FC Vaslui host S.S. Lazio with victory for either side guaranteeing them a place alongside UEFA Europa League Group D leaders Sporting Clube de Portugal in the round of 32.
Giuseppe Sculli (71) earned Lazio a 2-2 draw when the sides met for the first time in Rome on matchday one, scoring after Vaslui captain Wesley had struck twice (59 & 63) to cancel out Djibril Cissé’s 35th-minute opener from the spot. It was Vaslui’s first game against Italian opposition.
Lazio had previously taken on FC Dinamo Bucureşti in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, prevailing 3-1 in Bucharest after a 1-1 draw in Rome.
Vaslui are yet to be beaten at home in UEFA club competition, recording six wins and four draws in their ten outings to date since making their European debut in 2008. They have maintained that unbeaten run despite playing their European home games this season in in Piatra Neamt, a little over 100km from their home town.
Lazio have lost three of their last five European away games, with a 3-1 win at FK Rabotnicki in this season’s UEFA Europa League play-offs the only victory in that run. Read more
FC Vorskla Poltava are already out of contention for a UEFA Europa League round of 32 and they will take FC Kobenhavn out of the Group B reckoning too if they can secure a first win in the section on matchday five.
Morten Nordstrand’s penalty on 54 minutes gave København a 1-0 win when these sides met for the first time on matchday one, on the day that Vorskla goalkeeper Serhiy Dolganskiy celebrated his 37th birthday; it was the Danish club’s first meeting with Ukrainian opponents in their current form.
B 1903 Kobenhavn, who merged with Kjøbenhavns BK to form FCK in 1992, played FC Dynamo Kyiv in the 1973/74 UEFA Cup second round, losing 1-0 away and 2-1 at home.
Vorskla’s only previous meeting with Danish opponents came in the 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup second round; they drew 2-2 with Akademisk Boldklub in Soberg, winning the tie on away goals following a 1-1 draw in the return fixture. Read more
FC Kobenhavn will look to extend an eight-game unbeaten home run in UEFA group stage matches as they host a Hannover 96 side who have yet to lose a contest in this competition.
The teams drew 2-2 when they met for the first time on 20 October, in what was Hannover’s first UEFA game against a Danish side.
Dame N’Doye (67) cancelled out a first-half opener from Hannover’s Christian Pander (29), but Sergio Pinto (81) looked to have won the game for the hosts until substitute César Santin (89) levelled at the death.
Including their matchday three game against Hannover, FCK’s seven games against German sides ended W1 D2 L4 (W1 D0 L3 at home).
Hannover beat a Danish side, B1909 Odense, 3-2 at home and 1-0 away in the 1968/69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the non-UEFA affiliated predecessor of the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League. Read more