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St-Étienne v Dnipro background

AS Saint-Étienne take on FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in UEFA Europa League Group F knowing their last encounter with Ukrainian opponents led – eventually – to great things.

St-Étienne savour a Ligue 1 goal
St-Étienne savour a Ligue 1 goal ©AFP/Getty Images

AS Saint-Étienne will tackle FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in UEFA Europa League Group F mindful that they went on to reach their only major European final the last time they faced Ukrainian opposition.

Form guide
St-Étienne's sole previous encounter with a Ukrainian side came in the quarter-finals of the 1975/76 European Champion Clubs' Cup, when they overcame FC Dynamo Kyiv in extra time en route to their only European final – and a 1-0 loss to FC Bayern München in Glasgow.

Dnipro have yet to beat French opponents but have drawn six of their eight encounters with French teams – including the last three games.

St-Étienne have lost only one of their last 13 European homes matches (1-0 to Esbjerg fB in last season's UEFA Europa League play-offs), with the remaining 12 games in that run ending W6 D6.

Dnipro are without a win in their last four UEFA away contests (D1 L3).

Trivia and links
Dnipro's Ruslan Rotan, Roman Zozulya and Yevhen Konoplyanka were all involved as France beat Ukraine in the November 2013 play-offs for the FIFA World Cup finals. Ukraine won 2-0 at home but lost the return leg 3-0 in Saint-Denis.

The coaches
• A defender for hometown club Olympique de Marseille, LOSC Lille and Toulouse FC among others, St-Étienne boss Christophe Galtier took up his current position in 2009, helping Les Verts to win the 2012/13 French Cup. He had previously assisted Alain Perrin and Richard Tardy, working in England and Greece as well as France.

Dnipro coach since 2014, Myron Markevych started out as a midfielder with hometown club FC Karpaty Lviv, and while his playing career was not a huge success, he served Karpaty in four spells as a coach before a lengthy stint at FC Metalist Kharkiv earned him a reputation for attacking football. He briefly coached Ukraine in 2010.

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