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Champions League: City’s home run a worry for Dortmund

Manchester City FC will look tonight to maintain their impressive 17-match unbeaten home run in European competition when they host Group D rivals Borussia Dortmund. The teams experienced differing fortunes on matchday one, City conceding two late goals to lose 3-2 at Real Madrid CF while Dortmund saw off AFC Ajax 1-0.According to uefa.com, although the clubs have never met before, Dortmund’s first European away match came at City’s old Maine Road stadium against Manchester United FC in the 1956/57 European Champion Clubs’ Cup first round, owing to Old Trafford’s lack of floodlights. They were 3-0 down at half-time but fought back to 3-2 – the eventual aggregate score.Dortmund fared better at Old Trafford, beating United 1-0 through a goal by Lars Ricken, now head of the club’s youth department, to secure a 2-0 aggregate success in the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League semi-final en route to winning the trophy.City’s last European home loss was against FC Midtjylland in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup second qualifying round.City have recorded three wins and a draw against German visitors, most recently a 2-0 success against FC Bayern Munchen in their final match of last season’s group stage – albeit not enough to spare them elimination.Dortmund lost all three away fixtures in last term’s group stage, including a 2-1 reverse at Arsenal FC, which means they have been defeated on their last three visits to England.Robert Mancini faced Dortmund as a UC Sampdoria player in the 1989/90 European Cup Winners’ Cup second round, scoring an 88th-minute equaliser in a 1-1 away draw before a 2-0 home victory for Samp, who went on to win the trophy.Mancini’s FC Internazionale Milano finished above SV Werder Bremen in the 2004/05 group stage, taking four points off them. Inter were second behind Bayern in the 2006/07 group stage, taking one point from the German club.Vincent Kompany played for Hamburger SV from 2006 to 2008, facing Dortmund twice in the Bundesliga – a 1-0 away loss in September 2006 and a 1-0 home win in March 2008.

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