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Match facts: Ajax v Manchester City

Published: Sunday 21 October 2012, 2.45CET
Match facts: Ajax v Manchester City
Mario Balotelli's late penalty earned Manchester City a 1-1 draw on matchday two ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Sunday 21 October 2012, 2.45CET

Match facts: Ajax v Manchester City

Ajax

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• Niklas Moisander's goal on matchday two was the first time Ajax have scored against Real Madrid CF in five group stage encounters.

• The loss to Madrid marked Ajax's 50th European Cup defeat.

• Christian Eriksen has run 26,075m, more than any other player in the group stage.

• Moisander completed 88 of his 101 attempted passes against Borussia Dortmund on matchday one; only FC Barcelona's Xavi Hernández (120/140) managed more.

International duty
• Six Ajax players were on senior international duty last week: Ricardo van Rhijn, Kenneth Vermeer (Netherlands), Toby Alderweireld (Belgium), Eriksen (Denmark), Moisander (Finland) and Tobias Sana (Sweden).

• Sana came on to make his Sweden debut as Erik Hamrén's side recovered from four down to draw 4-4 with Germany in a FIFA World Cup qualifier on 16 October.

• Goalkeeper Vermeer received his first call-up to the senior Netherlands squad this month, but was not involved in the qualifiers against Andorra and Romania.

• Moisander captained Finland to a 1-1 home draw against Georgia on 12 October.

Miscellaneous
• Eyong Enoh returned from five months out in a 1-1 friendly draw against FK AS Trenčín at Ajax's De Toekomst academy on 16 October.

• Thulani Serero is expected to be sidelined until the new year after tearing a groin muscle on 23 September.

• Kolbeinn Sigthórsson is likely to miss the group stage after aggravating a shoulder injury in August.

• Ajax travel to ONS Sneek for their Dutch Cup third round tie on 31 October.

Manchester City

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• City failed to reach the knockout stages last season despite collecting ten points in the group stage, matching the record for the highest points haul without advancing. SV Werder Bremen (2006/07), Olympiacos FC, FC Dynamo Kyiv (2004/05) and PSV Eindhoven (2003/04) all suffered an identical fate.

• Vincent Kompany's next yellow card will incur a ban.

International duty
• Fifteen City players were on senior international duty last week: Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott, James Milner (England), Aleksandar Kolarov, Matija Nastasić (Serbia), Sergio Agüero, Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina), Yaya Touré, Kolo Touré (Ivory Coast), Mario Balotelli (Italy), David Silva (Spain), Gaël Clichy (France), Edin Džeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Costel Pantilimon (Romania) and Kompany (Belgium).

• Balotelli struck Italy's third in the 3-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying win against Denmark on 16 October. Džeko was among the scorers on the same night as Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Lithuania 3-0 to go top of qualifying Group G. Kompany also found the net in Belgium's 2-0 win against Scotland.

• Agüero was on the mark four days earlier as Argentina defeated Uruguay 3-0.

Miscellaneous
• Džeko struck twice on Saturday as City came from behind to win 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion FC despite Milner's 23rd-minute dismissal.

• Silva will miss the trip to Ajax with a hamstring injury suffered in Spain's 1-1 draw with France on 16 October.

• Sweden Under-21 striker John Guidetti signed a new three-year contract on 18 October.

• Micah Richards returned from an ankle injury to make his first appearance of the season in the 3-0 triumph against Sunderland AFC on 6 October.

Last updated: 20/10/12 23.59CET

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