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Dortmund turn sights to cementing top spot against Legia

Already qualified for the last 16, Borussia Dortmund will be looking to tie up first place in Group F and consign Legia Warszawa to bottom place when the clubs meet on matchday five.

Mario Götze opened the floodgates with Dortmund's first goal in their 6-0 win in Warsaw
Mario Götze opened the floodgates with Dortmund's first goal in their 6-0 win in Warsaw ©Getty Images

With qualification already assured, Borussia Dortmund will look to tie up first place in Group F when they host Legia Warszawa on matchday five.

• Dortmund hold a two-point advantage over Real Madrid CF at the top of the standings and with a victory would secure first place provided Madrid fail to win at Sporting CP in the section's other fixture.

• Legia will be consigned to bottom place in the group if they fail to defeat Dortmund and Sporting are victorious against Madrid.

Previous meetings
• Prior to this season the clubs had met only in a friendly in Warsaw on 29 July 2012, which Dortmund won 1-0 through a fourth-minute Robert Lewandowski goal.

• The line-ups were:
Legia: Kuciak (Skaba 61), Rzeźniczak, Żewłakow (Jędrzejczyk 46), Wawrzyniak, Suler (Astiz 46), Gol (Radović 46), Łukasik (Vrdoljak 46), Furman (Kopczyński 67), Żyro (Żurek 78), Kosecki (Kucharczyk 46), Saganowski (Ljuboja 46).
Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek (Bender 46), Santana (Bittencourt 46), Hummels (Subotić 46), Löwe (Schmelzer 46), Kehl (Kirch 46), Gündoğan (Günter 46), Błaszczykowski (Perišić 46), Grosskreutz (Amini 46), Reus (Leitner 46), Lewandowski (Schieber 46).

Match background

• Thomas Tuchel's team inflicted a 6-0 defeat on Legia when the clubs met in Warsaw on matchday one – their opponents' heaviest European loss.

• Since the beginning of last season Dortmund have lost just one of ten home games (W7 D2) in UEFA competition, including a 1-0 win against Sporting last time out.

• Dortmund's only previous home meeting with a Polish club came during their triumphant 1996/97 UEFA Champions League campaign when they beat RTS Widzew Łódź 2-1 in the group stage through two Heiko Herrlich goals.

• Besnik Hasi was the coach in charge of Legia for their 6-0 defeat by Dortmund on 14 September. Hasi lost his job five days later and by 24 September, Jacek Magiera had taken the reins in his place.

• The Polish title holders earned their first point in Group F when drawing 3-3 at home against Real Madrid on matchday four.

• Legia are still seeking a first victory in the UEFA Champions League since their last appearance in the group stage in 1995/96. That last win was against Blackburn Rovers FC (1-0) on 18 October 1995.

• Although Legia were unbeaten away from home in the qualifying rounds this season, in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League proper, they are on a seven-match losing streak on their travels.

• They have never beaten German opposition in nine previous attempts (D3 L6).

Coach and player links
• Visiting coach Magiera was a substitute when Legia last visited Germany for a 0-0 draw at FC Schalke 04 in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup second round. He had previously appeared as an 87th-minute substitute in Legia's 3-2 first-leg defeat.

• Łukasz Piszczek won the Polish league title with Zagłębie Lubin in 2006/07 thanks to a 2-1 last-day win at Legia. He faced Legia four times overall with Zagłębie (W2 L2).

• Adam Hloušek had spells in Germany with 1. FC Kaiserslautern (2011), 1. FC Nürnberg (2012–14) and VfB Stuttgart (2014–2016). His record against Dortmund is W0 D2 L3.

• Mikhail Aleksandrov spent three years in Dortmund's youth and reserve ranks (2007–2010), making five league appearances for their second team.

• Mario Götze and substitute André Schürrle were in the Germany side held 0-0 by the Poland of Michał Pazdan, substitute Tomasz Jodłowiec and their Dortmund team-mate Piszczek in the UEFA EURO 2016 group stage.

• Götze had scored twice when Germany beat Poland 3-1 in a EURO qualifier in Frankfurt in September 2015.

• Kasper Hämäläinen was in the Finland side beaten 2-0 by Götze and Julian Weigl's Germany in a friendly on 31 August this year.

• Roman Bürki made his Switzerland debut in November 2014 in a 2-2 draw against a Poland side featuring Michał Kucharczyk and substitute Łukasz Broź.

Match facts

• Raphaël Guerreiro is a booking away from a ban.

• The Schwarzgelben are eight games undefeated in all competitions following Saturday's 1-0 victory against Bayern München.

• Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who struck the winner against Bayern, scored four goals in a match for the first time in his Bundesliga career as Dortmund registered a 5-2 victory against Hamburger SV on 5 November.

• Ousmane Dembélé made his first senior start for France in their home friendly against Ivory Coast on 15 November.

• Marcel Schmelzer (out since 14 October, adductors) and Erik Durm (out since 21 May, knee) returned to action against Bayern, while Marco Reus (adductors), who has yet to play this season, has resumed full training.

• Sven Bender (ankle) and Neven Subotić (ribs) are long-term absentees. Reus missed the Bayern match with a minor heel problem.

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

• Legia have won four of their last five games in all competitions, drawing the other.

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