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Porto under pressure for Leipzig return

Leipzig got their first European win at the third attempt on matchday three and avoiding defeat again against Porto would keep them ahead of their opponents in Group G.

Porto captain Iván Marcano in Leipzig
Porto captain Iván Marcano in Leipzig ©AFP/Getty Images

RB Leipzig will always remember FC Porto, having recorded their first European win at the expense of the Portuguese side on matchday three. Those three points have pushed the German debutants up into second place in Group G ahead of the return trip to Portugal.

Leipzig beat Porto 3-2 last time out and now have four points, one more than their opponents although five fewer than Group G leaders Beşiktaş JK.

Match background

• Having lost 3-1 against Beşiktaş on matchday one, Porto have won only two of their last eight home matches in European competition. In last autumn's group stage, they picked up seven points at home.

• In 2015/16, Porto lost 2-0 away and 1-0 at home to Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Europa League round of 32. That made it three successive defeats against Bundesliga opponents.

• The Portuguese club were seven games unbeaten (W5 D2) at home to German visitors before losing to Dortmund.

• Porto's 32 matches against German teams have ended W12 D7 L13 (W8 D3 L4 at home). However, their most notable result against German opponents came on neutral territory, in Vienna, where they beat Bayern 2-1 in the 1987 European Champion Clubs' Cup final

• This is Porto's seventh successive group stage campaign and their record-equalling 22nd in total. In 2016/17, they reached the round of 16, bowing out against eventual runners-up Juventus (0-2 home, 0-1 away).

• Porto had lost their previous three UEFA Champions League fixtures, home and away, before winning at Monaco on matchday two  their second victory in their last six games in the competition.

• Last season was the third time in the last six campaigns that Porto have progressed from their group.

• This is only Leipzig's fourth European game. They drew 1-1 at home to 2016/17 semi-finalists AS Monaco FC on matchday one, Emil Forsberg scoring their debut goal, and were beaten 2-0 at Beşiktaş in their first away fixture.

• Leipzig qualified for a first foray into European competition by finishing second in the 2016/17 Bundesliga – in what, remarkably, was their first season in the German top flight.

• Leipzig are the 12th club to represent Germany in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

• On matchday one, the German side became the first team from any country to make their European debut in the group stage.

Coach and player links
• Timo Werner scored twice in Germany's 3-1 win against Cameroon in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage; Vincent Aboubakar got the Cameroon goal.

• Werner also scored, and provided an assist, in Germany's 4-1 semi-final win against a Mexico side including Miguel Layún and Héctor Herrera at this summer's Confederations Cup.

• Bruma was in Sporting Clube de Portugal's senior side in 2012/13, featuring in a 0-0 league draw against Porto.

• Have played together:
Bruma & Alex Telles (Galatasaray AS, 2014/15)
Bruma & Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad de Fútbol, 2015/16)
Bruma & Ricardo, José Sá, Sérgio Oliveira (Portugal Under-21s)

Match facts

• Sérgio Oliveira will incur a suspension with his next booking.

• Porto recorded a 6-1 home Liga win against FC Paços de Ferreira on 21 October, their biggest victory in the competition since March.

• The win extended Porto's 100% home record in the league this season to five matches, in which they have scored 21 times and conceded three.

• Moussa Marega (2) and Vincent Aboubakar were on target in that game and both scored again in Saturday's 3-0 derby Liga win at Boavista FC that kept Porto two points clear of Sporting CP at the top. They are Porto's top league scorers with eight goals each – only SL Benfica's Jonas has more (12) in the division.

• Porto started their League Cup campaign with a goalless draw at home against second-tier Leixões SC. The result means that Porto are without a win in the competition in eight matches, stretching back to January 2015.

• Porto have only conceded four goals in 12 domestic games this season, keeping eight clean sheets. By contrast, they have shipped six in three UEFA Champions League matches.

• Willi Orban is a booking away from a ban.

• All four of Leipzig's defeats this season have come away from home.

• Leipzig's four-match winning run ended when they lost 5-4 on penalties to FC Bayern München in the second round of the German Cup on 25 October. Down to ten men after Naby Keïta's red card (54), the hosts briefly held the lead in a 1-1 draw. Werner missed the tenth and final spot kick.

• They then lost 2-0 at Bayern in the league on Saturday.

• Werner has scored nine goals in 15 appearances for club and country this season, though none in his last five.

• On 13 October, Leipzig announced that captain Orban has extended his contract until 2022.

• Bruma returned from a thigh injury as a half-time substitute on Saturday.

• Stefan Ilsanker has not featured since 14 October, when he was dismissed against Borussia Dortmund; since then, he has been recovering from a toe injury, suffered on international duty on 6 October.