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Match facts: Inter v Marseille

Published: Saturday 10 March 2012, 3.45CET
Match facts: Inter v Marseille
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Published: Saturday 10 March 2012, 3.45CET

Match facts: Inter v Marseille


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
Diego Forlán, Angelo Palombo (UC Sampdoria, loan), Andrea Poli (UC Sampdoria, loan)
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.


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
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.

• 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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