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Friday, February 20, 2015
Sevilla FC have a slim advantage over VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, but the Bundesliga side are unbeaten in seven European home games going into the second leg.
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Sevilla FC and VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach meet in Germany with the Liga side narrowly ahead after the opening instalment of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie.
• The sides met for the first time in the first leg, when the reigning champions secured a 1-0 win thanks to Vicente Iborra's second-half goal. It was Sevilla's 100th UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League match.
• Mönchengladbach have not won in their last two home games against Spanish sides: a 1-0 loss to RCD Espanyol in 1987 and a 1-1 draw against Villarreal CF in this season's UEFA Europa League group stage.
• Mönchengladbach are unbeaten in seven European home games (W5 D2). In this season's UEFA Europa League they have scored 16 and conceded just one in four games at Borussia-Park.
• Mönchengladbach were unbeaten in eight European games this season prior to their trip to Seville.
• Eliminated by SS Lazio on their last round of 32 appearance, in 2012/13, Gladbach have not won a springtime European tie since beating Vitória SC en route to a 1986/87 UEFA Cup semi-final exit to Dundee United FC.
• Sevilla's form away from their Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán has been shaky; they have not won over 90 minutes away from home in their last seven fixtures (D3 L4) – a run which includes the 0-0 draw in last season's UEFA Europa League final as well as a 2-0 UEFA Super Cup loss to Real Madrid CF.
Trivia and links
• Gladbach's Spain defender Álvaro Domínguez played alongside Sevilla's José Antonio Reyes at Club Atlético de Madrid from 2008–11. Another Sevilla player, midfielder Éver Banega, was an Atlético team-mate of the pair during a loan stint at the club in 2008/09.
• Gladbach's Norway midfielder Håvard Nordtveit also briefly played in Spain, spending part of 2008 loaned to UD Salamanca.
• Holders Sevilla (2006, 2007 and 2014) and Mönchengladbach (1974 and 1979) have won this competition five times between them.
• They are among 11 former UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League winners in the round of 32 along with Tottenham Hotspur FC (1972 and 1984), Liverpool FC (1973, 1976 and 2001), Feyenoord (1975 and 2002), PSV Eindhoven (1978), RSC Anderlecht (1983), SSC Napoli (1989), FC Internazionale Milano (1991, 1994 and 1998), AFC Ajax (1992), and FC Zenit (2008).
• Swiss trainer Lucien Favre is guiding Mönchengladbach in a second UEFA Europa League campaign, having steered them to the round of 32 in 2012/13. The ex-Switzerland midfielder lifted two national titles and a Swiss Cup in charge of FC Zürich, and managed Hertha BSC Berlin before taking over Mönchengladbach in 2011.
• Sevilla boss since January 2013, one-time midfielder Unai Emery switched from playing to coaching at Lorca Deportiva CF. Having led UD Almería to the top tier, he coached Valencia CF from 2008 to 2012, with his side regular European contenders during that spell. More recently, he had a short reign at FC Spartak Moskva.
• Emery is one of three coaches in the last 32 who have won the UEFA Europa League since the competition took on its current incarnation, along with Zenit's André Villas-Boas (FC Porto 2011) and Napoli's Rafael Benítez (Chelsea FC 2013).