Hannover look to upset Atlético

They may be the most inexperienced side left in the competition, but Hannover 96 only trail by one goal to Club Atlético de Madrid as the teams meet to conclude their quarter-final.

Mame Diouf celebrates his first-leg goal for Hannover
Mame Diouf celebrates his first-leg goal for Hannover ©AFP/Getty Images

Hannover 96 are the most inexperienced side left in Europe but, following a 2-1 first-leg defeat, they will look to punch above their weight in their UEFA Europa League decider against Club Atlético de Madrid.

• Eduardo Salvio (89) struck late on to give Atlético a win in Madrid. Falcao (9) gave then an early lead with the club's 400th goal in UEFA club competition, which was cancelled out by Mame Diouf (38).

Previous meetings
• This tie is the sides' first meeting in UEFA club competition.

• Hannover's only previous contest with Spanish opponents came in this season's UEFA Europa League play-off round when they eliminated Sevilla FC, winning 2-1 at home then drawing 1-1 away.

• Atlético's record in 31 games against German sides is W14 D6 L11 (W4 D3 L7 in Germany).

• Three of those games were played on neutral territory – the 1974 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final, staged in Brussels, which FC Bayern München won 4-0 in a replay after a 1-1 draw; and the second leg of the 1961/62 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-final against SC Motor Jena – now FC Carl Zeiss Jena – played in Malmo, Sweden. Atlético won 4-0.

Match background
• Hannover have yet to lose a home game in UEFA competition, recording five wins and two draws over the course of their two continental campaigns.

• Atlético have lost just one of their last eight European away games – 2-0 at Udinese Calcio in this season's UEFA Europa League group stage – with that run including five wins and two draws.

Following their first-leg success, Atlético have now won their last eight European home games since losing 3-2 to Aris Thessaloniki FC in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Hannover are competing in UEFA competition for only the second time in their history, and this is the first time they have played post-Christmas club competition football. Their previous campaign, in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, ended in a 4-3 aggregate first round defeat by SV Werder Bremen.

• Atlético were last in the quarter-finals in 2010; they knocked out Valencia CF and then Liverpool FC to reach the final, which they won 2-1 against Fulham FC in Hamburg.

• Hannover's last European home game ended in a 4-0 win against R. Standard de Liège in the round of 16 second leg – their biggest victory in UEFA competition.

Team facts
• FC Schalke 04's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is this season's top scorer in the UEFA Europa League with nine goals. Of the strikers left in the competition, Atlético's Falcao is his nearest rival with seven. The Colombian set a competition record last season, scoring 17 goals as he won the UEFA Europa League with FC Porto. Huntelaar has also had the most shots on target (20), with Falcao second on 16.

• Adrián López and Falcao are the only players to have featured in all 11 of Atlético's games since the start of the group stage. Between them, they have scored 12 of the club's 23 goals.

• Atlético's Brazilian playmaker Diego has plenty of German experience, having played for Werder Bremen (2006-09) and VfL Wolfsburg (2010-11), with the latter loaning him to the Madrid side this season. He scored four goals in his seven Bundesliga games against Hannover.

• Hannover coach Mirko Slomka led the club he had previously served as a player and assistant into Europe with a fourth-placed Bundesliga finish in his first season in charge.

• In the 2005/06 UEFA Cup, Slomka led Schalke from the round of 32 to the semi-finals after replacing Ralf Rangnick as coach following the group phase.

• Diego Simeone replaced Gregorio Manzano as Atlético coach on 23 December. The former Argentina midfielder had two spells at the club as a player, winning a domestic double in 1995/96. He won the 1997/98 UEFA Cup with FC Internazionale Milano and is coaching in Europe for a second time, having helped Calcio Catania avoid relegation from Serie A in 2010/11.

Final rounds
• The winners will take on AZ Alkmaar or Valencia in the semi-finals, playing the first leg at home. Whoever prevails in that tie will be the nominal home side in the final in Bucharest's National Arena on 9 May.

• Hannover have never played in Bucharest, while Atlético have been to the Romanian capital three times, with the record W1 D1 L1.

• Atlético beat Valencia on away goals in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.

• There was an all-Spanish UEFA Cup final in 2006/07, when Sevilla FC beat RCD Espanyol on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

• Of their potential final opponents, Atlético have only met Sporting Clube de Portugal in a European game, beating them on away goals in the round of 16 en route to winning the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League.

• Hannover have not met any of their potential semi-final or final opponents in Europe, though they are familiar with FC Schalke 04 – once coached by their boss Slomka – from the Bundesliga.

• There was an all-German UEFA Cup final in 1979/80, when Eintracht Frankfurt got the better of VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach on away goals.

Competition statistics
• An updated version of the UEFA Europa League Statistics Handbook is available here: