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Match facts: Milan v Zenit

Published: Saturday 1 December 2012, 2.45CET
Match facts: Milan v Zenit
Milan's Ignazio Abate (left) vies for possession with Roman Shirokov of Zenit on matchday two ©AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Saturday 1 December 2012, 2.45CET

Match facts: Milan v Zenit

Milan

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Milan have scored 399 goals in the European Cup.

• At 19 years and 342 days, Stephan El Shaarawy became Milan's youngest UEFA Champions League goalscorer when he struck against Zenit on matchday two.

• Philippe Mexès serves a one-game ban after collecting his third yellow card of the group stage on matchday five; Daniele Bonera and Riccardo Montolivo will incur a suspension with their next bookings.

Miscellaneous
• Kevin-Prince Boateng scored (56) before being sent off (90) as Milan came from behind to beat Calcio Catania 3-1 on Friday. The home side were down to ten men for the last 41 minutes.

• El Shaarawy struck twice, taking his tally to 18 goals in 21 games for club and country this season.

• Of the 31 goals Milan have scored this season in all competitions, 22 have come after half-time.

• Ignazio Abate (thigh) has not played since matchday four, while Bonera is out with a similar injury.

• A Robinho penalty earned Milan a 1-0 win against Serie A leaders Juventus on 25 November; Montolivo captained the side for the first time.

• The Rossoneri have lost four times in eight league games at San Siro this term. They only suffered two home reverses in each of the two previous Serie A campaigns.

• Milan lost six of their first 14 Serie A fixtures, their worst start since suffering seven defeats from 13 in 1941/42.

• El Shaarawy, who made his competitive debut for Italy last month, scored his first international goal in the Azzurri's 2-1 friendly defeat by France on 14 November.

Zenit

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Zenit have only won one of their 11 away games in the UEFA Champions League, qualifying included.

• Zenit's 1-0 success against RSC Anderlecht and FC Spartak Moskva's 2-1 triumph over SL Benfica made matchday three the first UEFA Champions League matchday on which two Russian clubs registered victories.

• Zenit's 3-0 loss at Málaga CF on matchday one equalled their heaviest away defeat in the competition.

• Vyacheslav Malafeev and Aleksandr Kerzhakov have played every minute of Zenit's group campaign.

• Vladimir Bystrov is banned after his matchday five red card; Bruno Alves, Aleksandr Anyukov, Viktor Fayzulin and Roman Shirokov will incur a suspension with their next bookings.

Miscellaneous
• Axel Witsel's first two goals for Zenit helped them to a 4-2 win at FC Spartak Moskva on Friday, a game the hosts ended with nine men after Nicolas Pareja (69) and Juan Insaurralde (90+3) were dismissed.

• Fayzulin went off with a knock on 32 minutes on Friday.

• Shirokov was on target at Spartak, his eighth goal for club and country this season – all coming after half-time.

• Zenit drew 1-1 at home with PFC CSKA Moskva on 26 November in Danny's first game since taking over the captaincy from Malafeev.

• Zenit were handed a 3-0 forfeit defeat after their game at FC Dinamo Moskva on 17 November was abandoned after objects were thrown on to the pitch.

• Defeat by Anderlecht on matchday four ended Zenit's run of six straight victories in all competitions, their best sequence since winning ten in succession between April and July 2010.

• Luciano Spalletti does not expect Domenico Criscito to play again this year because of a knee injury sustained in the 2-1 win at FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod on 11 November.

• Zenit will host FC Kuban Krasnodar in the Russian Cup quarter-finals on 17 April.

Last updated: 02/12/12 22.17CET

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