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Unbeaten PSG can take step closer to qualification

Unbeaten PSG can take step closer to qualification

Paris Saint-Germain is unbeaten in the Europa League and can take a step closer to the knockout round if it beats Borussia Dortmund on Thursday.
PSG needed a late equalizer to grab a point at Dortmund two weeks ago, meaning that the German club needs to win in Paris to stand a realistic chance of going through.
"We've shown this season already that we are able to win top games. It is like a final for us," Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller said.
Fans of the six-time German champions are expected to number around 2,500 at Parc des Princes. A heavy security presence will be in place around the stadium. Two seasons ago, PSG hooligans fought running battles with their counterparts from Dutch side FC Twente prior to the match, both in the city center and outside the stadium.
Dortmund moved to the top of the Bundesliga by winning 2-0 at previous leader Mainz on Sunday, but has only four points from three games in the Europa League.
PSG leads Group J with seven points while Sevilla, which lost at home to PSG, has six points.
"We have to get at least six points from the last three games, otherwise we are out of it," Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin added.
Dortmund struggled to break PSG down in the corresponding match two weeks ago, needing a disputed penalty to take the lead before midfielder Clement Chantome leveled in the 87th minute.
But Dortmund has been in excellent form away from home in the Bundesliga, and coach Juergen Klopp is upbeat.
"What we saw makes us believe that we can beat PSG on the road," said Klopp, whose team has set a Bundesliga record by winning all of its first five away games of the season.
PSG has relied heavily on Brazilian playmaker Nene this season. His nine goals in all competitions make him comfortably the club's top scorer.
But the club's forwards, Mevlut Erding and Guillaume Hoarau, have struggled to find the net.
Hoarau missed an easy header that could have won the match in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Montpellier and, after he was immediately replaced by coach Antoine Kombouare, sat slumped on the bench in despair with a towel over his head.
"A striker's life isn't always easy. I'm up against it, but I won't give up," Hoarau said. "But it's certain that I need to score to stop doubting myself."
Kombouare has publicly backed Hoarau, who has failed to make an impression since being called up to the France team by new coach Laurent Blanc.
"Guillaume needs to keep working hard, he shouldn't doubt himself. He should enjoy playing and it will come," Kombouare said.
Turkey striker Erding has fared little better, with only one goal in the last 15, and Kombouare is under pressure to find a solution up front.