Real Madrid CF will be bidding for an eighth straight home win in the UEFA Champions League when they host Legia Warszawa on matchday three.
• Zinedine Zidane’s side have four points from their opening two games in Group F having beaten Sporting Clube de Portugal (2-1) with an injury-time Álvaro Morata goal, then drawn 2-2 at Borussia Dortmund.
• Madrid’s matchday one victory over Sporting was their seventh in a row at home in the UEFA Champions League.
• They have won 27 of their last 31 UEFA Champions League home fixtures, losing just once – 4-3 against FC Schalke 04 in 2014/15.
• Madrid’s record against Polish clubs is P6 W6. They last faced opponents from Poland when beating Wisła Kraków 5-1 on aggregate in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Zinedine Zidane played in both matches – a 2-0 away success through two Fernando Morientes two goals, and a 3-1 home win in which Ronaldo (two) and Francisco Pavón scored.
• Legia have begun their first UEFA Champions League group stage appearance since 1995/96 with successive defeats against Dortmund (0-6 home) and Sporting (0-2 away).
• Legia were unbeaten in three away games in this season’s UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds, drawing at HŠK Zrinjski (1-1), and winning at FK AS Trenčín (1-0) and Dundalk FC (2-0).
• They lost all three away fixtures in last season’s UEFA Europa League group stage.
• Legia’s away record against Spanish clubs is P4 W0 D1 L3. Their most recent visit to Spain brought a 3-0 defeat at FC Barcelona in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Jacek Magiera, now Legia coach but then a 25-year-old midfield player, was sent off in their 1-0 second-leg home reverse.
• Legia’s only victory over Spanish opponents in eight attempts came in the 1970/71 European Champion Clubs’ Cup quarter-finals against Club Atlético de Madrid – and their 2-1 home victory still failed to save them from elimination on away goals, after a 1-0 first-leg loss in Madrid.
Coach and player links
• As an FC Girondins de Bordeaux player, Zidane suffered a UEFA Cup second-round defeat at GKS Katowice on 18 October 1994 (aggregate 1-2).
• As well as featuring in both legs of Legia’s 4-0 aggregate loss to Barcelona in 2002/03 UEFA Champions League qualifying, visiting coach Magiera was an unused substitute for their 6-1 defeat at Valencia CF in the 2001/02 UEFA Cup second round.
• Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty in Portugal’s shoot-out victory over Poland in a UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final also featuring Pepe and Michał Pazdan.
• Mihail Aleksandrov lost 4-0 at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu with PFC Ludogorets Razgrad in the 2014/15 group stage, and also featured in the Bulgarian club’s preceding 2-1 home defeat by the Spanish side.
• Steeven Langil was an 89th-minute substitute for AJ Auxerre in their 4-0 defeat at Madrid in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage. He had previously started in their 1-0 home loss to the Merengues.
• Vadis Odjida Ofoe suffered two UEFA Europa League defeats in Spain with Club Brugge KV – losing 2-1 at Villarreal CF in the 2010/11 group stage and 3-0 after extra time at Valencia in the 2009/10 round of 32.
• Adam Hloušek played against Sergio Ramos as a substitute in the Czech Republic’s 2-1 defeat against Spain in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier in Granada in March 2011.