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Match facts: Real Madrid v APOEL

Published: Sunday 1 April 2012, 2.45CET
Match facts: Real Madrid v APOEL
APOEL's Paulo Jorge holds off Cristiano Ronaldo during the first leg ©AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Sunday 1 April 2012, 2.45CET

Match facts: Real Madrid v APOEL

Real Madrid

UEFA milestones
• Matchday nine was Madrid's 200th victory in the European Cup; they have scored 746 goals.

• This is Madrid's 450th game in UEFA competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• José Mourinho's side have conceded four goals, the best defensive record in the competition. They have had 78 shots on goal and been caught offside 43 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 is available after serving a one-game suspension in the first leg.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 31 March: CA Osasuna 1-5 Real Madrid CF (Nino 48; Benzema 7, Ronaldo 37 70, Higuaín 40 77)
Casillas; Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos, Marcelo; Alonso, Granero, Benzema (Varane 84), Özil (Di María 82), Ronaldo; Higuaín (Coentrão 79).

• Madrid, shorn of the suspended Pepe, brought up a century of Liga goals this campaign in their 30th top-flight match. They ended each of the last two seasons with 102, beating UD Almería 8-1 on the final day in 2010/11.

• Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 53 goals in 51 games for club and country this season.

• Madrid are 16 games unbeaten, winning 12 since their 2-1 Copa del Rey defeat by FC Barcelona on 18 January.

• Benzema has struck 15 goals in 19 games in 2012; Gonzalo Higuaín has scored seven in his last eight outings.

• Madrid have won 34 of their last 40 games in all competitions, finding the net in every match during that run.

• Ronaldo scored his 100th and 101st Liga goals in the 5-1 win against Real Sociedad de Fútbol on 24 March. He is the quickest player to reach the century, his 92 games breaking Ferenc Puskás' 105-match mark.

• Ronaldo has struck 13 Liga hat-tricks for Madrid – six this season. That is one more than Puskás's tally for the club, but he has some distance to go to match the record of Alfredo Di Stéfano (22). He has also converted 23 successive spot kicks for the club since failing against Almería on 5 December 2009.

• 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 11 successive away wins before a 2-2 Copa del Rey draw with Barcelona on 25 January.

Injury news
• Sami Khedira missed the Osasuna win with a virus, joining Lassana Diarra (hamstring, out since 24 March), José Callejón (ankle, 21 March) and Ricardo Carvalho (thigh, 20 March) on the sidelines.

• Ángel Di María made only his second appearance of 2012 as a substitute on Saturday – and first since 18 February – after recovering from a thigh injury.

APOEL

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

• This is their 50th game in the European Cup.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• APOEL have had fewer goals (7), shots wide (19), shots on target (21) and corners (24) than any other side still involved. They have suffered 139 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 is available after serving 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.

• Aílton has suffered 25 fouls, more than any player in the competition except for Franck Ribéry.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 31 March: AC Omonia 1-2 APOEL FC (Christofi 55; Sousa 45, Manduca 90+4)
Chiotis; Kaká, Morais, Solomou, Alexandrou; Pinto, Sousa, Marcinho (Adorno 74), Manduca, Charalambides (Solari 74); Aílton (Satsias 90+1).

• With William Boaventura and Jorge suspended, APOEL made a winning start to the end-of-season play-offs in a game held behind closed doors to leapfrog their opponents into second place.

• Winter signing Hélder Sousa scored his first goal for the club.

• Ivan Jovanović's team finished third in the Cypriot top flight's regular season before it split into three groups of four (the bottom two were relegated immediately). They are now playing round robin fixtures against the rest of the top four – AEL Limassol FC, Omonia and Anorthosis Famagusta FC – for the title.

• APOEL have won six of their last eight games in all competitions.

• Since a 9-1 Cypriot Cup victory against second division Akritas Chlorakas FC on 11 January, the Nicosia outfit have scored just 16 times in 17 outings.

• Solari has scored 55 goals in 98 league games over two spells at APOEL, who have never lost when he has registered.

• Of the 69 goals Jovanović's side have scored in all competitions this season, 49 have come after half-time.

• Last week's defeat by Madrid was the first time APOEL had conceded three goals at home since a 4-1 UEFA Cup loss to FC Schalke 04 in September 2008.

Injury news
• Oliveira and Tričkovski have been ruled out of the trip to Madrid with injuries suffered in the first leg. Oliveira will miss the rest of the season after rupturing knee ligaments, while Tričkovski broke his hand.

• Savvas Poursaitides (thigh) and Alexandrou (groin) also picked up knocks in last Tuesday's first leg, though the latter recovered to play 90 minutes against Omonia.

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

Miscellaneous
• 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.

Last updated: 02/04/12 16.04CET

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