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Match facts: Schalke v Benfica

Published: Sunday 26 September 2010, 21.45CET delves into all the latest facts and figures ahead of the UEFA Champions League fixture, with competition milestones, up-to-date injury news and recent domestic information.
Match facts: Schalke v Benfica
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Published: Sunday 26 September 2010, 21.45CET

Match facts: Schalke v Benfica delves into all the latest facts and figures ahead of the UEFA Champions League fixture, with competition milestones, up-to-date injury news and recent domestic information.


UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Benedikt Höwedes serves a one-game ban following his red card on Matchday 1.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 25 September: FC Schalke 04 2–2 VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach
(Huntelaar 52, Raúl 87; Daems 15pen, Bradley 43)
Neuer; Höwedes, Metzelder, Plestan (Uchida 46), Schmitz; Jones (Farfán 51), Matip, Rakitić (Edu 77); Jurado; Raúl, Huntelaar

• Raúl González's first goal for Schalke earned a share of the spoils against a Mönchengladbach side reduced to ten men 12 minutes from time. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had halved the deficit with his third strike in as many games.

• Schalke lost their opening four league games, their worst ever start to a top-flight campaign. They finally got off the mark with a 2-1 win at SC Freiburg on 22 September, Huntelaar scoring the decisive goal three minutes from time.

• Huntelaar had opened his account for his new club three days earlier with a consolation in the 3-1 derby defeat by Borussia Dortmund – a result which left Schalke bottom of the table.

• The last time Schalke started with back-to-back league losses, in 1987/88, they were relegated.

• Just one Schalke player was dismissed last term – it took Höwedes an hour to equal that mark in this season's opener against Hamburger SV. Höwedes was sent off again against Olympique Lyonnais, while Plestan was given his marching orders against Dortmund.

Injury news
• Atsuto Uchida came on against Mönchengladbach, his first game since breaking a toe at the start of September.

• Christoph Metzelder (groin) returned after a two-game absence to line up against Freiburg.

• Jermaine Jones missed last season with a tibia injury but was back for the start of this term.

• Christian Pander also sat out 2009/10 and remains sidelined with muscular problems.

• Tim Hoogland, Mario Gavranović (both knee) and Levan Kenia (ankle) are all unavailable.

Summer transfers
Raúl González (Real Madrid CF)
Christoph Metzelder (Real Madrid CF)
José Manuel Jurado (Club Atlético de Madrid)
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan)
Erik Jendrišek (1. FC Kaiserslautern)
Ciprian Deac (CFR 1907 Cluj)
Tim Hoogland (1. FSV Mainz 05)
Atsuto Uchida (Kashima Antlers)
Hans Sarpei (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
Nicolas Plestan (LOSC Lille Métropole)
Sergio Escudero (Real Murcia CF)
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Olympiacos FC)

Carlos Zambrano (FC St. Pauli, loan)
Lewis Holtby (1. FSV Mainz 05, loan)
Tore Reginiussen (US Lecce, loan)
Jan Morávek (1. FC Kaiserslautern, loan)
Kevin Kuranyi (FC Dinamo Moskva)
Heiko Westermann (Hamburger SV)
Rafinha (Genoa CFC)
Gerald Asamoah (FC St. Pauli)
Marcelo Bordon (Al-Rayyan SC)
Vicente Sánchez (CF América)
Mineiro (retired)

• Huntelaar scored five goals for the Netherlands against San Marino (5-0) and Finland (2-1) at the start of September.

• Hans Sarpei scored his first goal for Ghana against Swaziland in African Cup of Nations qualifying on 4 September.


UEFA milestones
• Benfica have conceded 347 goals in UEFA club competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• None

Latest domestic information
Saturday 25 September: CS Marítimo 0-1 SL Benfica (Fábio Coentrão 58)
Roberto; Pereira, Luisão, Luiz, Peixoto; Javi García, Gaitán (Salvio 70), Carlos Martins (Airton 83), Fábio Coentrão; Saviola (Jara 74), Cardozo

• Nicolás Gaitán replaced Pablo Aimar in the only change to the team which defeated Sporting Clube de Portugal six days earlier.

• Fábio Coentrão's goal was his first in the Liga since 8 May 2009, when he was on loan at Rio Ave FC.

• Benfica have kept three successive clean sheets.

• Two Óscar Cardozo goals earned the Portuguese champions a 2-0 home derby victory over Sporting on 19 September.

• Jorge Jesus' side began the season with a 2-0 Super Cup defeat by FC Porto before three Liga losses in four games – their worst ever start to a top-flight campaign. Benfica suffered just two defeats in 30 matches last term.

Injury news
• Aimar missed the Marítimo game after twisting his right knee against Sporting; Ruben Amorim also sat out the trip to Madeira after complaining of pain in both knees following training on 24 September.

• Eduardo Salvio made his first appearance since 28 August against Marítimo after recovering from muscle pains.

• Alan Kardec and Roderick have not played this term after picking up hamstring injuries in pre-season training, though the former was an unused substitute at Marítimo.

Summer transfers
Nicolás Gaitán (CA Boca Juniors)
Fábio Faria (Rio Ave FC)
Franco Jara (Arsenal Fútbol Club)
Roberto (Club Atlético de Madrid)
Eduardo Salvio (Club Atlético de Madrid, loan)

Angel di María (Real Madrid CF)
Ramires (Chelsea FC)
Quim (SC Braga)
Miguel Vítor (Leicester City FC)

• On Monday Benfica announced they have extended Fábio Coentrão's contract for one more year, until 30 June 2016.

• David Luiz, who won his first cap in Brazil's 2-0 win against the United States on 10 August, has been named in their squad for October's friendlies against as yet unknown opposition.

• Maxi Pereira has been named in Uruguay's squad for friendlies against Indonesia and China on 8 and 12 October respectively; Gaitán has been called up by Argentina for a game against Japan on 8 October.

• Fernando Riera, who led Benfica to three Liga titles in the 1960s, died on 24 September aged 90.

Last updated: 27/09/10 19.08CET

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