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Match facts: APOEL v Real Madrid

Published: Saturday 24 March 2012, 2.45CET
Match facts: APOEL v Real Madrid
APOEL celebrate after qualifying for the quarter-finals ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 24 March 2012, 2.45CET

Match facts: APOEL v Real Madrid


UEFA milestones
• APOEL are the first Cypriot side to reach the UEFA Champions League knockout stage.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• APOEL have had fewer goals (7), shots wide (19), shots on target (21) and corners (23) than any other side still involved. They have suffered 128 fouls, the highest total of the teams in the last eight.

• APOEL have collected 26 yellow cards; more than any other team in the quarter-finals.

• Gustavo Manduca serves a one-game ban in the first leg; Nektarios Alexandrou, Marcelo Oliveira, Esteban Solari, Ivan Tričkovski, Marcinho and Paulo Jorge will incur a suspension with their next yellow cards.

Latest domestic information
Friday 23 March: APOEL FC 0-0 AC Omonia
Chiotis; Paulo Jorge, Oliveira, Poursaitides, Boaventura (Alexandrou 78); Morais, Pinto, Marcinho, Charalambides (Tričkovski 67), Manduca (Solari 75); Aílton.

• APOEL were held despite playing the second half against ten men after Efstathios Aloneftis was sent off at a sold-out GSP Stadium.

• The result means Ivan Jovanović's team are third in the Cypriot top flight as it splits into three groups of four (the bottom two are relegated immediately). They will now play round robin fixtures against the rest of the top four – AEL Limassol FC, Omonia and Anorthosis Famagusta FC – for the title.

• Prior to Friday, APOEL had won their previous five games in all competitions, their best run this season.

• Since a 9-1 Cypriot Cup victory against second division Akritas Chlorakas FC on 11 January, the Nicosia outfit have scored just 14 times in 15 outings.

• Tričkovski has gone 15 games without a goal.

• Aílton ended a four-month, ten-match goal drought on 12 March, scoring the late winner against Enosis Neon Paralimni FC. He struck again five days later, this time from the spot, as APOEL won 2-1 at Anagennisis Derynia FC.

• Solari has scored 55 goals in 97 league games over two spells at APOEL, who have never lost when he has registered.

• Of the 67 goals Jovanović's side have scored in all competitions this season, 48 have come after half-time.

Injury news
• Panos Constantinou underwent knee surgery on 20 March after damaging ligaments in training earlier this month.

• Christos Kontis, 36, retired after having a heart attack at AEK Larnaca FC on 29 August. He played every minute of UEFA Champions League qualifying and scored the only goal against Omonia in the Cypriot Super Cup.

Real Madrid

UEFA milestones
• Madrid's next win in the European Champion Clubs' Cup will be their 200th.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• José Mourinho's side have conceded four goals, the best defensive record in the competition. They have had 70 shots on goal and been caught offside 41 times, both more than any other side in the last eight.

• Karim Benzema has provided five assists so far, the joint highest total in the competition along with Nicolás Gaitán.

• Xabi Alonso serves a one-game suspension in the first leg.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 24 March: Real Madrid CF 5-1 Real Sociedad de Fútbol (Higuaín 6, Ronaldo 32 56, Benzema 40
49; Prieto 41)
Casillas; Arbeloa, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Khedira (Şahin 77), Alonso; Benzema (Coentrão 77), Kaká, Ronaldo (Jesé 81); Higuaín.

• Cristiano Ronaldo's 100th and 101st Liga goals helped Madrid return to winning ways after back-to-back draws. Pepe, Mesut Özil and Lassana Diarra were suspended, while Mourinho served a touchline ban.

• Jesé Rodríguez made his first-team debut as an 81st-minute replacement for Ronaldo.

• Madrid are 14 games unbeaten, winning ten since their 2-1 Copa del Rey defeat by FC Barcelona on 18 January.

• Benzema has struck 12 goals in 17 games in 2012; Gonzalo Higuaín has scored five goals in his last six outings.

• Madrid's record run of ten successive away victories in the Liga ended on 21 March when Marcos Senna's 83rd-minute free-kick earned Villarreal CF a 1-1 draw. Özil and Ramos were subsequently sent off.

• It was Madrid's second successive 1-1 draw – three days earlier Santi Cazorla's 92nd-minute free-kick had earned Málaga CF a share of the spoils at the Bernabéu, ending the Merengues' 11-game winning run in the Liga.

• Madrid have won 32 of their last 38 games in all competitions, finding the net in every match during that run.

• Ronaldo has scored 51 goals in 49 games for club and country this season. He has also converted 23 successive spot kicks for the club since failing against UD Almería on 5 December 2009.

• Ronaldo has struck 13 Liga hat-tricks for Madrid – six this season. That is one more than Ferenc Puskás's tally for the club, but he has some distance to go to match the record of Alfredo Di Stéfano (22).

• Madrid scored 67 goals in the first half of their Liga campaign, eclipsing the record set by Barcelona (61) last term. Ronaldo contributed 23, taking him past César Rodríguez's Liga record of 22 for Barcelona in 1950/51.

• Madrid claimed a club record of 11 successive away wins before a 2-2 cup draw with Barcelona on 25 January.

Injury news
• Diarra will miss the APOEL game having complained of a hamstring strain in his right leg on Sunday.

• Fábio Coentrão, out with a groin injury since Portugal's 0-0 draw with Poland on 29 February, returned to action as a substitute on Saturday.

• José Callejón strained ankle ligaments against Villarreal and was absent on Saturday.

• Ricardo Carvalho missed the Villarreal and Real Sociedad games after tearing his thigh in training on 20 March.

• Ángel Di María has not featured since 18 February, when his comeback from a thigh injury that had kept him out since 30 December was cut short by a relapse.

• Hamit Altıntop, absent with a torn calf since 8 February, returned as a substitute against Villarreal.

• Madrid celebrated their 110th anniversary on 6 March.

Last updated: 26/03/12 11.56CET

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