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Match facts: Juventus v Nordsjælland

Published: Sunday 4 November 2012, 2.45CET
Match facts: Juventus v Nordsjælland
Juventus defender Lúcio challenges Nordsjælland's Mikkel Beckmann ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 4 November 2012, 2.45CET

Match facts: Juventus v Nordsjælland


UEFA Champions League statistics
• Juventus have recorded an unprecedented nine successive draws in European competition, eclipsing the previous high of seven.

• On matchday one Juventus became only the second team to avoid defeat against Chelsea FC in the UEFA Champions League after going two goals down, following AS Monaco FC in the 2004 semi-final second leg.

• Giorgio Chiellini's next yellow card will incur a suspension.

• The Bianconeri's 49-game unbeaten run in Serie A, since a 1-0 defeat at Parma FC on 15 May 2011, ended on Saturday with a 3-1 loss at home to FC Internazionale Milano despite Arturo Vidal breaking the deadlock inside 30 seconds. It meant Juve fell short of the Serie A record of 58 games without defeat, set by AC Milan between 1991 and 1993.

• Mirko Vučinić, who was playing his 300th Serie A game, was replaced at half-time after taking a knock to his left calf. Simone Pepe also has a calf injury, while Claudio Marchisio returned against Inter after missing two games with an ankle problem.

• Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo are in the running for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award, the winner of which will be announced on 7 January in Zurich.

• Paul Pogba scored his first goal in senior football on 20 October as Juventus beat SSC Napoli 2-0; two games later he struck his second, a 90th-minute winner in last Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Bologna FC.

• On 16 October, Nicklas Bendtner was in the Denmark side beaten 3-1 by Italy in FIFA World Cup qualifying. Andrea Barzagli, Chiellini, Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Emanuele Giaccherini were in action for the hosts.

• Juve are 27 games unbeaten away from home in all competitions, since the 1-0 defeat at Parma on 15 May 2011.


UEFA Champions League statistics
• Nordsjælland have a goal difference of -6, the joint worst in the competition with GNK Dinamo Zagreb. Their tally of seven goals against is the joint highest total along with FC Dynamo Kyiv, FC Spartak Moskva and Manchester City FC.

• The Danish champions have had seven shots off target, fewer than any other club.

• Nordsjælland are one of three sides making their debut in the competition proper this season, along with Montpellier Hérault SC and Málaga CF.

• Mikkel Beckmann's 50th-minute opener against Juventus on matchday three was Nordsjælland's first goal in the competition and earned their first point.

• None of the Nordsjælland squad had played in the UEFA Champions League before this term.

• Patrick Mtiliga and Ivan Runje will incur a suspension with their next bookings.

• Uncapped Runje has been included in an experimental 22-man Croatia squad for a three-day training camp that concludes with a friendly against a Croatian First League XI in Rijeka on 14 November.

• Nordsjælland were knocked out of the Danish Cup in the fourth round on 31 October, losing 3-2 in extra time at home to FC Midtjylland, the team they defeated in the final in 2010 and 2011.

• Nordsjælland have been defeated once in their last 17 home games in regulation time – the 4-0 defeat by Chelsea FC on matchday two. They have lost three of their last five on their travels, however.

• Kasper Hjulmand's team succumbed 3-0 at Odense BK on 5 October, their worst league defeat since going down 4-0 at Randers FC 6 March 2011.

• Captain Nicolai Stokholm missed Saturday's 2-1 league win at SønderjyskE with a calf injury.

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