PSV Eindhoven take on Rostov on matchday six needing a victory to leapfrog the Russian champions and snatch third place in UEFA Champions League Group D.
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PSV Eindhoven take on FC Rostov on matchday six needing a victory to leapfrog the Russian champions and snatch third place in Group D. A win or draw for the visitors guarantees their participation in the UEFA Europa League knockout phase.
• Rostov hold a three-point lead over bottom-placed PSV thanks to their 3-2 home victory over FC Bayern München on 23 November – their first victory in the UEFA Champions League.
• On the same night PSV lost 2-0 at Club Atlético de Madrid and remain without a win in this season's competition.
• While only victory will extend their European season, Phillip Cocu's men need a draw to avoid equalling their lowest points total in a UEFA Champions League group stage campaign. Their poorest performance to date was in 1992/93 (one point) – the only time they have gone through a group stage in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League without winning a match.
• They came from behind to beat PFC CSKA Moskva 2-1 on matchday six of last season's UEFA Champions League group stage, Luuk de Jong and Davy Pröpper scoring in the final 12 minutes to propel the Dutch club into the knockout stage.
• PSV's overall home record against Russian opposition is W3 D0 L2.
• Ivan Daniliants' team drew 2-2 with PSV in Russia on matchday two and need only repeat that result in Eindhoven to secure third place and entry into the UEFA Europa League round of 32.
• The group stage newcomers have already avoided defeat in the Netherlands once this season, having held AFC Ajax 1-1 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off, with the help of a Christian Noboa free-kick. Noboa struck again – along with Sardar Azmoun, Aleksandr Erokhin and Dmitri Poloz – as Rostov won the return leg 4-1.
• Olexandr Zinchenko scored his first senior goal playing for FC Ufa in a 2-1 home league defeat by Rostov in July 2015.
• César Navas's FC Rubin suffered 2010/11 UEFA Europa League elimination against FC Twente in the round of 32, Luuk de Jong scoring the first goal in the Dutch side's 2-0 first-leg victory in Russia (agg 4-2).
• Luuk de Jong scored his first goal in ten games as PSV defeated ADO Den Haag 3-1 at home on 26 November.
• Andrés Guardado sustained a thigh injury during Mexico's 2-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying triumph over the United States on 18 November and was ruled out for up to four weeks.
• Jürgen Locadia (out since 28 August, groin), Jorrit Hendrix (28 September, knee) and Jetro Willems (23 November, head) are still sidelined.
• Aleksandr Gatskan will incur a suspension with his next booking.
• Gatskan was sent off two minutes after scoring the second goal in Rostov's 2-0 home win against FC Anji on 27 November.
• Three days later, Aleksandr Bukharov made his first start since 9 September in the 1-0 loss at FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast.
• Rostov announced the signing of Angola Under-21 defender Fernando Jacinto, younger brother of their former player Bastos, on 28 November.
Teams taking part in all of the matchday six UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches will observe a minute's silence to pay respect to the victims of last week's air disaster involving the Chapecoense team and accompanying delegation. The Brazilian club lost most of their players and coaching staff in the accident, which occurred in Colombia, where Chapecoense were due to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atlético Nacional.
"European football is united in expressing its deepest sympathy to Chapecoense, the Brazilian Football Confederation [CBF], CONMEBOL and the families of all the victims," said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. "This tragedy has shaken the world of football, and we would like to send our support to all of those affected by it."