish opposition since 1994/95.

• The UEFA Cup third round tie against Odense BK proved something of a surprise with the Spanish giants winning the away leg 3-2 before going down 2-0 at home. Only one of their four other games in Denmark had failed to produce a victory: the 1967/68 European Champion Clubs' Cup second round against Hvidovre ended 2-2 with Madrid winning 4-1 in the return.

• Madrid's record against Danish sides is W9 D1 L1.

• In nine games against Spanish sides København have lost five and drawn four; at home their results are D2 L2. The last of those assignments came in their most recent UEFA Champions League campaign, in 2010/11. Paired with Barcelona in the group stage, they drew 1-1 at home after losing 2-0 away.

Match background
• In their eighth successive European group stage, København – exempt from the qualifying rounds for the first time – were last in the UEFA Champions League in 2010/11 when they finished second in their group behind FC Barcelona, collecting seven points from their three home games. In the round of 16 they lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea FC, drawing 0-0 in the return.

• København are unbeaten at home in the group stage, recording five wins and three draws to date.

• Liga runners-up in 2012/13, Madrid have scored in all their last 20 UEFA Champions League away fixtures, losing only four. Last season they were Group D runners-up behind Borussia Dortmund. They won away at AFC Ajax 4-1, drew 1-1 at Manchester City FC and lost 2-1 in Dortmund. They also triumphed 2-1 at Manchester United FC in the round of 16 but lost 3-2 at Galatasaray AŞ in the quarter-final second leg, although they still went through having triumphed 3-0 at home.

• They were not so fortunate in the semi-final, a 4-1 loss in Dortmund leading to a 4-3 aggregate defeat and a third successive last-four loss.

Team ties
• During his first spell as København coach, Ståle Solbakken oversaw four games against Spanish opposition. His record against Valencia CF, Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid reads W0 D2 L2.

• Xabi Alonso scored twice in Spain's 3-0 friendly victory against Denmark at Parken on 20 August 2008. Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Lars Jacobsen all featured.

• Ronaldo scored in both Portugal's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers against Denmark. He earned a 3-1 win in Porto on 8 October 2010 – a game which also featured Pepe, Fábio Coentrão and Jacobsen – before a 2-1 loss at the Parken Stadium 12 months later.

• Kris Stadsgaard played for Málaga CF between 2010 and 2012, making 25 appearances and scoring his only goal in a 4-1 home defeat by Madrid on 16 October 2010.

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