Following an extraordinary first leg, it is all square between S.S. Lazio and VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, with both sides looking to tighten up at the back for their round of 32 decider.
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Libor Kozák's late goal earned S.S. Lazio a 3-3 draw at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach last week, and they will look to build on that away goals cushion in the UEFA Europa League round of 32.
• Mönchengladbach led through Martin Stranzl's penalty (17), but goals from Sergio Floccari (57) and Kozák (64) turned the tables. Thorben Marx then converted another penalty (84) and Juan Arango's 30-metre free-kick (88) looked to have won it before Kozák scored his second of the night in added time.
• The sides met for the first time in UEFA club competition in the first leg.
• Lazio's seven games against German sides have ended W2 D3 L2 (W2 D1 L0 in Rome – W0 D2 L2 in Germany). They have yet to lose at home against a German side.
• Gladbach's record in 11 games against Italian sides is W4 D5 L2 (W2 D4 L0 at home – W2 D1 L2 in Italy), though the most recent of those ties prior to the first leg was in the second round of the 1978/79 UEFA Cup. They are nonetheless unbeaten in eight games against Serie A opposition, stretching back nearly 39 years to a 2-0 European Cup Winners' Cup loss at AC Milan on 10 April 1974.
• Lazio are unbeaten in nine European games this season (W5 D4). In their four European home games this season (W3 D1) they have conceded just once.
• Mönchengladbach have scored at least two goals in their last six European games: three wins, two draws and a 4-2 home defeat.
• Mönchengladbach are unbeaten in six European away games (W4 D2) stretching back to a 1-0 loss at Feyebnoord in the 1995/96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals.
• Mönchengladbach are in the last 32 after finishing second in Group C. They won the 1974/75 and 1978/79 UEFA Cups and were beaten finalists in the 1972/73 and 1979/80 editions – as well as in the 1976/77 European Champion Clubs' Cup final.
• They could become the fourth side to win this competition for a third time, along with Juventus, FC Internazionale Milano and Liverpool FC.
• Prior to this season, Gladbach had not played in Europe since going out to AS Monaco FC in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup second round.
• Group J winners Lazio have reached the round of 32 only once since bowing out to FC Porto in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup semi-finals, losing out to eventual winners Club Atlético de Madrid at this stage last season.
• Lazio's biggest success in this competition came when they reached the 1998 UEFA Cup final, where they lost 3-0 to Serie A rivals FC Internazionale Milano in Paris.
• Kozák's two goals in the first leg saw him join FC Internazionale Milano's Rodrigo Palacio and Raúl Bobadilla – who has moved to FC Basel 1893 since hitting five in the group stage for BSC Young Boys – in second place in this season's UEFA Europa League scorers rankings. SSC Napoli's Edinson Cavani tops the table with seven goals.
• Lazio boast German talent in the form of striker Miroslav Klose, who joined the club from FC Bayern München in 2011.
• Lazio's coach since June has been Vladimir Petković, who won a Yugoslavian title as a midfielder with hometown club FK Sarajevo in 1984/85 before moving to Switzerland, where he played at a modest level and coached AC Bellinzona, BSC Young Boys and FC Sion, as well as moving to Turkey to take charge of Samsunspor.
• As a midfielder, Mönchengladbach coach Lucien Favre won the 1984/85 Swiss title with Servette FC and 24 caps for Switzerland. He won further Swiss Cups as a coach with Servette and FC Zürich, as well as two titles with the latter. He has specialised in creating competitive sides in Germany on modest budgets, finishing fourth in the Bundesliga with Hertha BSC Berlin in 2008/09 and Mönchengladbach in 2011/12.
Round of 16: VfB Stuttgart/KRC Genk v Mönchengladbach/Lazio
• The first legs will be played on 7 March, with the returns the following Thursday.
• Mönchengladbach could meet Stuttgart in an all-German round of 16 tie. They have actually met in Europe before, with Gladbach edging out their Bundesliga rivals 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals of the 1979/80 UEFA Cup. Jupp Heynckes' side were then beaten by another German team – Eintracht Frankfurt – in the two-legged final.