Already qualified for the UEFA Europa League round of 32, Borussia Dortmund need a point to win Group C when facing FC Krasnodar in Kuban on Thursday evening (kick-off: 17:00CET/16:00GMT).
Thomas Tuchel’s men will also be aiming to bounce back from Matchday 13’s surprise 3-1 defeat at Hamburger SV although will have to be wary: Krasnodar have not lost a game in Europe since a 2-1 loss in Dortmund in September and will themselves qualify for the knockout stages with victory.
- Joo-Ho Park scored an injury-time winner in BVB’s victory against Krasnodar at the Signal Iduna Park on September 17.
- Dortmund boast a good record in Russia: they have won all three away games there.
- Krasnodar, however, have won all four European home games this campaign.
- For their part, BVB have not lost a European game since Tuchel took the reins this summer (seven wins, one draw).
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored his 15th Bundesliga goal of the season in Hamburg, is one of six players to have registered four goals in the Europa League group stages.
- Dortmund will travel over 2,400 kilometres for this clash.
Krasnodar: Dykan - Endzheichik, Sigurdsson, Granqvist, Kaleshin - Akhmedov, Kabore, Gazinsky - Mamaev, Ari, Smolov
Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Ginter, Hummels, Sokratis, Schmelzer - Weigl, Bender - Kagawa, Mkhitaryan, Castro, Januzaj - Ramos