Facts: Olexandriya – Wolfsburg | UEFA Europa League

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Group stage debutant Olexandriya has played the last three games in a draw. Only with a win, the Ukrainians can continue to hope for a place in the knockout round. The guests from Wolfsburg have not won after the first matchday. The opponent was also called Olexandriya. If the VfL win a second time, he could already qualify for the knockout phase.

• Olexandriya lost their first game in Group I against Wolfsburg 3-1, but then drew three times (against Gent 1-1 at home and against Saint-Étienne 1-1 away and 2-2 at home). Substitute Maksym Zaderaka saved one point against the French in stoppage time in the final game. The Lower Saxony played on Match 2 and 3 draw (1: 1 in St-Étienne and 2: 2 in Ghent). However, the "wolves" lost 1: 3 against the team from Belgium. Although they are three points behind the leaders, they are still among the top two teams in the group.

• A defeat would mean the end of Olexandriya's hopes of reaching the knockout stage. If Wolfsburg should win and St-Étienne should not get over a draw at home against Ghent, the VfL would be ahead prematurely.


Wolfsburg celebrated a home win at home

Wolfsburg celebrated a home win at home

Earlier encounters
• Wolfsburg and Olexandriya had never played in the European Cup against a club from the other country before the duel on Matchday 1. The first encounter in Wolfsburg decided Maximilian Arnold, Admir Mehmedi and Josip Brekalo with their goals for the VfL. The first goal in a group stage of the European Cup for the Ukrainians scored midfielder Yevhen Banada.

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Olexandriya

• Olexandriya finished third in the Ukrainian Premier League in 2018/19, the best finish in the club's history. This qualified them directly for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, before they had never been on the European stage in the fall.

• For the club this is only the third participation in a European competition. The debut in the 2016/17 season was in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League final (against Hajduk Split), in 2017/18 they failed in the play-offs (against BATE Borisov). The only victory at European level in 2017/18 was in the third qualifying round against Astra Giurgiu (0-0 away, 1-0 at home).

• Olexandriya have won at home in Europe, drawn twice and lost twice. They scored four goals and conceded seven goals. They scored one goal in six European games in a row, and even two in the most recent game against St-Étienne.


Olexandriya drew against Saint-Étienne

Olexandriya drew against Saint-Étienne

Wolfsburg
• As sixth in the last Bundesliga season Wolfsburg secured a place in the group stage, and thus a first European Cup appearance since reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in the 2015/16 season.

• The Wolves are represented for the second time in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, in 2014/15 they failed only in the quarterfinals at Napoli. In the first edition of this competition, in the 2009/10 season, they were also in the quarter-finals, having previously become Group Knights in the UEFA Champions League.

• Thus Wolfsburg reached the quarter-finals in all three previous European Cup appearances. VfL have lost none of the last seven away games in the UEFA Europa League (3S, 4U), the last three of them ended in a draw. Overall, the Wolves have won away three times in this competition, played six times and lost twice. Both defeats they conceded in England.

miscellaneous
• Wolfsburg's Swiss striker Admir Mehmedi played for Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine from 2012 to 2013.

• Olexandriya is one of a total of six debutants in the UEFA Europa League group stage. The others are Espanyol, Ferencvaros, Wolverhampton Wanderers and the two Austrian clubs LASK and Wolfsberg. The Ukrainians are the only ones who have not won yet.

The coaches
• Former midfielder Volodymyr Sharan has played for Ukraine and twice won the championship with Dynamo Kyiv in the early 1990s. He has been coach of Olexandriya for almost ten years, after a first two-year term he briefly stayed with Karpaty Lviv before returning in 2013. Two years later, he led the club to promotion to the first Ukrainian league. Since then, Olexandriya has qualified for the UEFA Europa League three times, finishing in third place in the 2018/19 season and making it into the group stage for the first time.

• Austrian Oliver Glasner signed a three-year contract in the spring of 2019 to succeed Bruno Labbadia. He came in the summer as Austrian runner-up with LASK Linz to Wolfsburg, just two years earlier he had led the Linzer to rise from the second division. The former center-back spent almost his entire active career with Ried, where he twice won the Austrian Cup (1998 and 2011). He also worked one season as coach of the club before he went to LASK in 2015.



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