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Match facts: Milan v Plzeň

Published: Sunday 25 September 2011, 21.45CET
Match facts: Milan v Plzeň
Clarence Seedorf is mobbed after scoring the only goal against Cesena on Saturday ©Getty Images

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Published: Sunday 25 September 2011, 21.45CET

Match facts: Milan v Plzeň

Milan

UEFA milestones
• Milan have scored 197 goals in the UEFA Champions League, and conceded 198 in the European Cup.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Gennaro Gattuso is serving the second of a four-game ban; Philippe Mexès is available after his suspension on matchday one.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 24 September: AC Milan 1-0 AC Cesena (Seedorf 5)
Abbiati; Abate, Yepes, Thiago Silva, Taiwo (Zambrotta 52); Van Bommel, Seedorf, Nocerino, Emanuelson; El Shaarawy (Aquilani 66), Cassano (Inzaghi 82)

• Clarence Seedorf's early goal earned Milan their first victory of their title defence. The 35-year-old has now scored in each of his 14 seasons in Italian football and in each of his 20 campaigns as a professional.

• Mario Yepes played for the first time this season in place of the rested Alessandro Nesta, Taye Taiwo making his Milan debut at left-back. Urby Emanuelson and Stefan El Shaarawy started, the latter for the first time.

• Milan have not lost at San Siro in Serie A for 13 matches, since a 1-0 defeat by AS Roma on 18 December 2010.

• The Rossoneri's nine-game unbeaten league run, dating back to March's 1-0 defeat by US Città di Palermo, ended when they succumbed 3-1 to SSC Napoli on 18 September. Napoli's Edinson Cavani became the first player since ACF Fiorentina's Gabriel Batistuta (26 September 1998) to record a hat-trick against Milan. Alberto Aquilani had put Milan ahead with his first goal for the club.

• Having made his debut for the Italian champions as a substitute in Naples, El Shaarawy scored his first goal for Allegri's side three days later in a 1-1 home draw with Udinese Calcio.

• Milan have started their last three seasons as Serie A champions with a 2-2 draw, following stalemates against US Lecce (1999/2000), AS Livorno Calcio (2004/05) and S.S. Lazio (2011/12).

• The opening weekend of the season – and Milan's trip to Cagliari Calcio – was postponed due to a players' strike.

Injury news
• Filippo Inzaghi, not included in Milan's UEFA Champions League squad, made his first appearance of the campaign as a late substitute against Udinese. Robinho remains sidelined with a toe injury sustained in pre-season.

• Pato (right thigh, out since 21 September), Massimo Ambrosini (shoulder, 13 September) and Kevin-Prince Boateng (hip, 13 September) have all been sidelined; Zlatan Ibrahimović has not featured since injuring his thigh in training before matchday one.

• Mathieu Flamini will miss the group stage after undergoing knee surgery at the end of August. The France midfielder damaged his cruciate ligament in a 2-1 pre-season friendly victory against Juventus on 21 August. Taiwo suffered an ankle injury in the same match but returned to the fold against Cesena.

Summer transfers
In
Philippe Mexès (AS Roma)
Taye Taiwo (Olympique de Marseille)
Stephan El Shaarawy (Genoa CFC)
Antonio Nocerino (US Città di Palermo)
Alberto Aquilani (Liverpool FC, loan)

Out
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Genoa CFC)
Alexander Merkel (Genoa CFC)
Marek Jankulovski (released)
Nicola Legrottaglie (released)
Massimo Oddo (US Lecce, loan)
Rodney Strasser (US Lecce, loan)
Dídac Vilà (RCD Espanyol, loan)

Viktoria Plzeň

UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• None

Latest domestic information
Friday 23 September: SK Dynamo České Budějovice 0-0 FC Viktoria Plzeň
Čech; Rajtoral, Čišovský, Bystroň, Limberský; Petržela (Hora 87), Horváth, Jiráček, Kolář, Pilař (Darida 71); Bakoš (Ďuriš 63)

• Pavel Vrba's side failed to muster a single shot on target against a České Budějovice team that began the weekend with the First League's worst defensive record.

• It was Plzeň's first goalless draw in 42 league outings, since being held, also by České Budějovice, on 24 April 2010.

• At this stage last term, Plzeň were unbeaten and top of the First League on 22 points – eight more than this time around.

• On 17 September, Plzeň came from 2-1 down to beat FK Jablonec 4-2, with Michal Ďuriš scoring twice as he deputised for the suspended Marek Bakoš in attack.

• Pavel Horváth was also on target against Jablonec as he converted his second penalty of the campaign in all competitions; meanwhile, Daniel Kolář took his tally this season to seven goals, none of which have come earlier than first-half added time.

• Plzeň's 30-match unbeaten run at home in the league, stretching back over two years, ended with a 2-0 defeat by AC Sparta Praha on 29 August.

• Vrba's side began the domestic season with victory in the Czech Super Cup, beating Czech Cup holders FK Mladá Boleslav 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Injury news
• Goalkeeper Roman Pavlík will be out until the end of September after injuring his knee at Rosenborg BK on 27 July; Plzeň signed Marek Čech, 35, as cover.

Summer transfers
In
Marek Čech (FC Zhemchuzhina-Sochi)
Marián Čišovský (FC Timişoara)
Michal Daněk (FC Baník Ostrava)
Jakub Hora (SK Slavia Praha)
Václav Pilař (FC Hradec Králové)
Radim Řezník (FC Baník Ostrava)
Roman Pavlík (SK Kladno)

Out
Tomáš Hájovský (FK Baník Sokolov)
Aleš Neuwirth (FC Mladá Boleslav)
Jan Rezek (Anorthosis Famagusta FC)
Miloš Brezinský (SK Dynamo České Budějovice)

Miscellaneous
• Petr Jiráček made his international debut on 3 September as the Czech Republic drew 2-2 with Scotland in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying. Milan Petržela also started in Glasgow.

• Three days later, Kolář marked his fourth cap with his first international goal as the Czech Republic claimed a 4-0 friendly victory against Ukraine.

• Former Czech international Pavel Nedvěd featured on 4 September as his old club Plzeň marked their centenary celebrations with an exhibition game.

Last updated: 26/09/11 17.46CET

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