Only a win will do for Galatasaray at eliminated Lokomotiv Moskva, who still harbour hopes of finishing third in Group D.
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Lokomotiv Moskva's hopes of finishing in the top two in Group D are already over and they now need a win against Galatasaray to have any chance of overhauling the Turkish team for third place in the section, with the visitors' own prospects of extending their UEFA Champions League campaign into the knockout rounds dependent on victory.
• Lokomotiv – beaten 3-0 in Istanbul on matchday one with goals from Garry Rodrigues, Eren Derdiyok and Selçuk İnan – have lost all four Group D games, extending their run of European defeats to a club-record six.
• Galatasaray are on four points, four behind second-placed Schalke, and must win to stay in contention for a top-two finish. Only a win would give Lokomotiv hope of finishing third.
• Away clubs held sway in the sides' only other fixtures before this season, in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League first group stage – when current coaches Fatih Terim and Yuri Semin were also in charge of Galatasaray and Lokomotiv respectively. Galatasaray scored twice in the final 20 minutes to win 2-0 in Moscow on matchday one, but Loko bounced back with a 2-1 success in Istanbul in the penultimate round of fixtures – all the goals again coming in the last 20 minutes. That helped the Russian club finish second in the section behind a Barcelona side who won every game; Galatasaray ended fourth.
• Lokomotiv followed their defeat at Galatasaray with a 1-0 home loss to Schalke before home (1-3) and away (1-4) reverses against section leaders Porto. They are one of only two teams without a point after four matches, AEK Athens (Group E) being the other.
• Loko have lost their last six European matches – having won the previous four. The current run is the worst losing sequence in Lokomotiv's European history, eclipsing their five successive losses in 2003.
• The Schalke defeat ended Lokomotiv's four-match unbeaten run at home in UEFA Champions League matches, group stage to final –since a 1-0 loss to Real Madrid in March 2003 – and a three-game home winning streak in the competition proper.
• Lokomotiv have won only four of their last 12 European fixtures in Moscow, losing six.
• Russian champions last season for the first time since 2004, this is Lokomotiv's fourth group stage campaign, having not featured since 2003/04 – their third successive appearance – when they reached the round of 16.
• The Moscow club qualified from their group on their last two appearances.
• In 2017/18, Lokomotiv kicked off in the UEFA Europa League group stage, beating Nice in the round of 32 before suffering an 8-1 aggregate loss against eventual champions Atlético Madrid in the last 16.
• The Moscow club have drawn three of their last five fixtures against Turkish clubs, losing the other two. At home overall, they have won only one of their five fixtures with Turkish visitors (D2 L2).
• After the impressive defeat of Lokomotiv Moskva, Galatasaray's momentum was checked by a 1-0 loss at Porto in their second fixture. They were held 0-0 at home by Schalke before a 2-0 reverse in Germany last time out.
• Cimbom have therefore lost their last six European away matches, and 11 of the last 13 (D2). Their last European victory outside Turkey was a 3-2 success at Schalke in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League round of 16; they are without a victory in 15 matches (D2 L13).
• Turkish champions in 2017/18, Galatasaray last reached the UEFA Champions League round of 16 in 2013/14.
• Galatasaray are in the group stage for the 15th time – Beşiktaş are the next most successful Turkish club, on seven.
• The Istanbul club's 2017/18 European campaign lasted only one tie – they lost 3-1 on aggregate to Swedish club Östersund in the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.
• Both Gala's wins against Russian opposition have come at the expense of Lokomotiv – their record otherwise is D2 L5.
• Galatasaray are the only team from Turkey to have reached a European Cup semi-final, in 1989.
Links and trivia
• Fernando Muslera was in the Uruguay side that won 3-0 against Russia in this summer's FIFA World Cup group stage. Aleksei Miranchuk was in Russia's starting line-up before being replaced by Fedor Smolov in the second half; Anton Miranchuk was an unused substitute.
• Benedikt Höwedes and Jefferson Farfán were in the Schalke side beaten 4-3 on aggregate by Galatasaray in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League round of 16.
• Have played together:
Grzegorz Krychowiak & Mariano Ferreira (Bordeaux 2012, Sevilla 2015/16)
Benedikt Höwedes & Younès Belhanda (Schalke 2016)
Vedran Ćorluka & Eren Derdiyok (Bayer Leverkusen 2012)
Manuel Fernandes & Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia 2010)
• Has played in Turkey:
Manuel Fernandes (Beşiktaş 2011–14)
• International team-mates:
Brian Idowu & Henry Onyekuru (Nigeria)
• On 27 July Lokomotiv suffered a 1-0 extra-time defeat by CSKA in the Russian Super Cup.
• Having won only two of their first eight league matches this season, Lokomotiv have won five and drawn one of the last seven, although they were beaten 2-1 at home by Ural on Friday.
• Lokomotiv picked up only two points from their first three Premier League matches – the worst start to a campaign by the defending champions in Russian league history.
• Jefferson Farfán scored in Peru's 3-2 friendly defeat against Costa Rica on 20 November.
• Fedor Smolov, who scored against Ural, was out between 26 September and 6 November due to a shoulder injury.
• Maciej Rybus returned in the goalless draw at Rubin on 11 November having not played since sustaining an adductor injury against Krasnodar on 1 September.
• Aleksandr Kolomeytsev has not played this season due to a hip problem.
• Held 1-1 at home by Konyaspor on Friday, Cimbon have won only one of their last seven matches in all competitions (D4 L2), a 3-0 Süper Lig win at Kayserispor on 10 November.
• Overall, 16 of Galatasaray's 23 Süper Lig goals this term have been scored at home.
• Galatasaray have lost five of their eight away games this season, winning the other three. They failed to score in each of those defeats.
• Only seven of Galatasaray's 27 goals in all competitions this season have come in the first half.
• Henry Onyekuru scored twice at Kayserispor, his first goals since 27 August.
• Fernando Muslera missed Uruguay's recent friendlies against Brazil and France having suffered a head injury that required several stitches during Galatasaray's match against Kayserispor, but was back against Konyaspor – his 300th match for the club.
• Serdar Aziz was withdrawn from Turkey's squad due to a recurring groin injury aggravated during the warm-up ahead of the UEFA Nations League match against Sweden on 17 November. He recovered to play against Konyaspor, but was sent off three minutes from time.
• Younes Belhanda is expected be out of action for six weeks having suffered a right thigh injury in Morocco's CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Cameroon on 16 November.
• Sinan Gümüş will be out of action for at least four weeks after suffering a thigh injury in his right leg in training.
• Fernando (out since 19 October) and Eren Derdiyok (24 October) were both sidelined with thigh injuries before returning on Friday. The former, however, went off with ten minutes to go after suffering a similar problem.
• Yuto Nagatomo suffered a collapsed lung against Schalke on matchday three and underwent surgery two days later. He was an unused substitute on Friday.
• Emre Akbaba was replaced in the 32nd minute against Erzurumspor on 28 September, tests subsequently revealing a broken metatarsal in his left foot that required surgery. He has not played since.