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Sporting and Dortmund meet for first time

Sporting Clube de Portugal will hope to put recent setbacks against Bundesliga opposition behind them when they host Group F rivals Borussia Dortmund on matchday three.

Jorge Jesus will hope Sporting can improve on their recent record against German sides
Jorge Jesus will hope Sporting can improve on their recent record against German sides ©AFP/Getty Images

Sporting Clube de Portugal will hope to put recent setbacks against Bundesliga opposition behind them when they host Borussia Dortmund in the Group F rivals' first-ever meeting on matchday three.

Match background

• Sporting lost 2-1 at Real Madrid CF on matchday one but bounced back with a 2-0 home victory over Legia Warszawa last time out.

• The Lisbon club have won only two of their previous 12 home meetings with German teams (D5 L5).

• In each of the last two seasons Sporting have suffered UEFA Europa League elimination against German sides, losing to Bayer 04 Leverkusen (1-4 agg) in 2015/16 and VfL Wolfsburg (0-2 agg) in 2014/15. Bas Dost scored both goals for a Wolfsburg team also including André Schürrle.

• Sporting's last home victory over visitors from the Bundesliga was against FC Schalke 04 (4-2) in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Adrien Silva scored the only goal when they beat German opponents for the first time at the 17th attempt – home or away – when defeating Hertha BSC Berlin 1-0 in Lisbon in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage. Łukasz Piszczek and Adrián Ramos were in the Hertha side.

• Thomas Tuchel's men sit top of Group F with four points having won 6-0 at Legia on matchday one – their record European away victory – then drawn 2-2 at home against Madrid.

• Dortmund have won six of their last nine European away games (W6 D1 L2) since the start of last season.

• Dortmund won in Portugal for the first time in February this year when defeating FC Porto 1-0, through an Iker Casillas own goal, in the UEFA Europa League round of 32. They had won the home leg 2-0, Piszczek and Marco Reus scoring.

• Dortmund's away record against Portuguese sides is W1 D0 L3.

Coach and player links
• Jorge Jesus's record against German clubs is P15 W5 D2 L8.

• The UEFA Intertoto Cup aside, Jesus had his first taste of European competition as coach of CF Os Belenenses against FC Bayern München in the first round of the UEFA Cup in 2007/08 (0-1 a, 0-2 h).

• His biggest victory over German opposition was with SL Benfica – a 4-0 UEFA Europa League round of 32 home success over a Hertha side containing Piszczek and Ramos in February 2010.

• Schürrle got the better of Sporting with two different clubs in 2014/15. After playing in two Chelsea FC wins in the UEFA Champions League group stage – 1-0 away, 3-1 home, scoring past Rui Patrício in the latter – he appeared in both legs of Wolfsburg's UEFA Europa League round of 32 success.

• Dost scored in Wolfsburg's 3-1 victory over Dortmund in the 2015 German Cup final. He had got Wolfsburg's winner in a 3-2 success at Dortmund in the 2012/13 Bundesliga season.

• Dost was also a scorer when Wolfsburg beat Tuchel's Mainz 3-0 in the 2013/14 Bundesliga.

• Also played in Germany:
Luc Castaignos (Eintracht Frankfurt, 2015/16 – P1 W1 v Dortmund)
João Pereira (Hannover 96, 2014/15)

• Piszczek was in the Poland side beaten on penalties in the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-finals by a Portugal side including Rui Patrício, William Carvalho and Adrien Silva.

• Matthias Ginter scored in Germany's 4-0 win over a Portugal side captained by Sporting B defender Ricardo Esgaio at the Rio Olympics.

• Sokratis Papastathopoulos hit a 91st-minute Greece equaliser to cancel out Bryan Ruiz's goal for Costa Rica when the countries drew 1-1 in the last 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ruiz had the final word, converting a spot kick in Costa Rica's 5-3 shoot-out success.

• Ruiz also traded goals with Shinji Kagawa when his Costa Rica side lost 3-1 to Japan in a 2014 friendly.

• Have played together:
Sebastián Coates & Nuri Şahin (Liverpool FC, 2012/13)
Bas Dost & Andre Schürrle (VfL Wolfsburg, 2015–16)

Match facts

Sporting CP
• Jorge Jesus completes a two-match touchline ban.

• Sporting have won their last nine home games in all competitions, since a 1-0 loss to SL Benfica in March.

• Sporting have conceded ten goals in their last six matches.

• Sporting have scored in each of their last 19 matches in all competitions.

• Dost has scored five goals in six appearances since arriving from VfL Wolfsburg in late August.

• For the first time in Liga history, Sporting let a three-goal lead slip against Vitória SC on 1 October. The visitors conceded three in the last 16 minutes to draw 3-3.

• Sporting captain Adrien had knee surgery at the start of October and will be sidelined until mid-November.

• Gelson Martins earned his first caps for Portugal in 6-0 wins against Andorra (7 October) and Faroe Islands (10 October). He made two assists in 20 minutes after coming on against the Faroes.

• Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell scored in Costa Rica's 4-3 victory over Russia in a friendly on 9 October. Rúben Semedo was on target for Portugal in their 7-1 U21 EURO qualifying win against Liechtenstein two days later.

• Dortmund have gone 25 home Bundesliga fixtures without defeat (W21 D4), breaking a club record set between January 1965 and April 1966 and equalled from November 2001 to March 2003. Their last defeat was to FC Bayern München on 4 April 2015 (0-1).

• Marc Bartra is available again after three games out with an adductor problem. Gonzalo Castro (adductors) and Schürrle (knee) are both carrying knocks.

• Sven Bender (ankle), Reus (adductors), Neven Subotić (ribs) and Erik Durm (knee) are long-term injury absentees. Reus resumed light training on 11 October.

• Papastathopoulos will sit out matchday three after picking up an adductor injury while on duty with Greece. Raphaël Guerreiro (thigh) and Piszczek (knee) also returned from international duty with knocks.

• Ousmane Dembélé sat out France U21 duty because of an ankle injury but came on as a substitute during Friday's 1-1 draw with Hertha BSC Berlin.

• Marcel Schmelzer limped off with an adductor injury against Hertha and will be unavailable for up to three weeks.

• Schürrle is the first German player to score for four different teams in the UEFA Champions League (Leverkusen, Chelsea, Wolfsburg and Dortmund).

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