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Brann and Dinamo seek first win

Both sides will be looking to earn their first victories as SK Brann host NK Dinamo Zagreb with the two sides level on one point in Group D.

Brann coach Mons Ivar Mjelde
Brann coach Mons Ivar Mjelde ©Getty Images

Both sides will be looking to earn their first victories as SK Brann host NK Dinamo Zagreb with the two sides level on one point in Group D.

• Brann have earned just one point from their two Group D games to date. They lost their opener 1-0 at home against Hamburger SV but then earned a 1-1 draw at Stade Rennais FC on Matchday 2.

• Branko Ivanković's Dinamo also have one point having drawn 0-0 at home against section leaders FC Basel 1893 in their only group stage fixture to date.

• The two sides have never met in UEFA club competition.

• Brann have played two games against Croatian opponents, taking on NK Varteks in a UEFA Intertoto Cup second round game in 1999. They won 3-0 at home, lost 3-0 away and lost 5-4 on penalties.

• Brann coach Mons Ivar Mjelde came on as a substitute in both legs of that tie, scoring his side's first penalty in the shootout.

• Dinamo Zagreb are playing their first game against Norwegian opposition.

• Brann claimed their first Norwegian title in 44 years in late October. "Some people have said it was not possible for a Bergen club to win the league, because of the pressure. Now we have proved them wrong," said Mjelde. The Norwegian domestic season is now over.

• The next caution received by Eirik Bakke and Thorstein Helstad will result in a one-match ban, while Hassan El-Fakiri is suspended for the remainder of the group stage following his red card against Stade Rennais FC on Matchday 2.

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