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Match facts: Celtic v Juventus

Published: Saturday 9 February 2013, 1.06CET
Match facts: Celtic v Juventus
Celtic have been in fine fettle ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 9 February 2013, 1.06CET

Match facts: Celtic v Juventus


UEFA Champions League statistics
• Celtic have scored 48 goals in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

• The 3-2 win at FC Spartak Moskva on matchday two was Celtic's first in 21 attempts away from home in the UEFA Champions League. They lost 19 of the previous 20 – and both since.

• The Scottish champions attempted fewer passes than any other side in the group stage and their pass competition rate (55%) and share of possession (38%) were lower than all but CFR 1907 Cluj.

• Celtic had 30 shots on goal in the group stage, the lowest total of any team in the last 16.

• Fraser Forster has played all 900 minutes of Celtic's campaign, qualifying included. Kelvin Wilson featured for all 540 minutes in the group stage.

• Ten of the side that started on matchday one were making group stage debuts, with Scott Brown the exception.

• Victor Wanyama is available after serving a one-game ban on matchday six.

UEFA Champions League squad changes

Paddy McCourt, Filip Twardzik

• Rami Gershon (R. Standard de Liège, loan) and Tom Rogic (Central Coast Mariners FC) arrived at Celtic during the winter but have not been registered for the UEFA Champions League.

International duty
• Efe Ambrose has been on Africa Cup of Nations duty since mid-January, helping Nigeria defeat Burkina Faso 1-0 in Sunday's final.

• Celtic also had ten players on senior international duty during last week's friendlies: Brown, Charlie Mulgrew, Kris Commons (Scotland), Wanyama (Kenya), Joe Ledley, Adam Matthews (Wales), Beram Kayal (Israel), McCourt (Northern Ireland), Miku (Venezuela) and Mikael Lustig (Sweden).

• Brown was named captain for Gordon Strachan's first game in charge of Scotland, a 1-0 friendly victory over Estonia on Wednesday. Mulgrew scored the only goal at Pittodrie, his first for the national team.

• Lustig scored an early own goal as Sweden lost 3-2 at home to Argentina.

• Tony Watt was on target for Scotland U21s earlier in the day as a side also including Dylan McGeouch drew 1-1 with Greece. Thomas Rogne was in action for Norway U21s.

• Celtic have been in fine form since matchday six, a run of 11 wins in 13 games in all competitions helping them increase their lead atop the Scottish Premier League from a point at the end of November to 18.

• McGeouch made his first league start of the season on Saturday as a Celtic side showing nine changes from the previous weekend came from behind to win 3-1 at second-placed Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC.

• Neil Lennon's side have also negotiated their passage to the Scottish Cup quarter-finals, where a Saint Mirren FC team that stunned them on 27 January in the last four of the League Cup await on 2 March.

• Lennon's team have registered four goals in each of their last three games at Celtic Park.

• Eight points from their opening five fixtures represented Celtic's worst start to a league season since 1998/99.


UEFA Champions League statistics
• Juventus's win against FC Nordsjælland on matchday four ended an unprecedented nine successive draws in European competition; the previous high was seven.

• The last time Juventus started the group stage with three draws, in 1998/99, they reached the semi-finals.

• Juve are one of four unbeaten sides in the competition, with FC Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund and Málaga CF.

• Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Pirlo played every minute of Juventus's group campaign.

• 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 is suspended after picking up three yellow cards during the group stage. Claudio Marchisio is available after serving a one-game ban on matchday six while Arturo Vidal's next yellow card will incur a suspension.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
Nicolas Anelka (Shanghai Shenhua FC), Federico Peluso (Atalanta BC, loan)

Nicklas Bendtner, Lúcio (São Paulo FC)

• Fernando Llorente will join Juve on a four-year deal this summer when his contract runs out at Athletic Club.

• Bendtner will be out of action until mid-March with a thigh injury.

International duty
• Kwadwo Asamoah has been at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, helping Ghana to the semi-finals where they lost on penalties to Burkina Faso on 6 February. He scored in Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Mali in the third-place play-off before returning to Italy.

• Nine other Juventus players were on senior international duty last week: Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Federico Peluso, Emanuele Giaccherini and Pirlo (Italy), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland), Martín Cáceres (Uruguay), Vidal and Mauricio Isla (Chile).

• Sebastian Giovinco withdrew from the Italy squad with a thigh injury.

• Paul Pogba (France U20s) and Luca Marrone (Italy U21s) were also on duty.

• Juventus ended 2012 on a six-match winning run but have struggled to find their stride since the winter break, Antonio Conte's side kicking off the new year with a 2-1 home defeat by ten-man UC Sampdoria. A sequence of four victories in nine outings has seen their Coppa Italia ambitions ended by S.S. Lazio in the semi-finals and their Serie A lead cut to five points from eight at the turn of the year.

• Juventus have kept only two clean sheets in their last ten games.

• Chiellini has not played since tearing his calf in training in mid-December. Paolo De Ceglie tore his right thigh muscle in Saturday's 2-0 defeat of ACF Fiorentina.

• Pirlo was the oldest player in the Team of the Year 2012, formed from a record 5.3m votes.

• Buffon signed a two-year contract extension on 23 December, committing to Juventus until 2015.

• On 10 November Fabio Quagliarella scored his first professional hat-trick as Juventus won 6-1 at Pescara, their largest away victory in Serie A since beating Milan by the same scoreline on 6 April 1997.

• Juve's 49-game unbeaten run in Serie A ended on 3 November with a 3-1 loss at home to FC Internazionale Milano.

Last updated: 10/02/13 22.09CET

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