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Qarabağ FK made national history with a 1-0 win against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on matchday three and will hope for more success in the sides' Group F rematch.

Qarabağ achieved a notable Azeri first on matchday three
Qarabağ achieved a notable Azeri first on matchday three ©Victoria Melnik

Having achieved a notable national first against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on matchday three, Qarabağ FK will look to complete a Group F double against the Ukrainian side.

Form guide
Qarabağ's 1-0 win at Dnipro was the first victory – home or away – by any Azerbaijani side in the group stage of a major UEFA club competition. Qarabağ are only the second Azeri club to feature in this group stage; Neftçi PFK recorded three draws and three defeats in their pioneering 2012/13 group stage campaign.

• The only previous UEFA club competition tie between Azerbaijani and Ukrainian sides ended in a 5-0 aggregate win for FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih against FK Shamkir in the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup qualifying round.

Qarabağ are unbeaten in four European home matches this season, posting two wins followed by two 0-0 draws.

Dnipro have gone four games without a European goal since a 2-1 victory against HNK Hajduk Split in the first leg of this season's UEFA Europa League play-offs. Those are the only goals they have scored in seven European matches this term (having lost 2-0 on aggregate to FC København in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round).

Trivia and links
Dnipro midfielder Serhiy Kravchenko spent the 2005/06 season at Qarabağ; his side finished fifth in the table and won the Azerbaijani Cup, though he did not play in the final.

Dnipro's Georgian midfielder Jaba Kankava (2010-11) and Croatian international Mladen Bartulović (2009-10) played alongside Qarabağ's Albanian international Ansi Agolli in Ukraine with Kryvbas.

Qarabağ's Brazilian midfielder Danilo Dias turns 29 on the day of the Dnipro game.

The coaches
Qarabağ coach Gurban Gurbanov is Azerbaijan's all-time top scorer at international level with 14 goals. He played in Russia but enjoyed perhaps his most celebrated years with Neftçi, where he later started out as a coach. In charge at Qarabağ since 2008, he led the club to their second title – after a 21-year wait – last season.

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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