Rostov have been written off in some quarters, but having witnessed what they did to Ajax in the play-offs, PSV Eindhoven are not taking the Russian debutants lightly.
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- Rostov beat PSV's fellow Eredivisie side Ajax in the play-offs
- PSV have not won in their last six European away games
- Rostov are 24 matches unbeaten at home in all competitions
- Russian team have lost three of last four fixtures
- Ivan Daniliants unable to speak to media due to illness
Rostov: Dzhanaev; Kalachev, Mevlja, Navas, Granat, Kudryashov; Erokhin, Gatskan, Noboa, Poloz; Azmoun.
Out: Bukharov (muscular), Grigoryev (knee), Yaroshenko (ankle)
PSV: Zoet; Brenet, lsimat-Mirin, Moreno, Willems; Pröpper, Guardado, Hendrix; Pereiro, De Jong, Narsingh.
Out: Zinchenko (unknown), Locadia (groin)
Dmitri Kirichenko, Rostov assistant coach
Every game is important. People say PSV are the only team in this group we can take points off, but I don't see why. I saw them play against Atlético and they should have got a result out of it.
Yes, we failed to perform against Bayern but that was because we couldn't deal with the excitement of the occasion. We have not had much time to study PSV, but we are well prepared.
Phillip Cocu, PSV coach
Ajax had it very difficult here but not only Ajax. This Rostov team have demonstrated their quality across many matches. They play with a tight formation and give few chances away.
Of course we always try for the win. But when you look back, sometimes a point is valuable too.
Rostov 1-0 Lokomotiv Moskva (Poloz 41)
Rostov halted a sequence of three consecutive defeats, despite Aleksandr Erokhin being given his marching orders with seven minutes left.
Excelsior 1-3 PSV (Bruins 26pen; Narsingh 21, Luuk de Jong 45+2, Pröpper 83)
Davy Pröpper's third goal in four days sealed PSV's 13th straight away win – an Eredivisie record. Siem de Jong joined brother Luuk on the pitch in an official match for the first time when he replaced Andrés Guardado in the closing stages.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Reporter's view: Richard van Poortvliet (@UEFAcomRichVP)
Rostov will be desperate to get their first points after a matchday-one hammering in Munich. The side from the south of Russia's form has been patchy, yet they do have potential match winners in Sardar Azmoun and Christian Noboa. Indeed, PSV will not be underestimating Rostov, who eliminated Ajax in qualifying, and the Dutch team will also be battling to end a run of six European away games without a win.
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