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Match facts: Schalke v Manchester United

Published: Saturday 23 April 2011, 3.45CET
Match facts: Schalke v Manchester United
Raúl González celebrates after Schalke confirmed their semi-final spot ©Getty Images
 

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Published: Saturday 23 April 2011, 3.45CET

Match facts: Schalke v Manchester United

Schalke

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

• Thiago Motta's goal in the quarter-final second leg was the 50th Schalke have conceded in the European Champion Clubs' Cup.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Schalke have conceded eight goals, the most of the teams left in the competition.

• Schalke have committed 171 fouls and collected 26 yellow cards, both more than any other semi-finalist.

• Jefferson Farfán is the only player to have collected five yellow cards in this season's competition and is available again after a one-game suspension.

• Raúl González, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and José Manuel Jurado are within a booking of a ban.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 23 April: FC Schalke 04 0-1 1. FC Kaiserslautern (Lakić 42)
Neuer; Hao, Pliatsikas (Jurado 46), Metzelder, Escudero; Matip, Farfán (Baumjohann 46), Draxler, Avelar; Edu (Karimi 62), Raúl

• Ralf Rangnick suffered the first defeat of his second spell in charge of Schalke after four wins and a draw as his club recorded their 150th home Bundesliga loss.

• The Schalke coach was without the injured Benedikt Höwedes while Sergio Escudero, Junmin Hao, Vasilios Pliatsikas and Edu came in for Atsuto Uchida, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Anthony Annan and Angelos Charisteas. Pliatsikas, who is not in the UEFA Champions League squad, made his first first-team appearance since November 2009 while Alexander Baumjohann, Uchida, Hans Sarpei and José Manuel Jurado were all on the bench.

• The 5-0 defeat at Kaiserslautern on 27 November was Schalke's heaviest Bundesliga loss in 18 years.

• Schalke's 100% record under Rangnick ended on 16 April with a 1-1 draw at SV Werder Bremen. Charisteas made his first start for the Gelsenkirchen side against his former employers while winter signing Danilo Avelar, who is ineligible for the UEFA Champions League, made his club debut.

• The game marked Rangnick's 250th as a coach in the Bundesliga, reaching the milestone with 99 wins.

• Schalke have conceded nine goals in their last 15 home games, keeping seven clean sheets in the process.

• Edu mustered two goals in his first 29 games this season but has now scored three in five outings.

• Schalke parted company with Felix Magath on 16 March. Assistant Seppo Eichkorn presided over a 2-0 defeat at Bayer 04 Leverkusen four days later before Rangnick was unveiled as Magath's long-term successor.

• Including the 2-0 defeat by FC Bayern München in the German Super Cup on 7 August, Schalke have lost 15 times this term – seven more than in the whole of 2009/10. They lost six of their first seven games this season.

• Schalke meet second-tier MSV Duisburg in the German Cup final on 21 May. They have lost every game following a German Cup tie this term: the only potential fixture after the showpiece is the UEFA Champions League final.

• Schalke lost their opening four league games this season, their worst start to a Bundesliga campaign.

Injury news
• Höwedes missed Saturday's defeat after suffering a stomach strain in team training.

• Mario Gavranović (ankle) and Peer Kluge (abdominal muscle strain) have been sidelined since picking up injuries at FC St Pauli on 1 April, a game Christoph Metzelder ended with a broken nose. Kluge returned to training on 19 April.

• Huntelaar has not played since suffering a knee injury on 2 March.

• Christoph Moritz (knee) and Christian Pander (toe, cold) have not featured since 29 January.

Miscellaneous
• On 20 April Manuel Neuer said he will not extend his contract beyond summer 2012, when his current deal runs out.

• Uchida won the 2011 AFC Asian Cup with Japan in January.

• Gavranović made his Switzerland debut on 26 March in a 0-0 UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying draw away to Bulgaria.

• Schalke signed midfielders Avelar (from FC Karpaty Lviv) and Annan (Rosenborg BK) in January but they are ineligible for the UEFA Champions League. Tim Hoogland (knee, pancreatitis) and Levan Kenia (ankle), both yet to play this season, were left out.

Manchester United

UEFA milestones
• United have scored 297 goals in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final; Javier Hernández's goal in the quarter-final second leg was their 500th in UEFA competition.

• Aged 37 years and 128 days, Ryan Giggs became the oldest United UEFA Champions League outfield player in the quarter-final first leg against Chelsea FC. He was nine days older than Laurent Blanc when the latter played against RC Deportivo La Coruña in March 2003.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• United have scored 12 goals, fewer than any other semi-finalist. They have conceded only three, the joint lowest total with Real Madrid CF.

• United have had fewer shots on goal (50) and collected fewer yellow cards (eight) than any other semi-finalist.

• Nani has committed 23 fouls; more than any other player still involved.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 23 April: Manchester United FC 1-0 Everton FC (Hernández 84)
Van der Sar; O'Shea (Evra 57), Ferdinand, Evans, Fabio; Valencia, Gibson (Giggs 74), Anderson, Nani (Owen 63); Rooney, Hernández

• United closed in on a record 19th league title despite making five changes, captain Nemanja Vidić and Chris Smalling left out altogether and Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Giggs on the bench. Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans – his first league appearance since 19 March – Darron Gibson, Fabio and Antonio Valencia came in.

• The Premier League leaders have won only three of their last eight away games in all competitions.

• Sir Alex Ferguson's side have won all 14 of their home matches since being held 1-1 by Valencia CF on Matchday 6. They have scored in their last 23 games at Old Trafford, last drawing a blank against Rangers FC on 14 September.

• United are 29 games unbeaten at home, since a 2-1 defeat by Chelsea FC on 3 April 2010, and have won all but one of their Premier League matches at Old Trafford this season, the only blemish a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion FC on 16 October.

• United have kept six clean sheets in their last ten matches in all competitions, and five in their last seven home matches.

• United's seven-game winning run in all competitions was ended by a 1-0 derby defeat by neighbours Manchester City FC in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on 16 April.

• Three days later United were held to a goalless draw at Newcastle United FC, the first time they had failed to score in successive matches since February/March 2009.

• Dimitar Berbatov has scored 21 league goals this season, equalling his best return set in the Bundesliga with Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2005/06. He became the fourth player to score five goals in a Premier League game on 27 November as United beat Blackburn Rovers FC 7-1.

• Giggs played his 607th league game for United at Liverpool FC on 6 March, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's club record.

• United's unbeaten start to the league season ended with a 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC on 5 February, their first Premier League loss since Chelsea won by the same score at Old Trafford last April.

Injury news
• Berbatov has not played since the City defeat on 16 April due to a groin strain.

• Darren Fletcher, who has been suffering from a virus, made his last appearance on 8 March.

• Rafael injured a hamstring against Olympique de Marseille on 15 March and, though he returned for the quarter-final first leg at Chelsea, he was replaced on 51 minutes with a knee injury and has not played since, although he was an unused substitute against Everton on Saturday.

• Anders Lindegaard has been out since early March with a knee problem.

• Valencia dislocated and fractured his left ankle against Rangers on 14 September, returning to action on 12 March.

Miscellaneous
• Sir Alex is to be made a Doctor of the University of Stirling at a ceremony on 29 June in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport.

• On 20 April Will Keane scored a hat-trick as United ran out 4-0 winners against Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup semi-final second leg, completing a 6-3 aggregate victory. They will play Sheffield United FC in the two-legged final on 20 and 25 May.

• Edwin van der Sar, Vidić, Nani and Berbatov were all included in the Professional Footballers' Association team of the year, announced on 17 April.

• Van der Sar has confirmed he will hang up his gloves at the end of the campaign at the age of 40.

• Owen Hargreaves lasted ten minutes against Wolves on 6 November – his first start since 21 September 2008 – before going off with a hamstring injury. He is not in United's UEFA Champions League squad.

• United will embark on a five-match pre-season tour of the United States in July.

Last updated: 26/04/11 10.38CET

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