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Roma still seeking first win as Leverkusen visit

AS Roma will try to improve on their recent European home form as they take on Bayer 04 Leverkusen looking for a belated first victory in UEFA Champions League Group E.

Daniele De Rossi and Javier Hernández contest possession on matchday three
Daniele De Rossi and Javier Hernández contest possession on matchday three ©Getty Images

AS Roma will try again for a first win in Group E when they host Bayer 04 Leverkusen on matchday four.

• Rudi Garcia's Giallorossi came from two goals down to lead Leverkusen 4-2 entering the final six minutes of the sides' encounter in Germany on matchday three but had to settle for a point after late strikes by Kevin Kampl and Admir Mehmedi. 

• For bottom-placed Roma it is the first time they have reached the midway point of a UEFA Champions League group stage without a win since 2004/05 – and then as now they met Leverkusen in the competition.

Previous meetings
• Leverkusen finished top of the group and Roma bottom when the clubs met in the 2004/05 group stage.

• Leverkusen beat Roma 3-1 at home, overturning a first-half Dimitar Berbatov own goal through second-half strikes by Roque Júnior, Jacek Krzynówek and França. Roma finished with nine men after the dismissals of Christian Panucci and Daniele De Rossi.

• The sides reconvened at the Stadio Olimpico a fortnight later where Berbatov gave Leverkusen an 82nd-minute lead only for Vincenzo Montella to snatch a 1-1 draw with an added-time equaliser.

• The lineups in Rome on 3 November 2004 were:
Roma: Zotti, Sartor (Chivu 63), Dellas, Mexès, Cufré, Mancini, De Martino, Aquilani, D'Agostino (Mido 63), Montella (Corvia 90+5), Totti.
Leverkusen: Butt, Ramelow, Juan (Nowotny 49), Roque Júnior, Krzynówek, Babić, Balitsch, Placente, Schneider (Freier 86), Ponté (Callsen-Bracker 90+5), Berbatov.

Match background

• Roma have won only one of their last eight home matches in UEFA club competition.

• That sequence includes their 7-1 defeat by FC Bayern München in last season's group stage – the last time they hosted a Bundesliga side.

• Roma's overall home record against German visitors is W7 D1 L4.

• Leverkusen have already lost at the Stadio Olimpico once this term when succumbing 1-0 to SS Lazio in the first leg of a play-off tie they eventually won 3-1 on aggregate through second-leg goals from Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Mehmedi and Karim Bellarabi.

• Roger Schmidt's men would move four points clear in second place in Group E if they win in Rome and Barcelona beat FC BATE Borisov in the section's other fixture.

• The Bundesliga side have won only once in eight previous visits to Italy (W1 D3 L4). That 1-0 success at Udinese Calcio in the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup third round came courtesy of a Michael Ballack goal, yet Leverkusen were still eliminated after losing the second leg 2-1 at home.

Coach and player links
• Leverkusen technical director Rudi Völler played for Roma (1987–92), scoring 45 goals in 142 Serie A appearances. He scored in the club's first win on German soil, 3-1 at 1. FC Nürnberg in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup first round. Völler had a brief spell as Roma coach in 2004.

• As coach of LOSC Lille, Rudi Garcia lost home (0-1) and away (1-6) to Bayern in the 2012/13 group stage.

• Francesco Totti first faced Bundesliga opponents as a Roma player in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup second-round defeat by Karlsruher SC. He and De Rossi both scored when the Giallorossi last tasted victory over German opposition – 3-2 at home against Bayern in the group stage in November 2010.

• Tin Jedvaj spent 2013/14 with Roma, appearing twice in Serie A.

• Giulio Donati began his career at FC Internazionale Milano for whom he made his only appearance in a Coppa Italia game against AS Livorno Calcio in 2009/10 in which he was replaced by Maicon.

• Seydou Keita appeared as a substitute in Barcelona's 7-1 defeat of Leverkusen in the 2011/12 round of 16. He had lost 3-0 at Leverkusen with RC Lens in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup round of 16 (agg 2-4).

• Edin Džeko played for VfL Wolfsburg from 2007–11, winning the Bundesliga in 2009. He scored twice in six matches against Leverkusen (W1 D1 L4).

• As a VfB Stuttgart player (2010–15), Antonio Rüdiger failed to beat Leverkusen in four attempts (D1 L3).

• Wojciech Szczęsny was in goal for Poland when they earned a 2-0 home win over a Germany side including Christoph Kramer, Bellarabi and Rüdiger in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying in October last year.

• Javier Hernández scored in Mexico's 2-1 loss to De Rossi's Italy at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. In 2012 he and Džeko were both on target in Mexico's 2-1 friendly defeat of a Bosnia and Herzegovina team also including Miralem Pjanić.

• Players who have played together:
Rüdiger & Lars Bender, Bellarabi, Kramer (Germany)
Sebastian Boenisch & Szczęsny (Poland)
Salih Uçan & Ömer Toprak, Hakan Çalhanoğlu (Turkey)
Kyriakos Papadopoulos & Vasilis Torosidis, Kostas Manolas (Greece)
Papadopoulos & Torosidis (Olympiacos FC, 2007–10)
Donati & Maicon (Inter 2009/10)
Rüdiger & Bernd Leno (Germany Under-21)

Match facts

• De Rossi and Radja Nainggolan are a booking away from a suspension.

• Roma's five-game unbeaten run (four of them wins) ended with a 1-0 defeat at FC Internazionale Milano on Saturday, allowing the hosts to leapfrog the Giallorossi at the Serie A summit. Miralem Pjanić was sent off 17 minutes from time.

• It was the first time Roma have failed to score in 25 fixtures in all competitions, a run dating back to 19 March when they lost 3-0 at home to ACF Fiorentina in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg.

• Gervinho has scored six goals in his last eight club appearances, his most recent strike coming in the 3-1 home victory over Udinese on 28 October, when Pjanić was also on target. The Bosnian international is on a run of five in eight games.

• Totti has not played since suffering a thigh injury against Carpi FC 1909 on 26 September. The Roma captain lasted only nine minutes after replacing Džeko at half-time.

• Kyriakos Papadopoulos's next yellow card will incur a booking.

• Leverkusen have scored 15 goals in their last four games – Hernández has contributed six of them.

• Mehmedi followed up his late equaliser on matchday three with an 89th-minute winner to defeat Stuttgart 4-3 on 24 October.

• Vladlen Yurchenko, with his first goal for Leverkusen, rounded off the scoring in a 6-0 German Cup second round victory at FC Viktoria Köln on 28 October. Leverkusen travel to fourth-division SpVgg Unterhaching in the last 16 on 15/16 December.

• Skipper Lars Bender missed Saturday's 2-1 loss at VfL Wolfsburg due to an ankle problem.

• Jedvaj (out since 17 July, thigh) made his comeback as a substitute in the 0-0 draw at Hamburger SV on 17 October only to sustain another thigh injury in training five days later that is expected to sideline him for the rest of the year.

• Charles Aránguiz tore his Achilles tendon in training on 20 August, while Roberto Hilbert (8 October, left knee) will miss the rest of the year. Seung-Woo Ryu, who has not played this season, has been absent since mid-October with an ankle injury.