Madrid record suggests tough night for Legia

11 Oct


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.

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Real Madrid
• 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 Warszawa
• 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.

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