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Bayer 04 Leverkusen have revenge on their minds on matchday two against SL Benfica, who have come out on top in the two knockout ties between the sides.

Stefan Kiessling was on target three times in Leverkusen's play-off victory over København
Stefan Kiessling was on target three times in Leverkusen's play-off victory over København ©Getty Images

Bayer 04 Leverkusen have a point to prove against SL Benfica when the sides come face to face on matchday two.

Previous meetings
• Benfica won both legs of the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League round of 32 encounter, 1-0 in the Rhineland through Óscar Cardozo's brilliant finish and 2-1 at home.

• The lineups in Germany on 14 February 2013 were:
Leverkusen: Leno, Schwaab, Wollscheid, Rolfes, Bender, Schürrle (Sam 46), Kiessling, Hegeler, Hosogai (Boenisch 82), Kadlec, Castro (Milik 70).
Benfica: Artur, Luisão, Cardozo (Lima 72), John, Gaitán, Matić, Urreta (Salvio 57), Garay, Melgarejo, André Almeida, André Gomes (Pérez 42).

• In Lisbon, Ola John increased Benfica's lead and Nemanja Matić restored the two-goal overall advantage after André Schürrle had equalised on the night.

• The sides also met in the 1993/94 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals, Toni's Benfica ousting Dragoslav Stepanović's Leverkusen on away goals after a 1-1 draw in Lisbon and a 4-4 draw in Germany.

• The teams in Leverkusen on 15 March 1994 were:
Leverkusen: Heinen, Becker (Fischer 65), Happe, Wörns, Foda, Lupescu, Tolkmitt (Paulo Sérgio 65), Schuster, Kirsten, Hapal, Thom.
Benfica: Neno, Xavier, William, Hélder Cristóvão, Schwarz, Kulkov, Vítor Paneira, João Pinto, Yuran (Rui Águas 89), Rui Costa (Hernâni 86), Isaías.

Match background

• Leverkusen qualified for their ninth group stage campaign with a 7-2 aggregate win over FC København in the play-offs, Stefan Kiessling scoring three. They lost 1-0 at AS Monaco FC on matchday one.

• After finishing second in their group last season, they went out against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16, losing 4-0 at home and 2-1 away.

• The 2001/02 runners-up won their first two home games in last year's group stage but then lost 5-0 at home to Manchester United FC. The Paris reverse means they have lost their last two games at the BayArena, conceding nine and scoring none.

• The Werkself's record in 12 games against Portuguese sides reads W4 D3 L5 (W3 D1 L2 at home – W1 D2 L3 in Portugal).

• The Portuguese champions – European Champion Clubs' Cup winners in 1961 and 1962 – are in their tenth group stage campaign.

• Last season they finished third in their section, losing their first two games on their travels before winning at RSC Anderlecht. In only one of their last six campaigns (2011/12) have they qualified for the knockout rounds.

• In the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League, the Eagles reached the final for the second successive season, drawing 0-0 with Sevilla FC in Turin but losing 4-2 on penalties. In the preceding rounds they recorded three away wins before a 0-0 draw at Juventus in the semi-finals. 

• Benfica's 38 games against German clubs have ended W12 D12 L14 (W10 D6 L2 in Lisbon – W2 D6 L12 in Germany). Their first win in 19 games on German soil came in a 2010/11 UEFA Cup round of 32 tie when they beat VfB Stuttgart 2-0.

• In their last five European away games Benfica have won four and drawn the other.

Coach and player links
• Andreas Samaris and Kyriakos Papadopoulos are team-mates in the Greece national side.

• Josip Drmić and Loris Benito play together for Switzerland and did so previously at FC Zürich (2012–2013).

Match facts


• Leverkusen drew 0-0 at SC Freiburg on Saturday despite losing Emir Spahić to two yellow cards before the half-hour. The hosts also ended with ten men, Pavel Krmaš dismissed 12 minutes from time.

• Leverkusen had Giulio Donati sent off after seven minutes as they suffered their first Bundesliga defeat of the season on 21 September, going down 4-1 at VfL Wolfsburg.

• Vladlen Yurchenko came off the bench for his Leverkusen debut in the 1-0 home win against FC Augsburg three days later.

• Ömer Toprak returned from a calf injury against Freiburg on Saturday after missing two games while Gonzalo Castro has sat out the last two matches due to muscular problems.

• Simon Rolfes and Julian Brandt are recovering from ankle injuries. Papadopoulos dislocated his right shoulder in training on 13 September.

• Stefan Kiessling has scored nine goals in ten games this season. Five of them came in a 6-0 win at sixth-tier SV Alemannia Waldalgesheim on 15 August in the German Cup first round.

• It took Karim Bellarabi nine seconds to score the first goal of their league season in a 2-0 win at Borussia Dortmund – the fastest ever Bundesliga goal.

• Tin Jedvaj, who made his Croatia debut in September, scored at both ends in Leverkusen's 4-2 win at home to Hertha BSC Berlin on 30 August. At 18 years and 275 days, he is the youngest player ever to do so in the Bundesliga.


• Artur is serving a one-game ban following his 18th-minute dismissal at home to Zenit on matchday one.

• Talisca announced his return from a left ankle injury with two goals in the opening eight minutes as Benfica won 3-2 at Estoril Praia on Saturday, Lima getting the winner after the hosts had pulled it back to 2-2.

• Benfica have won five of their six league games this season, conceding just four goals.

• The Eagles' 51-match unbeaten home run in all competitions ended with a 2-0 defeat by Zenit on matchday one.

• Benfica have not been defeated in the league at home since a 3-2 loss to FC Porto on 2 March 2012.

• Júlio César made his Benfica debut on 21 September in the 3-1 home victory over Moreirense FC, a fixture in which full-backs Maxi Pereira and Eliseu both scored their second league goals of the season.

• Benfica completed the clean sweep of domestic trophies in 2014 on 10 August, prevailing 3-2 on penalties after the Portuguese Super Cup against Rio Ave FC ended 0-0 at 120 minutes.

• Rúben Amorim was left out of Benfica's UEFA Champions League squad after suffering knee ligament damage in the 1-0 win at Boavista FC on 24 August.