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Scandinavian duo facing nervy night

Tuesday 13 November 2012 15.02 CET
Molde need victory and a touch of fortune on matchday five

Having recently retained their Norwegian title, Molde FK will look to claw back a perilous situation in UEFA Europa League Group E at home against FC København.

• A win is the only result that would guarantee either side something to play for on matchday six. Both sides would be eliminated if a draw coincides with a victory for VfB Stuttgart at FC Steaua Bucureşti.

Previous meetings
• FCK won 2-1 when the sides met for the first time on matchday one. Andreas Cornelius scored the winner after on-loan striker Pape Paté Diouf had equalised against his parent club on the stroke of half-time, Brazilian midfielder Claudemir having given the hosts an early advantage. It was Molde's first experience of Danish opposition.

• København have played eight games against Norwegian sides in Europe, with the record W5 D2 L1 (W4 D1 L0 at home – W1 D1 L1 in Norway). Most recently, they eliminated Rosenborg BK in the play-offs to reach the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• There have now been 20 games between Danish and Norwegian sides in UEFA competition, with the Danes' record reading W10 D4 L6 (W7 D1 L3 at home – W3 D3 L3 in Norway).

Match background
• Molde confirmed a second successive Norwegian title success the weekend after matchday four. Their domestic season is now over.

• A 2-1 loss to Steaua on matchday four ended a run of two 2-0 home wins for Molde.

• København have not scored in three European games since beating Molde on matchday one. They have also not scored in their last three European away games.

Team facts
• Molde are within two goals of conceding their 50th in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League; this will be their 33rd game in the competition.

• FCK are within three goals of scoring their 100th in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League; this will be their 73rd game in the competition.

• Molde coach Solskjær played against FCK twice in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group stage, coming on for 30 minutes as his Manchester United FC side prevailed 3-0 at Old Trafford. He then featured for the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss in Copenhagen.

• Solskjær left his home-town club Clausenengen FK for Molde in 1994, and played for them in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup before embarking on a glittering career as a forward at Manchester United, where he won six English titles, two FA Cups and scored the winner in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League final. Having taken charge of the Old Trafford club's reserves after hanging up his boots, he returned to Molde to become coach, leading them to a first Norwegian title in his debut season, 2011.

• Solskjær never appeared in the UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League as a player.

• FCK's coach is Ariël Jacobs, who led RSC Anderlecht from 2007-12, winning two titles and a Belgian Cup to add to the one he picked up at RAA Louviéroise in 2002/03. Once a striker with K. Diegem Sport, the 59-year-old coached national youth teams and assisted Guy Thys as senior Belgium boss before returning to club football.

• Jacobs took charge of Anderlecht midway through the 2007/08 UEFA Europa League group stage, steering them through to the round of 32. He repeated that feat in 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12 and thus has never failed to lead a side through a European group stage.

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