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Match facts: Ajax v Dortmund

Published: Sunday 18 November 2012, 2.45CET
Match facts: Ajax v Dortmund
Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller denies Christian Eriksen on matchday one ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Sunday 18 November 2012, 2.45CET

Match facts: Ajax v Dortmund

Ajax

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Ajax have scored 545 goals in UEFA competition.

• Niklas Moisander has completed 236 of his 280 attempted passes; only four players have managed more in the group stage.

• Christian Eriksen has run 52,181m; more than any other player in the group stage.

• Viktor Fischer made his UEFA Champions League debut against Manchester City FC on matchday four.

• Ajax's win against City on matchday three was their first in five group stage games.

• Kenneth Vermeer, Toby Alderweireld, Moisander, Daley Blind, Ricardo van Rhijn, Eriksen and Siem De Jong have played all 360 minutes of Ajax's group stage campaign so far.

• Blind's next yellow card will incur a suspension.

International duty
• Six Ajax players were on senior duty during the international break: Van Rhijn, Vermeer (Netherlands), Eriksen, Fischer (Denmark), Miralem Sulejmani (Serbia) and Tobias Sana (Sweden).

• Vermeer made his Netherlands debut in the goalless draw against Germany on 14 November.

• Fischer also made his first senior international appearance on the same day, coming on as a second-half substitute in Denmark's 1-1 draw with Turkey.

• Sana came off the bench as Sweden beat England 4-2, Zlatan Ibrahimović scoring all four goals for the hosts.

Miscellaneous
• Daniel Hoesen scored his first goal for the club as Ajax won 2-0 at home to VVV-Venlo on Saturday, with Derk Boerrigter also on target for the first time since 22 April.

• Vermeer missed the game through illness but returned to training on Sunday. Jasper Cillessen took his place.

• Ryan Babel was ruled out for "several weeks" after dislocating his right shoulder in the 4-2 Eredivisie win at PEC Zwolle on 11 November – Ajax's first league victory since a 1-0 triumph over FC Twente on 29 September. Toby Alderweireld (groin) has also not played since the Zwolle match.

• Fischer opened his Eredivisie account with two goals against Zwolle.

• Ajax are seven away matches unbeaten in all competitions, since their matchday one defeat by Dortmund.

• Ajax's ten-match undefeated start to the Eredivisie season ended on 3 November with a 2-0 home loss to Vitesse.

• Frank de Boer's side will travel to FC Groningen for the last 16 of the Dutch Cup on 20 December.

• Thulani Serero (torn groin muscle, 23 September) and Kolbeinn Sigthórsson (shoulder, August) are expected to miss the group stage.

Dortmund

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Dortmund have not won in seven away games in UEFA competition, losing three and drawing four since a 4-3 victory at FC Karpaty Lviv on 16 September 2010 in the UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Dortmund have been caught offside only five times, the joint lowest total in the group stage along with FC Shakhtar Donetsk, CFR 1907 Cluj and SL Benfica.

• Roman Weidenfeller, Neven Subotić, Łukasz Piszczek, Marcel Schmelzer and Robert Lewandowski have played all 360 minutes of Dortmund's group stage campaign so far.

International duty
• Nine Dortmund players were on senior duty during the international break: Marco Reus, Mario Götze, Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gündoğan, Sven Bender (Germany), Jakub Błaszczykowski, Lewandowski, Piszczek (Poland) and Ivan Perišić (Croatia).

• Błaszczykowski's substitute appearance for Poland in a 3-1 loss to Uruguay was his first since tearing ankle ligaments in the 1-1 draw with Hannover 96 on 7 October.

• Schmelzer (Germany) and Subotić (Serbia) were called up but missed out with respective foot and groin problems.

• Leonardo Bittencourt and Moritz Leitner featured in Germany Under-21s' 1-1 draw with Turkey.

Miscellaneous
• Błaszczykowski started as Dortmund stretched their unbeaten run to seven games with a 3-1 win against SpVgg Greuther Fürth on Saturday.

• Dortmund failed to score for the first time in 27 games on 3 November as they were held to a 0-0 draw by VfB Stuttgart.

• Dortmund will face Hannover in the German Cup third round on 19 December.

• Jürgen Klopp is in the running for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's Football 2012.

• Dortmund's 31-match unbeaten run in the Bundesliga, dating back a year and four days, ended when they lost 3-2 at Hamburger SV on 22 September. Three days later Klopp's side drew 3-3 with Eintracht Frankfurt. It was the first time since February 2010 Dortmund had conceded three in back-to-back games.

Last updated: 19/11/12 14.09CET

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