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UEFA Champions League

  • November 7, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu, Cluj-Napoca
  • Referee: W. Collum
  • • Attendance: 16232

Champions League Preview: CFR Cluj - Galatasaray

The Turks go in search of their first European away win in almost a decade, and the hosts have have lost six of their last 10 Champions League group games.



Ivo Pinto, Cadu, Piccolo, Sepsi
Valente, Alberto, Muresan, Camora
Rui Pedro

Eboue, Cris, Nounkeu, Hamit
Riera, Selcuk, Yekta, Amrabat
Burak, Umut

Cluj coach Paulo Sergio has just one injury worry for the welcome of Galatasaray on Wednesday, which could see the Portuguese tactician forced into altering his starting XI.

Rafael Bastos was forced off early on during the recent 5-0 win over Brasov, but Rui Pedro is expected to deputize for the Brazilian, with Sergio facing no further concerns ahead of the encounter.

Galatasaray enters the encounter on the back of an impressive 3-1 win over Istanbul BB and coach Fatih Terim will hope his side can carry the form on into the encounter with the Romanian outfit.

Fortunately for Terim, he faces no fresh injury complaints ahead of the game with Cluj and is expected to name the same starting XI from the weekend.

  • Cluj has netted four times during the Champions League this season despite having just five shots on target.
  • One of those, despite securing a 1-1 draw, didn't come against Galatasaray two weeks ago, with Dany Nounkeu netting an own goal for the Romanian side.
  • Cluj has won just two of its 10 home games in Europe, not including the qualifiers.
  • Galatasaray has mustered just one point from its last nine Champions League group games away from home.
  • Top scorer Burak Yilmaz (pictured, right) has netted the club's only goal of its European campaign this season.
  • Galatasaray will become the first Turkish team to play Cluj in Romania in the host's history.


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1Mário FelgueirasGoalkeeper
-Ivo PintoDefender
33Laszlo SepsiDefender
13Felice PiccoloDefender
6Gabriel MuresanMidfielder
-Nicolas GodemècheMidfielder
-Luís AlbertoMidfielder
-Pantelis KapetanosStriker
99M. SougouStriker
44Eduard StăncioiuGoalkeeper
24Vasile MafteiGoalkeeper
24Ionut RadaDefender
16Rafael BastosMidfielder
-Rui PedroStriker
-Diogo ValenteStriker
32Sasa BjelanovicStriker
25Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
-Dany NounkeuDefender
27Emmanuel EboueDefender
4Hamit AltıntopMidfielder
8Selçuk İnanMidfielder
35Yekta KurtuluşMidfielder
52Emre ÇolakMidfielder
17Burak YılmazStriker
19Umut BulutStriker
-Ufuk CeylanGoalkeeper
22Hakan BaltaDefender
26Semih KayaDefender
55Sabri SarıoğluDefender
7Aydın YılmazMidfielder
-Engin BaytarMidfielder
-Nordin AmrabatStriker

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