Slavia Praha v København facts

Slavia Praha were 1-0 winners away to København and will now look to cement second place in Group C.

Slavia celebrate victory in Copenhagen
Slavia celebrate victory in Copenhagen ©Getty Images

Slavia Praha inflicted a first European home defeat of the season on FC København when they won 1-0 in the Danish capital on matchday three to leapfrog their hosts into second place in UEFA Europa League Group C.

• Slavia now have six points to FCK's four, having been defeated 1-0 at Zenit on matchday two after kicking off their group campaign with a victory by the same score at home to Bordeaux. The Danish side, meanwhile, scored a late winner in France (2-1) to add to an opening 1-1 home draw with their visitors from St Petersburg.

Previous meetings
• There had been no previous matches between the clubs in UEFA competition until the 25 October contest, which was won for the Czech visitors by Jan Matoušek's 46th-minute strike.

• While Slavia's one previous tie against Danish opposition had brought a 5-0 aggregate win over AB in the 2000/01 UEFA Cup first round, København's record in 13 matches against Czech clubs is W4 D3 L6. Their biggest home and away wins in the UEFA League proper, however, have both come against Czech opposition – 3-0 away to Sparta Praha in 2009/10 (Dame N'Doye scoring twice during his first spell at the club) and 3-0 at home to Zlín last season.

Highlights: København 0-1 Slavia Praha
Highlights: København 0-1 Slavia Praha

Form guide
Slavia
• As runners-up to Viktoria Plzeň in the 2017/18 Czech Liga, Slavia earned a spot in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, where defeat to Dynamo Kyiv (1-1 home, 0-2 away) sent them into the UEFA Europa League group stage. They also won the Czech Cup last term, defeating Jablonec 3-1 in the final.

• Slavia's two previous UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns, in 2009/10 and 2017/18, both ended unsuccessfully, a shock matchday six home defeat to Astana ultimately halting their progress last season.

• The Prague club have claimed just two home wins in seven attempts in the UEFA Europa League group stage (D2 L3).

København
• FCK were dethroned as Danish champions last season, missing out on a third successive title and ensuring an 18th successive European campaign only after a post-season play-off win. They are one of only four clubs to have reached this season's UEFA Europa League group stage after beginning their campaign in the first qualifying round, the other three being Apollon Limassol, Rangers and Sarpsborg. A penalty shoot-out win took them past Atalanta after two goalless draws in the play-offs.

• The Danish club are taking part in a sixth UEFA Europa League group stage and have progressed twice before, most recently last season when they lost in the round of 32 to eventual winners Atlético Madrid (1-4 home, 0-1 away). They had gone a round further in 2016/17 after crossing over from the UEFA Champions League group stage.

• København have won four and drawn one of their five away games in this European campaign, conceding only two goals in the process. The 2-1 success at Bordeaux on matchday two nevertheless ended a run of five away fixtures in the UEFA Europa League proper without a win (D2 L3).

Watch Slavia beat Bordeaux in their first home game
Watch Slavia beat Bordeaux in their first home game

Links and trivia
• København's Czech defender Michael Lüftner is a former Slavia player, having spent half a season with the Prague club before leaving for Copenhagen in May 2017.

• FCK's Czech-born Slovakian international midfielder Ján Greguš also has experience of the Czech Liga, having played for Nitra, Baník Ostrava and Jablonec. His record in eight games against Slavia was W3 D4 L1.

• This is Ståle Solbakken's 30th match as FCK coach in the UEFA Europa League, group stage to final. Only three other coaches have taken charge of more games in the competition with one club – Unai Emery (Sevilla, 39), Jorge Jesus (Benfica, 38) and Kurban Berdyev (Rubin, 32).

The coaches
• Heavily influenced by Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp, Jindřich Trpišovský started out as a youth coach at Sparta Praha before impressing with his work at second-division Viktoria Žižkov despite financial problems. He then took over at Slovan Liberec in 2017, leading the club into the UEFA Europa League group stage two seasons running. He left Liberec for Slavia in December 2017 and won the Czech Cup with the Prague outfit the following spring.

• Solbakken's second coaching tenure at København began in 2013. He has won seven Danish titles in charge of FCK, five of those in his first spell from 2006 to 2011. The former Norway midfielder won 58 caps and scored nine goals for his country, appearing at both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2000, and had short spells coaching in Germany (with Köln) and England (with Wolves) in between his two lengthy stints in the Danish capital.

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