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Eintracht on the up as Porto come calling

Eintracht Frankfurt came from 2-0 down to earn a draw away to FC Porto, leaving them well placed for the sides' UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg in Germany.

Eintracht celebrate their equaliser at Porto
Eintracht celebrate their equaliser at Porto ©AFP/Getty Images

The momentum is with Eintracht Frankfurt as they host FC Porto in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 having come from two down to earn a 2-2 draw in the first leg.

Previous meetings
• In the sides' first meeting – Eintracht's first encounter with a Portuguese team – Porto led through a splendid Ricardo Quaresma strike (44) and a Silvestre Varela effort (68). But Joselu (72) halved the deficit before an Alex Sandro own goal (77) evened things up.

• Porto's record in 26 games against German clubs is W11 D6 L9 (W7 D3 L3 at home – W3 D3 L6 in Germany). The Dragons enjoyed one of their finest hours against a Bundesliga outfit, beating FC Bayern München 2-1 in the 1986/87 European Champion Clubs' Cup final in Vienna.

Match background
• Eintracht are playing in the spring phase of a European competition for the first time since losing to Juventus in the 1994/95 UEFA Cup quarter-finals.

• Eintracht have won seven of their nine UEFA Europa League games this season, the only defeat a 4-2 loss at Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC in the group stage. They have won all four at home, scoring at least twice each time.

• Porto are without a victory in six European games (D3 L3) since beating FK Austria Wien 1-0 in their opening UEFA Champions League group stage fixture this season.

• Porto have not won in three UEFA Europa League games since beating SC Braga 1-0 in the 2010/11 final in Dublin. They lost home and away against Manchester City FC in the 2011/12 round of 32.

Team facts
• Eintracht are one of four previous UEFA Cup winners to have made it through the group stage along with Tottenham Hotspur FC (1972, 1984), Sevilla FC (2006, 2007) and Valencia CF (2004). Porto (2003, 2011) are one of the five former winners of the trophy who have entered the competition from the UEFA Champions League group stage, along with SSC Napoli (1989), FC Shakhtar Donetsk (2009), AFC Ajax (1992) and final hosts Juventus (1977, 1990, 1993).

• Porto are one of nine domestic champions in the round of 32 along with Ajax (Netherlands), FC Basel 1893 (Switzerland), Juventus (Italy), PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria), Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (Israel), NK Maribor (Slovenia), FC Viktoria Plzeň (Czech Republic) and Shakhtar (Ukraine).

Coach information
• Hired in May 2011, Armin Veh led Eintracht to promotion in his first season in charge and into Europe as sixth-place finishers in his second. A midfielder, he was in the VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach squad that lost to Eintracht in the 1980 UEFA Cup final, before a broken leg ended his career. As a coach, he won the 2006/07 German title at VfB Stuttgart prior to spells with VfL Wolfsburg and Hamburger SV.

• Appointed in summer 2013, Mozambique-born Porto coach Paulo Fonseca was a central defender, representing FC Barreirense, Leça FC, CF Os Belenenses, CS Marítimo, Vitória SC and CF Estrela da Amadora, where he became youth coach in his early 30s. He worked his way up the leagues as a coach, getting the Porto job after leading unfancied FC Paços de Ferreira to a third-place Liga finish in 2012/13.

Shoot-out record
• Eintracht's record in two UEFA competition penalty shoot-outs is W1 L1:
lost 5-4 (home) v FC Salzburg, 1993/94 UEFA Cup quarter-finals
won 5-4 (away) v PAOK FC, 1981/82 European Cup Winners' Cup

• Porto's record in three UEFA shoot-outs is W1 L2:
lost 4-1 (home) v FC Schalke 04, 2007/08 UEFA Champions League round of 16
lost 4-3 (home) v UC Sampdoria, 1994/95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
won 8-7 (neutral) v Once Caldas, 2004 European/South American Cup

Round of 16
• The winners of this tie will take on the victors between Swansea City AFC and Napoli in the round of 16, playing the first leg at home.

• Eintracht have never met Swansea, but beat Napoli 1-0 in both legs of their only previous meeting, a 1994/95 UEFA Cup third round tie.

• Porto are yet to face Swansea, but took on Napoli in the 1974/75 UEFA Cup second round, losing 1-0 home and away.

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