Borussia Dortmund and Lazio are close to the 1/16 of the Champions League, Brugge has more theoretical chances, while Zenit has only one point after four rounds without the opportunity to fight to continue competing in the elite, but can reach the sixteenth final of the Europa League.
The derby of the fifth round of Group F is a duel at Signal Iduna Park (21.00), where the Millionaires welcome the Roman Lazio. Both teams lost their games the previous weekend in the national championship. Koln shocked Lucien Favre's squad in Dortmund (1: 2), while Simone Inzaghi's team unexpectedly lost at the Olympics against Udinese in Serie A (1: 3).
When you look at the table, a point would be acceptable for both teams. Borussia Dortmund would be almost certain (not mathematically) in the 1/16 of the Champions League with a draw, while the Romans would keep second place and hold the key to the knockout phase of the strongest club competition on the Old Continent.
In the case of Zenit's victory against Brugge away, these two teams would, regardless of the result of the derby of this group, secure a place among the 16 best teams of the Old Continent.
This match could be a showdown between two great goal scorers Erling Halland and Ciro Immobile.
The Norwegian scored six goals and is currently the top scorer in the strongest club competition, while the experienced Italian shook the net three times in the Champions League. After he was positive for coronavirus, the Serbian national team player Sergej Milinković Savić is returning to the Lazio team.
The Romans have been waiting for a full two decades for placement in the knockout phase of the Champions League final. When that happened, the attack of the Romans was led by the current coach of the sky-blues, Simone Inzaghi.
Home team coach Lucien Favre cannot count on the injured Marcel Schmelzer and the Belgian Thomas Meunier. German media speculate that Favre could rest Halland. In the first match at the Olympics, Lazio beat Dortmund with 3: 1.
In all four duels, these two teams in European competitions won the home teams. Russian triple-crown winner Sergei Semak must win if he wants to keep his chances of qualifying for the last 16 of the Europa League. In the first match of these two teams in St.
Petersburg, the Belgian champion celebrated with 2: 1. The host needs a point in order to mathematically fight for the continuation of being in Europe, while in the case of a triumph, even the round of 16 of the Champions League is not impossible