Sporting Clube de Portugal will hope to put recent setbacks against Bundesliga opposition behind them when they host Group F rivals Borussia Dortmund on matchday three.
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Sporting Clube de Portugal will hope to put recent setbacks against Bundesliga opposition behind them when they host Borussia Dortmund in the Group F rivals' first-ever meeting on matchday three.
• The Lisbon club have won only two of their previous 12 home meetings with German teams (D5 L5).
• In each of the last two seasons Sporting have suffered UEFA Europa League elimination against German sides, losing to Bayer 04 Leverkusen (1-4 agg) in 2015/16 and VfL Wolfsburg (0-2 agg) in 2014/15. Bas Dost scored both goals for a Wolfsburg team also including André Schürrle.
• Sporting's last home victory over visitors from the Bundesliga was against FC Schalke 04 (4-2) in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Adrien Silva scored the only goal when they beat German opponents for the first time at the 17th attempt – home or away – when defeating Hertha BSC Berlin 1-0 in Lisbon in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage. Łukasz Piszczek and Adrián Ramos were in the Hertha side.
• Dortmund have won six of their last nine European away games (W6 D1 L2) since the start of last season.
• Dortmund won in Portugal for the first time in February this year when defeating FC Porto 1-0, through an Iker Casillas own goal, in the UEFA Europa League round of 32. They had won the home leg 2-0, Piszczek and Marco Reus scoring.
• Dortmund's away record against Portuguese sides is W1 D0 L3.
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• Jorge Jesus's record against German clubs is P15 W5 D2 L8.
• His biggest victory over German opposition was with SL Benfica – a 4-0 UEFA Europa League round of 32 home success over a Hertha side containing Piszczek and Ramos in February 2010.
• Schürrle got the better of Sporting with two different clubs in 2014/15. After playing in two Chelsea FC wins in the UEFA Champions League group stage – 1-0 away, 3-1 home, scoring past Rui Patrício in the latter – he appeared in both legs of Wolfsburg's UEFA Europa League round of 32 success.
• Dost scored in Wolfsburg's 3-1 victory over Dortmund in the 2015 German Cup final. He had got Wolfsburg's winner in a 3-2 success at Dortmund in the 2012/13 Bundesliga season.
• Dost was also a scorer when Wolfsburg beat Tuchel's Mainz 3-0 in the 2013/14 Bundesliga.
• Also played in Germany:
Luc Castaignos (Eintracht Frankfurt, 2015/16 – P1 W1 v Dortmund)
João Pereira (Hannover 96, 2014/15)
• Piszczek was in the Poland side beaten on penalties in the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-finals by a Portugal side including Rui Patrício, William Carvalho and Adrien Silva.
• Matthias Ginter scored in Germany's 4-0 win over a Portugal side captained by Sporting B defender Ricardo Esgaio at the Rio Olympics.
• Sokratis Papastathopoulos hit a 91st-minute Greece equaliser to cancel out Bryan Ruiz's goal for Costa Rica when the countries drew 1-1 in the last 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ruiz had the final word, converting a spot kick in Costa Rica's 5-3 shoot-out success.
• Ruiz also traded goals with Shinji Kagawa when his Costa Rica side lost 3-1 to Japan in a 2014 friendly.
• Have played together:
Sebastián Coates & Nuri Şahin (Liverpool FC, 2012/13)
Bas Dost & Andre Schürrle (VfL Wolfsburg, 2015–16)
• Jorge Jesus completes a two-match touchline ban.
• Sporting have won their last nine home games in all competitions, since a 1-0 loss to SL Benfica in March.
• Sporting have conceded ten goals in their last six matches.
• Sporting have scored in each of their last 19 matches in all competitions.
• Dost has scored five goals in six appearances since arriving from VfL Wolfsburg in late August.
• For the first time in Liga history, Sporting let a three-goal lead slip against Vitória SC on 1 October. The visitors conceded three in the last 16 minutes to draw 3-3.
• Sporting captain Adrien had knee surgery at the start of October and will be sidelined until mid-November.
• Gelson Martins earned his first caps for Portugal in 6-0 wins against Andorra (7 October) and Faroe Islands (10 October). He made two assists in 20 minutes after coming on against the Faroes.
• Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell scored in Costa Rica's 4-3 victory over Russia in a friendly on 9 October. Rúben Semedo was on target for Portugal in their 7-1 U21 EURO qualifying win against Liechtenstein two days later.
• Dortmund have gone 25 home Bundesliga fixtures without defeat (W21 D4), breaking a club record set between January 1965 and April 1966 and equalled from November 2001 to March 2003. Their last defeat was to FC Bayern München on 4 April 2015 (0-1).
• Marc Bartra is available again after three games out with an adductor problem. Gonzalo Castro (adductors) and Schürrle (knee) are both carrying knocks.
• Sven Bender (ankle), Reus (adductors), Neven Subotić (ribs) and Erik Durm (knee) are long-term injury absentees. Reus resumed light training on 11 October.
• Papastathopoulos will sit out matchday three after picking up an adductor injury while on duty with Greece. Raphaël Guerreiro (thigh) and Piszczek (knee) also returned from international duty with knocks.
• Ousmane Dembélé sat out France U21 duty because of an ankle injury but came on as a substitute during Friday's 1-1 draw with Hertha BSC Berlin.
• Marcel Schmelzer limped off with an adductor injury against Hertha and will be unavailable for up to three weeks.
• Schürrle is the first German player to score for four different teams in the UEFA Champions League (Leverkusen, Chelsea, Wolfsburg and Dortmund).