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Shakhtar Donetsk v Rapid Wien background

Marlos's goal in Vienna has left Mircea Lucescu's Shakhtar Donetsk within sight of the group stage, but Rapid Wien are not incapable of an away shock, as Ajax know well.

Rapid Wien's Stephan Auer is held off by Shakhtar's Marlos
Rapid Wien's Stephan Auer is held off by Shakhtar's Marlos ©Getty Images

Shakhtar Donetsk have one foot in the UEFA Champions League group stage as they welcome Rapid Wien, with the Ukrainian side a goal to the good in the play-off tie.

Previous meetings
Marlos scored the only goal for Shakhtar in Austria as the sides met for the first time in the opening leg of this tie.

Form guide
• Shakhtar have won both of their previous home games against Austrian opponents.

• Rapid's record in five away matches against Ukrainian teams is W1 D0 L4; that lone win was a 4-2 success against Dynamo Kyiv in qualifying for the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League, in which current coach Zoran Barisic featured as a midfielder.

• Rapid last participated in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2005/06. They have caused a stir this term by overcoming Ajax to make it to the play-offs.

• Shakhtar have not missed a UEFA Champions League group stage campaign since 2009/10, when they lost to Romania's Timişoara in the third qualifying round.

Links and trivia
• Shakhtar's record in their five European 'home' games at the Arena Lviv is W2 D2 L1, with Athletic Club (1-0 in last season's UEFA Champions League group stage) the only visitors to beat the Pitmen at their temporary European base.

• Rapid's 3-2 triumph at Ajax in this month's third qualifying round ended a four-match (D1 L3) winless streak on the road in Europe.

• Shakhtar's Marlos and Taison were in the Metalist Kharkiv side that defeated Rapid 2-0 at home in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage before losing 1-0 in Austria. They came up against current Rapid players Thomas Schrammel, Mario Sonnleitner, Deni Alar and Steffen Hofmann.

• The second leg of the Rapid tie falls the day after Shakhtar forward Olexandr Gladkiy's 28th birthday.

• Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu signed off as Romania coach with a 4-0 home win against Austria in September 1986.

• Lucescu previously coached another Rapid – Rapid Bucureşti – in two spells (1997–98 and 1999–2000).

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