København keep the faith as they prepare for Madrid
Monday, December 2, 2013
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.
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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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.