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Standard fightback sets up Salzburg showdown

FC Salzburg let a two-goal lead slip to lose their UEFA Europa League last-32 first leg at R. Standard de Liège, but with a formidable home record in the competition so far, they will be hopeful of progression.

Standard fightback sets up Salzburg showdown
Standard fightback sets up Salzburg showdown ©UEFA.com

FC Salzburg have the comfort of two away goals as they look to overturn a 3-2 UEFA Europa League round of 32 deficit when R. Standard de Liège visit Austria.

• Two Mark Janko goals (4, 45) looked to have put the visitors firmly in command but Axel Witsel struck twice (66, 82) either side of an Igor De Camargo effort (80) to turn the tables in Belgium.

Previous meetings
• Standard and Salzburg met in the third round of the 2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup, with the Belgian side, under Tomislav Ivić, prevailing with a 3-1 win at home and 1-1 draw away to Hans Backe's side in Austria.

• Newly reappointed Standard coach Domenico D'Onofrio was on the bench for that game as Ivić's assistant.

• The teams for the meeting in Salzburg on 22 July 2000 were:
Salzburg: Sáfár, Jank, Szewczyk, Cárcamo, Kitzbichler (Struber, 81), Suazo, Aufhauser, Silberberger (Karasek, 46), Laessig, Julio César, Sabitzer.
Standard: Runje, Ernst, Selymes (Meyssen, 71), Van Buyten, Brocken, António Folha, Mornar (Pierre, 67), Dragutinović, Lukunku (Oussalah, 86), El Yamani, Ciobotariu.

Match background
• Standard had previously faced FC Wacker Innsbruck in the 1986/87 UEFA Cup, losing out on away goals despite a 3-2 home win in the return leg. Thus their record in five games against Austrian sides is W3 D1 L1 (W0 D1 L1 in Austria).

• Salzburg have played two-legged ties against two other Belgian sides, beating R. Antwerp FC in the 1993/94 UEFA Cup second round but losing to RSC Anderlecht in the first round of the 1997/98 competition. Their record in seven games against Belgian clubs is W3 D1 L3 (W2 D1 L0 at home).

• Standard reached last season's UEFA Cup round of 32 but were eliminated by SC Braga. That game represented their first appearance in the spring stages of a UEFA club competition since 1981/82, when they lost 2-1 to FC Barcelona in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final.

• The first leg was Salzburg's first springtime European fixture since they lost 1-0 to FC Internazionale Milano in the 1993/94 UEFA Cup final.

• Salzburg won all three of their UEFA Europa League group-stage home fixtures in the autumn, but Standard are without an away win in five games since a 1-0 victory at FK Partizan in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage.

Team facts 
• László Bölöni resigned as Standard coach on 10 February due to disappointing domestic results, and was replaced by the 56-year-old D'Onofrio, who is embarking on his third spell as the club's coach following a stint as sporting director.

• Salzburg's Dutch coach Huub Stevens led his FC Schalke 04 side into four games against Belgian opponents in the late 1990s, winning three and losing one (W2 D0 L0 on home soil).

• Stevens also faced Belgium as a Netherlands player, featuring in a 1-0 friendly victory in 1979.

• Salzburg's Nigerian defender Rabiou Afolabi scored twice in 89 league games for Standard between 1997 and 2003. His surname translates as 'born into wealth'.

• The winners of this tie face the victors of the contest between Panathinaikos FC and AS Roma in the round of 16 on 11 and 18 March, playing the second leg at home.

• Salzburg prevailed in their only penalty shoot-out in UEFA club competition, winning 5-4 in Germany against Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1993/94 UEFA Cup quarter-finals after their tie had finished 1-1 on aggregate.

• Standard have never been involved in a European penalty shoot-out.

Suspended: Franz Schiemer, Christian Schwegler
Misses next match if booked: Nikola Pokrivač
Players added to squad: Roman Wallner, Karel Piták
Players removed from squad: Patrik Ježek, Djordje Rakić

Suspended: none
Misses next match if booked: Sebastien Pocognoli
Players added to squad: Pape Abdou Camara, Gheorge Grozav, Sebastien Pocognoli
Players removed from squad: Arnor Angeli, Cédric Collet, Tiago