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Stakes are high as FCK host Porto

FC Porto visit Group G rivals FC København looking for the victory that would wrap up their qualification for the UEFA Champions League knockout stage.

• København, two points behind second-placed Porto, will have other ideas as they target a win which would lift them above their visitors in the standings.

• The sides drew 1-1 at the Estádio do Dragão on matchday one when Andreas Cornelius scored to cancel out Otávio’s goal for Porto. FCK later had Ján Greguš sent off.

Match background

København
• Ståle Solbakken’s Danish champions are unbeaten in five European home fixtures this season.

• With their goalless home draw with Leicester City FC last time out, FCK have still yet to concede a goal at ‘Fortress Parken’ in their 2015/16 UEFA Champions League campaign.

• FCK have never beaten Portuguese opposition (D2 L3). Their two previous home matches against visitors from Portugal were both against SL Benfica and they failed to score each time – a 0-0 draw in the UEFA Champions League group stage debut appearance in 2006/07, and a 1-0 defeat in the 2007/08 third qualifying round.

Porto
• Porto are looking for a third straight victory in Group G following back-to-back wins over Club Brugge.

• Porto have won two of their three away matches in the UEFA Champions League this season – a 3-0 success at AS Roma in the play-offs and a 2-1 victory at Club Brugge on matchday three.

• This is Porto’s first visit to Denmark since a 2-2 draw at Aalborg BK in the 1995/96 UEFA Champions League group stage in which Emerson scored twice. Their record in Denmark is D2 L1.

Coach and player links
• Ludwig Augustinsson put a penalty past José Sá when Sweden beat Portugal in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final in Prague. Sérgio Oliveira was captain of the beaten Portugal side.

• Silvestre Varela scored the 87th-minute winner past Stephan Andersen when Portugal beat Denmark 3-2 in the group stage at UEFA EURO 2012. William Kvist was in the Denmark side too and appeared as a substitute in Denmark’s 1-0 loss to Portugal in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying in Braga in October last year.

• Yacine Brahimi came off the bench to score past Andersen for Stade Rennais FC against the Dane’s Évian Thonon Gaillard FC in the 2011/2012 French Cup round of 16.

• Adrián López finished as the five-goal top scorer when Spain won the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals in Denmark.

• Iker Casillas kept a clean sheet at the Parken with Spain in a 3-0 friendly win in August 2008. He had also won in Denmark with Spain the previous year – 3-1 in a UEFA EURO 2008 qualifier in Aarhus in October 2007.

• Played together:
Laurent Depoitre Erik Johansson (KAA Gent 2015/16)
Corona Kasper Kusk (FC Twente 2014/15)

Article source: http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2017/matches/round=2000783/match=2019351/prematch/background/index.html?rss=2404580+Stakes+are+high+as+FCK+host+Porto