Despite the matchday three draw that gave both a first Group A point, time is ebbing away for Monaco and Club Brugge.
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Monaco and Club Brugge may have picked up their first point in Group A on matchday three, but both will know time is running out to get back into contention in the section.
• The teams drew 1-1 in Belgium last time out, Moussa Sylla's 31st-minute opener for Monaco – coached by Thierry Henry for the first time in a European match – cancelled out by Wesley eight minutes later.
• Monaco and Club Brugge therefore have one point in Group A, eight behind section leaders Borussia Dortmund and five adrift of second-placed Atlético Madrid. Both Monaco and Club Brugge would therefore be unable to finish in the top two should they fail to win at the Stade Louis II and Atlético beat Dortmund in the section's other matchday four fixture.
• The sides' only past contests came in the 1988/89 European Cup second round, when each were home winners. However, while Club Brugge took the advantage with a 1-0 success in the first leg in Belgium, Monaco turned the tie round in style back in France, a Youssouf Fofana hat-trick helping secure a 6-1 second-leg win.
• Having opened with a 2-1 home defeat against Atlético, Monaco went down 3-0 in Dortmund on matchday two. The matchday three draw in Belgium extended their run of European away games without a win to six (D3 L3).
• The Atlético defeat made it five in succession at home in Europe for Monaco; they had won their previous four at the Stade Louis II.
• Monaco are without a win in 11 European games (D3 L8), since a 3-1 home victory against Dortmund in the quarter-final second leg in April 2017.
• Second in Ligue 1 last season, Monaco reached the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League semi-finals but finished bottom of their 2017/18 group having collected two points from their six games.
• The Ligue 1 outfit have won two of their three home games against Belgian visitors – scoring 11 goals in those victories – but lost the most recent encounter, 2-0 at home to Anderlecht in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stage.
• Runners-up in 2004, Monaco remain the last French team to reach the UEFA Champions League final.
• Beaten 1-0 at home by Dortmund on matchday one, Club Brugge then went down 3-1 at Atlético to extend their run of defeats in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, to eight in a row – four short of the competition record held by another Belgian club, Anderlecht – and ended by the home draw against Monaco.
• The Monaco match was the first time Club Brugge had picked up a point in the group stage since a 1-1 draw against Bayern München on 7 December 2005.
• The Belgian side are without a win in their last 13 UEFA Champions League fixtures, qualifying included (D2 L11).
• Group stage to final, Club Brugge's last win in the competition was a 3-2 home defeat of Rapid Wien in November 2005; their record since then is D2 L9. They have won only two of their last 15 fixtures in the UEFA Champions League proper (D2 L11).
• Belgian champions for the 15th time in 2017/18, this is Club Brugge's second group campaign in three seasons, and their sixth overall. Before 2016/17 – when they lost every game to finish bottom of a group including Leicester, Porto and København – their previous participation had come in 2005/06.
• Club Brugge's last meetings with French opposition before matchday three came in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage, when they lost away (0-4) and home (1-2) to Bordeaux.
• The defeat in Bordeaux means Club Brugge's record away to French clubs is W1 D1 L7; the sole victory was a 2-1 success at Châteauroux in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup first round second leg.
• Runners-up to Liverpool in 1978, Club Brugge remain the only team from Belgium to have reached a European Cup final.
Links and trivia
• Henry spent two years as an assistant and forwards coach to the Belgium national team before taking up the head coach role at Monaco; Club Brugge's Hans Vanaken featured in several Belgium squads during that period.
• Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans was an Anderlecht player between 2013 and 2017, winning two league titles.
• Nacer Chadli was born in Liege and was in the youth teams at Thier-à-Liège, Standard Liège and MVV Maastricht before making his senior breakthrough at Dutch side AGOVV Apeldoorn. He has never played senior club football in his homeland.
• Have played in France:
Benoît Poulain (Nîmes 2006–14)
Marvelous Nakamba (Nancy 2012–14)
• Have also played in Belgium:
Adama Traoré (Mouscron 2014)
Jordy Gaspar (Cercle Brugge 2017/18)
• International team-mates:
Nacer Chadli, Youri Tielemans & Jelle Vossen, Brandon Mechele, Hans Vanaken (Belgium)
Danijel Subašić & Matej Mitrović (Croatia)
Youssef Ait Bennasser & Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco)
• Arnaut Groeneveld scored the Netherlands' goal in a 1-1 friendly draw with Belgium on 16 October; Tielemans and Chadli were in the Belgium side, with Vanaken and Mechele unused substitutes.
• Monaco general manager Filips Dhondt held the same role at Club Brugge between 2001 and 2010.
• Monaco were beaten 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Trophée des Champions on 4 August.
• Monaco have won only one of their 15 matches this season, the 3-1 success at Nantes on the opening day of Ligue 1 on 11 August. They have lost ten, including nine of the last 13 and four in a row before Leonardo Jardim's departure on 11 October.
• Thierry Henry's reign as Jardim's replacement also got off to a losing start as a result of a 2-1 reverse at Strasbourg before draws at Club Brugge on matchday three and 2-2 with Dijon on 27 October, his first home game. His new club went down 1-0 at Reims on Saturday.
• Monaco have seven points after 12 Ligue 1 games in 2018/19, 21 less than at the same stage last season.
• Benjamin Heinrich scored his first goal for Monaco against Dijon, when Kamil Glik rescued a point with his first of the season.
• Radamel Falcao scored twice in the club's last five fixtures under Jardim – the only Monaco player to find the net during that period. He limped off shortly before half-time at Strasbourg on 20 October having suffered a thigh injury, making his comeback as a half-time replacement at Reims on Saturday.
• Rony Lopes suffered a hamstring injury in training with Portugal in early September and has not played since; Kevin Ndoram is expected to be sidelined for two more weeks with an elbow injury.
• The Belgian champions won eight of their first nine league games this season, drawing the other, before a 3-1 defeat at Standard Liège on 7 October. They drew their next two league fixtures before beating Oostende 4-0 on 30 October – their first victory since 29 September.
• Ivan Leko's side earned a 1-1 draw at leaders Genk on Saturday but have now won only one of their last seven matches in all competitions (D4 L2).
• Siebe Schrijvers has scored in Club Brugge's last three matches, four goals in all.
• Club Brugge won the Belgian Super Cup for the 15th time on 22 July in their own Jan Breydelstadion, beating Standard 2-1 with goals from Hans Vanaken and Wesley.
• Club Brugge's Belgian Cup campaign ended in the last 32, with a 2-0 defeat at amateur side Deinze on 26 September.
• Jelle Vossen sustained a knee injury in the 1-1 draw against Waasland-Beveren on 19 October and is expected to be miss the rest of the group stage.
• Arnaut Groeneveld missed matchday three with an ankle injury and has not played since.
• Rezaei Kaveh was out with a knee problem between 14 September and 19 October.