Leverkusen v Sporting CP background

Sporting CP's record of ten defeats in 11 winless games in Germany does not augur well for their UEFA Europa League prospects as they visit Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 down from the first leg.

Sporting's Bryan Ruiz takes on Leverkusen defender Tin Jedvaj during the first leg
Sporting's Bryan Ruiz takes on Leverkusen defender Tin Jedvaj during the first leg ©AFP/Getty Images

Beaten by Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the first leg, Sporting Clube de Portugal must register a first win on German soil in the return if they are to stand any chance of reaching the UEFA Europa League round of 16.

Previous meetings
• Karim Bellarabi, who also rattled the upright late on, scored the only goal with an improvised finish after 26 minutes. Sporting's Rúben Semedo was dismissed with just over a quarter of an hour remaining.

• The teams had met on four occasions, all in the UEFA Champions League group stage, prior to the round of 32 first leg. Leverkusen won three of those games – the other ended 0-0.

• In the 1997/98 competition, Christoph Daum's Leverkusen beat Octávio Machado's Sporting 2-0 in Lisbon and overcame a side led by Francisco Vital 4-1 in Germany.

• Daum was also in charge in 2000/01, when the Werkself defeated Augusto Inácio's Sporting 3-2 at the BayArena, but had been replaced by Rudi Völler by the time the sides drew 0-0 in the return fixture.

• Sporting have won just two of their 23 games against German opposition: W2 D6 L15 (W0 D1 L10 in Germany).

• Leverkusen's 15 matches against Portuguese clubs have ended W6 D4 L5 (W4 D1 L2 at home).

Form guide
• Leverkusen are unbeaten in five European home games (W3 D2).

• Sporting's 4-2 success at FC Lokomotiv Moskva on matchday five ended their 17-game wait for a European away win (D5 L12).

• Leverkusen were beaten home and away by Sporting's local rivals SL Benfica – coached by current Sporting boss Jorge Jesus – the last time they reached the round of 32, in 2012/13. Leverkusen got the better of RCD Espanyol on penalties in the two-legged 1988 UEFA Cup final.

• Sporting bowed out to another German side – VfL Wolfsburg – in last season's round of 32. In their best run in this competition, they reached the 2005 UEFA Cup final but lost 3-1 to PFC CSKA Moskva at their own Estadio José Alvalade.

Trivia and links
• The journey from Lisbon to Leverkusen is not far off 1,900km.

• Sporting defender João Pereira turns 32 on the day of the game. He played in Germany with Hannover 96 in the spring of 2015.

The coaches
• In charge of Leverkusen since summer 2014, Roger Schmidt worked as a mechanical engineer while playing amateur football. He coached in the German lower leagues but made his name at FC Salzburg, who he led to a domestic double in 2013/14 and the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League that same season.

• A losing UEFA Europa League finalist with Benfica in 2013 and 2014, Jesus unexpectedly left the Eagles for Sporting last summer. He started his playing career at Sporting – where his father Virgolino had also been on the books – and had coached Benfica since June 2009.

Penalty shoot-outs
• Leverkusen's record in three UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W1 L2:
W 3-2 N v RCD Espanyol (1987/88 UEFA Cup final)
L 5-3 A v FC Tirol Innsbruck (1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup quarter-finals)
L 3-2 A v Club Atlético de Madrid (2014/15 UEFA Champions League round of 16)

• Sporting have lost both of their previous UEFA penalty shoot-outs:
L 5-3 A v FC Dinamo Minsk (1984/85 UEFA Cup second round)
L 4-3 A v SSC Napoli (1989/90 UEFA Cup first round)