Andorra will look to avoid a 50th successive competitive defeat as they face Cyprus in Group B, while their guests are reaching a UEFA European Championship landmark.
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Andorra will look to end a long barren run in competitive games as Group B rivals Cyprus come calling in what is their 100th UEFA European Championship game.
• Cyprus beat Andorra 5-0 in Nicosia in November; it matched the margin of their previous biggest victory (also against Andorra, in 2000). During the game, Georgios Kolokoudias and Kostas Laifis made their Cyprus debuts, and George Efrem scored his nation's first ever international hat-trick.
• Cyprus have won all four of their meetings with Andorra, and have not conceded in the last three.
• Their only previous competitive encounters came in 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Andorra threatened an upset in their first encounter on 2 September 2000; they led 2-1 after 52 minutes, only for Cyprus to reply and ultimately prevail via a Michalis Konstantinou goal at the death. Cyprus won the return fixture 5-0 on 15 November 2000.
• Current Andorra coach Koldo Alvarez – and indeed long-serving captain Óscar Sonejee – featured in both of those games.
• Andorra are yet to avoid defeat in 45 UEFA European Championship games, and have lost 49 competitive matches in a row since drawing 0-0 with Finland in September 2005. They picked up five points in that 2006 World Cup qualifying tilt – five more than they have earned in any other qualifying campaign.
• Cyprus have had an extreme swing in their last two competitive games; after beating Andorra 5-0 they lost by the same scoreline in Belgium.
• Cyprus's 2-1 Group B success in Bosnia and Herzegovina was their first competitive away win since a 1-0 victory in San Marino in 2007; it remains their only triumph on the road in their last 19 competitive away games (W1 D4 L14).
Trivia and links
• Óscar Sonejee made his 100th appearance for Andorra in a 1-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea in the run-up to the Cyprus game.
• This is Cyprus's 100th UEFA European Championship game; the other 99 ended W14 D14 L71.
• The nations' two meetings in UEFA age-limit competitions have produced a 5-0 win for Cyprus and a 0-0 draw.