Borussia Dortmund have their sights set on winning the group for the third successive year when they play host to RSC Anderlecht, who will head into the UEFA Europa League.
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Borussia Dortmund are in the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League for the third successive season and will hope to wrap up first place in Group D against an RSC Anderlecht side who will finish third.
• On 1 October Adrián Ramos added two second-half goals to Ciro Immobile's early strike to give Dortmund a 3-0 win over the Belgian champions, who will try again for a first win over German opposition in the group stage.
• The sides met in the 1990/91 UEFA Cup third round when Anderlecht progressed on away goals, winning 1-0 at home and losing 2-1 away.
• In the second leg in Germany Alain Van Baekel scored first for the Belgian side before BVB turned the game around through Sergei Gorlukovich and Michael Schulz.
• The teams at the BVB Stadion on 12 December 1990 were:
Dortmund: De Beer, Gorlukovich, Kutowski, Quallo, Helmer, Poschner (Nikolic 66), Lusch, Schultz, Povlsen, Rummenigge, Wegmann.
Anderlecht: De Wilde, Van Tiggelen, Kooiman, Rutjes, De Wolf, Musonda, Van Baekel (Van Loen 81), Oliveira (Verheyen 65) Degryse, Nilis, Crasson.
• Marc Venderlinden struck the first leg's only goal at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on 28 November 1990. The lineups were:
Anderlecht: De Wilde, Van Tiggelen, Kooiman, Rutjes, De Wolf, Musonda, Van Baekel (Crasson 73), Oliveira, Degryse, Nilis, Verheyen (Vanderlinden 39).
Dortmund: De Beer, Gorlukovich, Kutowski, Quallo, Helmer, Poschner, Lusch (Wegmann 77), Zorc, Povlsen, Rummenigge, Mill (Strerath 20).
• BVB lost their last home game against Belgian opponents, 2-1 against KRC Genk in the 2004 Intertoto Cup third round. They were successful in their only two other home Belgian assignments, both against Club Brugge KV, winning 3-0 (but losing 5-3 on aggregate) in the 1987/88 UEFA Cup third round.
• In the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round both teams won their home legs 2-1, Dortmund losing 4-2 on penalties.
• Winners in 1996/97 and runners-up two years ago, Dortmund are in their tenth group stage campaign.
• Last season they reached the quarter-finals, a 2-0 second-leg home win over Real Madrid CF not enough to overturn a 3-0 defeat away.
• Dortmund have won seven out of their last eight home games in the group stage, losing one.
• Dortmund will clinch the group with a draw unless Arsenal beat Galatasaray by enough to overtake BVB on overall goal difference or goals scored. Currently Dortmund's goal difference is better by six; their head-to-head with Arsenal is level.
• The Belgian champions won their last Brussels encounter with German opponents, 4-3 against Hamburger SV in the 2009/10 UEFA Cup round of 16, but went out 6-5 on aggregate.
• Prior to a 2-1 second-leg victory at FC Bayern München in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 16 – they lost 6-2 on aggregate – Anderlecht had not won in ten games against Bundesliga opposition.
• They have lost six UEFA Champions League group stage encounters with German sides alongside a solitary draw, 1-1 against Bayern in 2003/04. Overall their record against German teams is W12 D3 L17.
• Last year the Belgian team finished fourth in their group with just a single point. They had finished bottom of the pool in all seven group stage campaigns since reaching the last 16 (qualifying for the second group stage) in 2000/01.
• On matchday five Anderlecht made sure of a berth in the UEFA Europa League when Chancel Mbemba scored twice in a 2-0 victory against Galatasaray. It was only their second home win in the last eight group stage campaigns and only their fifth home and away.
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• Aleksandar Mitrović is a Serbia team-mate of Miloš Jojić and Neven Subotić.
• Mitrović and Jojić played together for FK Partizan youths and FK Zemun.
• Dortmund slipped to the bottom of the Bundesliga for the first time since August 2007 on 30 November when they were beaten 2-0 by Eintracht Frankfurt.
• Captain Mats Hummels, out since 1 November with an ankle problem, returned to action on Friday as İlkay Gündoğan's first league goal since April 2013 earned Dortmund a 1-0 win at home to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
• For the first time in Bundesliga history, the Schwarzgelben lost eight of their first 13 fixtures.
• Nuri Şahin, yet to make a competitive appearance this term because of a knee injury, has been an unused substitute for Dortmund's last two games.
• Sokratis Papastathopoulos resumed light training on 2 December as he steps up his recovery from the calf injury he suffered against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach in early November.
• Jakub Błaszczykowski is back in training. The midfielder has been sidelined with a knee injury since January and also suffered a thigh strain in September.
• Steven Defour is a booking away from a suspension.
• Chancel Mbemba scored at both ends as Anderlecht – trailing 3-0 inside 25 minutes – lost 4-2 at mid-table Mouscron-Peruwelz on Saturday.
• Fabrice N'Sakala, out since suffering knee ligament damage in training on 3 September, was an unused substitute on Saturday.
• Nathan Kabasele was on target for the club for the first time since August as Anderlecht beat second division KRC Mechelen 4-1 on 3 December to seal a Belgian Cup quarter-final date with SV Zulte Waregem. Kabasele scored twice, with Cyriac and Youri Tielemans also finding the net.
• Aaron Leya Iseka, 17, and 18-year-olds Samuel Bastien and Hervé Matthys all made their first-team debuts against Mechelen.
• Dennis Praet and Olivier Deschacht scored their first league goals of the season as Anderlecht drew 2-2 with Club Brugge KV on 30 November in a meeting of the top two in Belgium.
• Bram Nuytinck sustained a toe injury on matchday one. He returned on 1 October against Dortmund but has not played since and will now have an operation to correct the problem.
• Matías Suárez, troubled by a left knee complaint, has been advised to rest rather than undergo surgery.