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Match facts: Juventus v Celtic

Published: Saturday 2 March 2013, 1.32CET
Match facts: Juventus v Celtic
Celtic midfielder Scott Brown tracks Juve's Claudio Marchisio during the first leg ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 2 March 2013, 1.32CET

Match facts: Juventus v Celtic

Juventus

UEFA Champions League statistics
• The Bianconeri's 3-0 first-leg victory was just shy of their biggest away win in the UEFA Champions League, a 4-0 triumph at Celtic's Glasgow rivals Rangers FC in the 1995/96 group stage.

• Ahead of the second legs, Juve were one of three unbeaten sides in the competition along with FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund.

• The Italian champions have conceded four goals, the joint lowest total among the last 16 along with FC Porto.

• Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Pirlo have played every minute of Juventus's campaign.

• Juventus's win against FC Nordsjælland on matchday four ended an unprecedented nine successive draws in European competition; the previous high was seven.

• The last time Juventus started the group stage with three draws, in 1998/99, they reached the semi-finals.

• On matchday one, Juventus became only the second team to avoid defeat against Chelsea FC in the UEFA Champions League after going two goals down, following AS Monaco FC in the 2004 semi-final second leg.

• Giorgio Chiellini is available after a one-game ban. Stephan Lichtsteiner, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal will incur a suspension with their next yellow cards.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In
Nicolas Anelka (Shanghai Shenhua FC), Federico Peluso (Atalanta BC, loan)

Out
Nicklas Bendtner, Lúcio (São Paulo FC)

• Fernando Llorente will join Juve on a four-year deal this summer when his contract runs out at Athletic Club.

• Bendtner will be out of action until mid-March with a thigh injury.

Miscellaneous
• Chiellini's first goal in over a year helped earn Juventus a 1-1 draw at second-placed SSC Napoli on Friday, the Bianconeri maintaining their six-point lead at the Serie A summit with 11 games to go.

• Chiellini came on as a substitute in the 3-0 victory against AC Siena on 24 February, his first appearance since picking up a calf injury in December.

• Unbeaten in the league last season, Juventus have lost four Serie A games this term.

• Simone Pepe underwent surgery last month on a thigh injury sustained in a pre-season friendly that has limited him to just 22 minutes of action this term.

• On 10 November Fabio Quagliarella scored his first professional hat-trick as Juventus won 6-1 at Pescara Calcio, their largest away victory in Serie A since beating AC Milan by the same scoreline on 6 April 1997.

• Juve's 49-game unbeaten run in Serie A ended on 3 November with a 3-1 loss at home to FC Internazionale Milano.

Celtic

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Celtic have scored 48 goals in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

• Celtic's 3-0 first-leg defeat equalled their heaviest home loss in Europe, matching the reverse they suffered against Paris Saint-Germain FC in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup second round second leg in 1995.

• The 3-2 win at FC Spartak Moskva on matchday two was Celtic's first in 21 attempts away from home in the UEFA Champions League. They lost 19 of the previous 20 – and both since.

• Celtic have conceded 11 goals, the joint highest total among the teams in the round of 16 along with Arsenal FC.

• Fraser Forster has played all 990 minutes of Celtic's campaign, qualifying included. Kelvin Wilson has featured for all 630 minutes in the competition proper.

• The Scottish champions attempted fewer passes than any other side in the group stage and their pass completion rate (55%) and share of possession (38%) were lower than all but CFR 1907 Cluj.

• Ten of the side that started on matchday one were making group stage debuts, with Scott Brown the exception.

• Brown and James Forrest are within a booking of bans.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In
None

Out
Paddy McCourt, Filip Twardzik

• Rami Gershon (R. Standard de Liège, loan) and Tom Rogic (Central Coast Mariners FC) arrived at Celtic during the winter but have not been registered for the UEFA Champions League.

Miscellaneous
• Celtic negotiated passage to the Scottish Cup semi-finals on Saturday with a 2-1 win at Saint Mirren FC. They will play Dundee United FC in the last four on 13/14 April.

• A point clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League at the beginning of December, a run of 11 wins in 14 top-flight games has helped Celtic increase their advantage to 16 points.

• Neil Lennon's side have won just three of their last seven away games in all competitions.

• Celtic suffered their fifth league defeat of the season on 27 February, going down 2-1 at Motherwell FC. Giorgos Samaras marked his return after nearly a month out with a hamstring injury by scoring Celtic's goal.

• Brown (hip) and Mikael Lustig (thigh) have been ruled out of the trip to Turin with knocks sustained in the first leg.

• Eight points from their opening five fixtures represented Celtic's worst start to a league season since 1998/99.

• Lennon celebrates his third anniversary in charge of Celtic on 25 March, having taken the reins on a caretaker basis following the departure of Tony Mowbray in 2010.

Last updated: 04/03/13 15.38CET

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