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History hints at difficult night for Madrid in Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund will look to maintain their unbeaten home record against Real Madrid when they host the reigning European champions on matchday two.

Dortmund have never lost a home game against Madrid
Dortmund have never lost a home game against Madrid ©AFP/Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund go in search of a fourth straight home victory over Real Madrid CF when they host the reigning European champions on matchday two.

Previous meetings
• The clubs' record from five previous meetings on German soil is three wins for Dortmund, none for Madrid and two draws.

• They last met in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, Madrid prevailing 3-2 on aggregate en route to lifting the trophy.

• Gareth Bale, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo earned Carlo Ancelotti's Madrid a 3-0 first-leg lead before Dortmund, managed by Jürgen Klopp, narrowed the deficit with a 2-0 victory in Germany through two Marco Reus strikes.

• The line-ups for that second leg on 8 April 2014 were:
Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek (Aubameyang 81), Friedrich, Hummels, Durm, Kirch, Mkhitaryan, Jojić, Reus, Grosskreutz, Lewandowski.
Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Fábio Coentrão, Alonso, Illarramendi (Isco 46), Modrić, Di María (Casemiro 73), Bale, Benzema (Varane 90+1).

• The teams met in the group stage of the 2012/13 competition when Dortmund finished above Madrid with the help of a 2-1 home win – Robert Lewandowski and Marcel Schmelzer scoring either side of Ronaldo – and a 2-2 draw in Madrid where Pepe and Marco Reus featured on the scoresheet.

• The clubs were reunited in the semi-finals that season and Dortmund won the first leg 4-1 at home, Lewandowski getting all four goals and sending his side through despite a 2-0 reverse in Madrid where Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos scored.

• The line-ups for the semi-final first leg at the BVB Stadion on 24 April 2013 were:
Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek (Grosskreutz 83), Subotić, Hummels, Schmelzer, Błaszczykowski (Kehl 82), Bender, Gündoğan (Schieber 90), Götze, Reus, Lewandowski.
Madrid: López, Pepe, Varane, Ramos, Fábio Coentrão, Alonso (Kaká 80), Khedira, Modrić (Di María 68), Ronaldo, Özil, Higuaín (Benzema 68).

• Roman Weidenfeller is the solitary survivor of the sides' meetings in the 2002/03 second group stage, when Madrid won 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu and then drew 1-1 in Dortmund. Zinédine Zidane played in both matches too.

• Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc and youth-team coordinator Lars Ricken played in Dortmund's 1997/98 UEFA Champions League semi-final loss to Madrid (0-2 a, 0-0 h).

Match background

• Dortmund began Group F with a 6-0 win at Legia Warszawa – their biggest away victory in UEFA competition.

• Dortmund averaged three goals a game at home in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League. Their record was P8 W6 D1 L1 F24 A5.

• The Bundesliga side have won their last four home matches against Spanish visitors. Their overall record at home against Liga opposition is W7 D3 L2.

• Madrid left it late to snatch three points from Sporting Clube de Portugal on matchday one, winning 2-1 through goals from Ronaldo (89) and Álvaro Morata (90+4)

• Their record on the road in last season's competition was W3 D2 L1. That solitary defeat was a 2-0 reverse at a VfL Wolfsburg team containing André Schürrle in the quarter-finals. Madrid recovered to beat the Bundesliga club 3-0 back at the Bernabéu.

• Madrid's overall record away to German sides is P29 W4 D6 L19.

Coach and player links
• Zidane was in the Juventus team defeated 3-1 by Dortmund in the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League final.

• Nuri Şahin spent 2011/12 with Madrid, making 12 appearances.

• Łukasz Piszczek's Poland suffered a UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final defeat on penalties against Ronaldo and Pepe's Portugal.

• Nuri Şahin was in the Turkey team beaten 3-0 by the Spain of Sergio Ramos and the two-goal Morata in the UEFA EURO 2016 group stage.

• Schürrle and Toni Kroos each scored twice as Germany beat a Brazil side containing Marcelo 7-1 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.

• Kroos played 17 times against Dortmund for Leverkusen and Bayern, scoring one goal (W5 D3 L9).

• Marc Bartra's only outing for FC Barcelona against Madrid came in their 2-1 Copa del Rey final defeat in 2014.

• Mario Götze was in the FC Bayern München side beaten by Madrid in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

• As a Bayer 04 Leverkusen player in 2012/13, Carvajal lost home (2-3) and away (0-3) to Dortmund.

• International team-mates (non-Germany/Spain):
Raphaël Guerreiro & Cristiano Ronaldo & Pepe (Portugal)
Adrián Ramos & James Rodríguez (Colombia)
Ousmane Dembélé & Raphaël Varane (France)

Match facts

• Dortmund have scored 20 goals – distributed between 12 players – in their last four games.

• Thomas Tuchel's men followed up their 6-0 win at Legia with an identical victory at home to SV Darmstadt 98 on 17 September. They then prevailed 5-1 against a VfL Wolfsburg side that had hitherto not conceded a goal in the Bundesliga this season and on Friday overcame SC Freiburg 3-1.

• By beating Freiburg, Dortmund matched their club record of 24 home Bundesliga fixtures without defeat, set between January 1965 and April 1966 and equalled from November 2001 to March 2003.

• Sebastian Rode and Emre Mor registered their first Dortmund goals in the defeat of Darmstadt; Dembélé did likewise away to Wolfsburg, where Piszczek was on target for the first time in the Bundesliga since 3 May 2014.

• Bartra was substituted early on in Wolfsburg due to an adductor strain and missed the visit of Freiburg.

• Schürrle has sat out Dortmund's last four encounters with the knee injury he sustained in the 1-0 loss at RB Leipzig on 10 September.

• Sven Bender has not played for Dortmund this season due to the ankle injury he suffered at the Olympic Games, where he and Matthias Ginter won silver medals.

• Reus (adductors), Neven Subotić (ribs) and Erik Durm (knee) are long-term injury absentees.

• Zidane's men are unbeaten in 19 in all competitions, dating back to their 2-0 loss at Wolfsburg in the first leg of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

• The Merengues twice surrendered the lead in drawing 2-2 away to UD Las Palmas on Saturday. Ronaldo was withdrawn with 18 minutes remaining.

• Villarreal CF denied Madrid what would have been a Liga record 17th consecutive victory when they drew 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu on 21 September.

• Ramos headed the equaliser against Villarreal, his second Liga goal of the campaign and third overall, equalling his tally from last term.

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