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Belarus out to build on good start in Luxembourg

Having shocked France in Paris, Belarus will fancy their chances of making it two away wins out of two in Group D when they face Luxembourg at the Stade Josy Barthel.

Belarus (white) have yet to concede a goal in two Group D matches
Belarus (white) have yet to concede a goal in two Group D matches ©Pressball

Luxembourg and Belarus are preparing to dispute their fifth competitive encounter when they meet in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group D, having also been drawn together in the run-ups to EURO '96 and UEFA EURO 2008.

Match background
• Luxembourg's record in four games against Belarus reads W1 D1 L2 (W0 D1 L1 at home).

• They first made acquaintances on 12 October 1994 – four days shy of exactly 16 years before their upcoming fixture – and the occasion proved a notable one for Belarus. The hosts' 2-0 win in Minsk was their first victory in eight matches as an independent nation, with Miroslav Romaschenko and Serguei Gerasimets scoring the goals for Serguei Borovsky's side.

• The return fixture ended goalless.

• Paired again in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, Timofei Kalachev and Vitali Kutuzov put Belarus on the road to a 2-1 success when the teams met in Luxembourg, leaving Chris Sagramola to grab his side's consolation effort.

• Despite that setback, Luxembourg exacted revenge with a surprise 1-0 triumph in Gomel on 13 October 2007, five days shy of three years before their next meeting and a day over 13 years on from their first encounter. Alphonse Leweck found the net deep into added time for Guy Hellers' side.