UEFA Champions League – Leipzig-Beşiktaş – Leipzig aim to get better of Beşiktaş
RB Leipzig could extend their debut European campaign into the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds as they conclude their Group G programme at home to section winners Beşiktaş JK.
• The German club, beaten 2-0 in Istanbul on matchday two, have seven points, level with FC Porto and four behind Beşiktaş. With Porto facing eliminated AS Monaco FC on matchday six, Leipzig must pick up more points than the Portuguese outfit to finish second.
• Beşiktaş will finish as group winners.
• This is the German side’s first home game against Turkish opponents, and just their sixth European fixture overall.
• Leipzig qualified for a first foray into European competition by finishing second in the 2016/17 Bundesliga – in what, remarkably, was their first season in the German top flight.
• Leipzig are the 12th club to represent Germany in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
• On matchday one, the German side became the first team from any country to make their European debut in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
• This is the first time Beşiktaş have reached the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds. Their best European Cup campaign came in 1986/87 when they got to the quarter-finals before losing 7-0 on aggregate to FC Dynamo Kyiv.
• Beşiktaş have never won in Germany, where their record is D1 L3, scoring twice on their four visits while conceding six. Their most recent trip brought a 0-0 draw at VfL Wolfsburg in the 2009/10 group stage.
• Victory at Monaco was Beşiktaş’s fifth in their last 11 European away matches (D3 L3).
• In 2016/17, Beşiktaş came third in their group and moved into the UEFA Europa League, where they advanced as far as the quarter-finals before losing on penalties to Olympique Lyonnais.
• The Istanbul club collected four points on their travels in last year’s group stage, the highlight a 3-2 triumph at Napoli.
Coach and player links
• Beşiktaş coach Şenol Güneş encountered West Germany in three UEFA European Championship qualifiers during his time as a goalkeeper. He kept a clean sheet in Turkey’s goalless draw in Izmir on 1 April 1979, and suffered a 2-0 away defeat that December. The nations met again in the preliminaries for the 1984 UEFA European Championship, Turkey losing 3-0 in April 1983.
• There are three Germany-born players in the Beşiktaş squad: Cenk Tosun (born in Wetzlar), Tolgay Arslan (Paderborn) and Orkan Çınar (Dortmund).
• Atınç Nukan, who is not in Beşiktaş’s UEFA Champions League squad, is on loan from Leipzig.
• Have played in Germany:
Duško Tošić (SV Werder Bremen 2007–10)
Ryan Babel (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2011–12)
Cenk Tosun (Eintracht Frankfurt 2008–11)
Tolgay Arslan (Hamburger SV 2009–15, TSV Alemannia Aachen 2010/11)
Orkan Çınar (VfL Wolfsburg 2013/14, SpVgg Greüther Fürth 2014/15)
• Has played in Turkey:
Bruma (Galatasaray AŞ 2013–17, Gaziantepspor 2014)
• Have played together:
Marvin Compper & Ryan Babel (Hoffenheim, 2011–12)
Dominik Kaiser & Ryan Babel (Hoffenheim, 2011–12)
Péter Gulásci & Ryan Babel (Liverpool, 2008–11)
• International team-mates:
Bruma & Ricardo Quaresma, Pepe (Portugal)
• Bruma scored Real Sociedad de Fútbol’s goal in a 3-1 Liga loss to Pepe’s Real Madrid CF in December 2015.
• Álvaro Negredo netted twice in Sevilla FC’s 5-1 Spanish Liga victory over Fabio Coltorti’s Real Racing Club Santander in May 2010; Adriano was also in the Sevilla team.
• Stefan Ilsanker and Marcel Sabitzer were in the Austria side that drew 0-0 with Portugal, who included Quaresma and Pepe, in the UEFA EURO 2016 group stage.