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Madrid scent qualification as they visit leaky Legia

Legia Warszawa are still looking for their first point in Group F as they host a Real Madrid side who have last-16 qualification within sight after a 5-1 home victory in the reverse fixture.

Marcelo holds off Miroslav Radović during the clubs' meeting in Madrid
Marcelo holds off Miroslav Radović during the clubs' meeting in Madrid ©AFP/Getty Images

Legia Warszawa are a team desperately seeking a change of fortune in Group F as they host reigning champions Real Madrid CF on matchday four.

Beaten 5-1 by the Merengues last time out, Legia sit bottom of the section without a point.

• Madrid will progress with a victory provided Borussia Dortmund defeat Sporting Clube de Portugal in the group's other game.

• If Legia lose they cannot finish in the top two. If they draw they must hope Dortmund lose.

Legia Warszawa
• Legia have begun their first UEFA Champions League group stage appearance since 1995/96 with three straight defeats. They have posted a goal difference of 1-13 so far – the highest number of goals conceded in this season's competition.

• Legia avoided defeat in three UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds but then suffered a club-record 6-0 home defeat against Dortmund on matchday one.

• Legia's home record against Spanish clubs is P4 W1 D1 L2. Jacek Magiera, now Legia coach but then a 25-year-old midfield player, was sent off when they last hosted Spanish opposition – the 1-0 defeat by FC Barcelona in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round second leg.

• Legia's only victory over Spanish opponents in eight attempts came in the 1970/71 European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-finals against Club Atlético de Madrid – and their 2-1 home victory still failed to save them from elimination on away goals, after a 1-0 first-leg loss in Madrid.

Real Madrid
• Zinédine Zidane's side sit level with Borussia Dortmund on seven points at the top of Group F.

• Including the 2-2 draw at Dortmund on matchday two, Madrid have lost just one of their last seven away fixtures in the UEFA Champions League.

• Madrid's record against Polish clubs is P7 W7. Prior to matchday three, they had last faced opponents from Poland when beating Wisła Kraków 5-1 on aggregate in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Zidane played in both matches – a 2-0 away success through two Fernando Morientes goals and a 3-1 home win in which Ronaldo (two) and Francisco Pavón scored.

Coach and player links
• As an FC Girondins de Bordeaux player, Zidane suffered a UEFA Cup second-round defeat at GKS Katowice on 18 October 1994 (aggregate 1-2).

• As well as featuring in both legs of Legia's 4-0 aggregate loss to Barcelona in 2002/03 UEFA Champions League qualifying, visiting coach Magiera was an unused substitute for their 6-1 defeat at Valencia CF in the 2001/02 UEFA Cup second round.

• Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty in Portugal's shoot-out victory against Poland in a UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final also featuring Pepe and Michał Pazdan.

• Mihail Alexandrov lost 4-0 at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu with PFC Ludogorets Razgrad in the 2014/15 group stage, and also featured in the Bulgarian club's preceding 2-1 home defeat by the Spanish side.

• Steeven Langil was an 89th-minute substitute for AJ Auxerre in their 4-0 defeat at Madrid in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage. He had previously started in their 1-0 home loss to the Merengues.

• Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe was in the Club Brugge KV side eliminated from the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League by Valencia in the round of 32. He lost away and home to Villarreal CF with Brugge in the 2010/11 group stage.

• Adam Hloušek played against Sergio Ramos as a substitute in the Czech Republic's 2-1 defeat against Spain in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier in Granada in March 2011.

Match facts

• Bartosz Bereszyński and Guilherme are both yellow cards away from a one-match ban.

• The Warsaw side have lost nine of their last 16 fixtures in all competitions.

• Legia have won just eight of their 25 matches this season.

Real Madrid
• Cristiano Ronaldo is on 98 goals in UEFA competition; he has 95 in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

• Zidane's men are 26 games unbeaten in all competitions, dating back to their 2-0 loss at VfL Wolfsburg in the first leg of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

• On 26 October, Marco Asensio scored twice in a 7-1 victory at third-tier Cultural Leonesa in the first leg of the teams' Copa del Rey round of 32 tie.

• On Saturday, Ronaldo scored his first Madrid hat-trick of the season in a 4-1 win at Deportivo Alavés.

• Gareth Bale has signed a new deal running to 2022. Lucas Vázquez extended his contract until June 2021 on 27 October.

• Having overcome a thigh injury, Fábio Coentrão made his first appearance of the season against Leonesa.

• Mariano Díaz scored his first goal for the club in the cup win.

• Bale, Toni Kroos, Luka Modrić, Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Ronaldo are among the 30 players shortlisted for the 2016 Ballon d'Or by France Football magazine.