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Match facts: Inter v Marseille

Published: Saturday 10 March 2012, 3.45CET
Match facts: Inter v Marseille
Joel Obi (left) vies with César Azpilicueta during the first leg ©Getty Images

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Published: Saturday 10 March 2012, 3.45CET

Match facts: Inter v Marseille

Inter

UEFA milestones
• Inter's next win in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, will be their 50th; they have scored 146 goals.

• The Milan club have conceded 298 goals in UEFA competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Cristian Chivu serves a one-game ban against OM; Mauro Zárate will incur a suspension with his next booking.

Latest domestic information
Friday 9 March: AC Chievo Verona 0-2 FC Internazionale Milano (Samuel 87, Milito 90)
Júlio César; Maicon, Lúcio, Samuel, Nagatomo; Zanetti, Stanković, Poli (Cambiasso 84); Sneijder; Forlán (Pazzini 71), Milito.

• Walter Samuel scored his first goal in 31 league appearances as Inter ended a run of nine matches without a win in all competitions. During that sequence, the Nerazzurri drew the two games when they managed a goal and lost the seven when they did not.

• Diego Milito, who missed an early penalty at Chievo, has scored 11 goals in his last 12 games.

• Inter have lost 11 of their 27 league games this term, their worst tally at this stage of a campaign since 1946/47.

• After the first leg, Inter lost 1-0 at SSC Napoli on 26 February before halting a sequence of five successive defeats – their worst run since 1993/94 – by drawing 2-2 with Calcio Catania a week later.

• Diego Forlán's strike against Catania – his first in 13 games for Inter – was the Nerazzurri's first in 543 minutes, the club's longest goal drought since 1999.

• Inter have suffered two 3-0 home defeats this season, against Bologna FC (17 February) and Napoli (1 October). They are their heaviest home league losses since a 6-0 reverse against AC Milan in May 2001.

• Inter have lost five home league games already this season; as many as their six previous campaigns combined and only one shy of their worst ever return, set in 1955/56.

• Prior to their nine-match winless sequence Inter had recorded eight straight victories since completing the UEFA Champions League group stage, rising from 15th in Serie A to a campaign high of fourth.

• Inter's bid for a third successive Coppa Italia ended with a 2-0 quarter-final defeat at Napoli on 25 January.

• Claudio Ranieri guided Inter to a 3-1 victory against Bologna in his first game in charge on 24 September. He replaced Gian Piero Gasperini, who oversaw just four competitive fixtures – three losses and a draw.

Injury news
• Maicon strained a knee tendon at Marseille and missed two games before returning to the side on Friday.

• Andrea Ranocchia has been ruled out of the second leg after pulling his right thigh in training on 23 February.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In:
Diego Forlán, Angelo Palombo (UC Sampdoria, loan), Andrea Poli (UC Sampdoria, loan)
Out:
Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Luca Caldirola (Brescia Calcio, loan), Coutinho (RCD Espanyol, loan), Jonathan (Parma FC, loan)

• Fredy Guarín arrived on loan from FC Porto in January with an option to make the deal permanent this summer. He is sidelined with a calf injury and is not in Inter's UEFA champions League squad.

Marseille

UEFA milestones
• Matchday six marked Didier Deschamps' 24th UEFA competition game at the OM helm, surpassing Erik Gerets' club record.

• Marseille have scored 145 goals in the European Cup, conceding 98.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Alou Diarra, André Ayew, Morgan Amalfitano, Souleymane Diawara and Jérémy Morel will incur a ban with their next bookings.

Latest domestic information
Friday 9 March: AC Ajaccio 1-0 Olympique de Marseille (André 88)
Mandanda; Azpilicueta, Fanni, N'Koulou, Traoré; Kaboré, Mbia (Diarra 83), Cheyrou (Valbuena 64); Amalfitano (Rémy 46), J Ayew, Brandão.

• OM have lost four in a row – failing to score – since the first leg, their worst run since a sequence of five in October/November 2006. Those defeats, all in Ligue 1, came against Ajaccio, Stade Brestois 29 (1-0), Toulouse FC (0-1) and Évian Thonon Gaillard FC (2-0), the latter a fixture postponed from 11 February due to a frozen pitch.

• Marseille's run of 360 minutes without a goal since André Ayew's last-gasp effort against Inter represents their most barren sequence since enduring a 398-minute spell in December 2008/January 2009.

• Diawara was rested on Friday, with Rod Fanni deputising, while regulars Diarra and Morel started on the bench.

• Deschamps' side were 16 matches unbeaten, winning 13, before losing at Brest on 26 February.

• Marseille could become the first side to win the French League Cup three years running when they face Olympique Lyonnais in the final in Paris on 14 April.

• Marseille will visit amateur side US Quevilly in the French Cup quarter-finals on 20 March.

• OM went bottom of Ligue 1 for the first time in six years after their 2-0 loss at Lyon on 18 September.

Injury news
• Stéphane Mbia (thigh, out since 22 January), Loïc Rémy (hamstring, 15 February) and Mathieu Valbuena (thigh, 29 February) all returned to action against Ajaccio.

• André-Pierre Gignac played against Brest and Toulouse after recovering from adductor problems that had kept him out since 2 December, but suffered a relapse in the latter game and was ruled out for Friday's game.

• André Ayew has been playing despite on-going shoulder problems, explaining: "I need surgery but if I do it now, my season will be over. I will carry on like this for the time being."

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In:
Brandão
Out: Lucho González (FC Porto)

• Brandão returned from a nine-month spell on loan with Cruzeiro EC and Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense in January.

Miscellaneous
• Amalfitano made his international debut on 29 February as a France side also including Valbuena and Diarra claimed a 2-1 friendly win against Germany in Bremen.

• Jordan and André Ayew helped Ghana finish fourth at the Africa Cup of Nations in January/February.

• In January, Valbuena published his autobiography, Mon parcours du combattant (My Obstacle Course).

Last updated: 13/03/12 18.39CET

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