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Match facts: Real Madrid v Man. United

Published: Saturday 9 February 2013, 1.09CET
Match facts: Real Madrid v Man. United
Sergio Ramos celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring against Getafe in January ©AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Saturday 9 February 2013, 1.09CET

Match facts: Real Madrid v Man. United

• Continuing its support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UEFA again set aside €100,000 for a player of the UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2012 poll to hand over to the ICRC. In recognition of his record seventh inclusion in XI, this year's donator is Ronaldo. "The people who go to the stadium buy the tickets and really love football," he said. "Therefore it's with great pride and joy that I receive that prize, with it having been voted on by the fans. For me it's an honour to participate in social acts to help those who need it the most. It's a great honour to be able to help others, and it makes me extremely happy."

Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Sir Alex Ferguson and José Mourinho are two of only four coaches to reach a century of UEFA Champions League games, along with Arsène Wenger and Carlo Ancelotti.

• Madrid have won eight of their last nine UEFA Champions League games at the Santiago Bernabéu, drawing the other with Borussia Dortmund on matchday four.

• Cristiano Ronaldo is the joint top scorer after six matches with six goals, level with Burak Yılmaz. The Portuguese international has found the net 15 times in his last 13 UEFA Champions League appearances. Ronaldo, who played every minute of Madrid's group campaign, has had 27 attempts on target; more than any other player.

• In the group stage Madrid scored (15, level with FC Bayern München) and conceded (nine) more than any other side in the round of 16. Seven of Madrid's 15 group stage goals came from shots outside the area.

• At 17 years and 353 days, José Rodríguez surpassed Raúl González as Madrid's youngest ever European Cup player on matchday six.

• Álvaro Arbeloa is available after serving a one-match suspension on matchday six; Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos are within a booking of a ban.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In
Diego López (Sevilla FC), Casemiro (São Paulo FC, loan)

Out
Denis Cheryshev, Juanfran

International duty
• Ten Madrid players were on senior duty during last week's internationals: Ramos, Arbeloa (Spain), Luka Modrić (Croatia), Gonzalo Higuaín, Ángel Di María (Argentina), Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira (Germany), Ronaldo, Fábio Coentrão (Portugal) and Karim Benzema (France). Raphaël Varane pulled out of the France squad with a knock.

• Higuaín was on target – also having another shot deflected in – as Argentina won 3-2 in Sweden on Wednesday.

• Khedira was set up by Özil to score the winner in Germany's 2-1 comeback friendly triumph in France.

• Ronaldo struck in Portugal's 3-2 defeat at home to Ecuador.

Miscellaneous
• Ronaldo registered has 16th Liga hat-trick on Saturday as Madrid beat Sevilla FC 4-1, the hosts ending with ten men after Gonzalo Higuaín received his second yellow card midway through the second half. Ronaldo has scored 103 goals in 89 appearances for Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.

• Madrid have won just seven of their 14 games since matchday six, losing further ground on Club Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona in the Liga. They are all square at 1-1 in their Copa del Rey semi-final tie against Barcelona ahead of the second leg at the Camp Nou on 26 February.

• Pepe returned to action on Saturday after undergoing ankle surgery on 2 January. Marcelo made his comeback from three months out with a broken foot on 15 January.

• Madrid are 33 games unbeaten in all competitions at the Bernabéu, since a 2-1 cup defeat by Barcelona on 18 January 2012.

• Iker Casillas has been out since breaking his left thumb on 23 January; Diego López was signed as cover.

• Madrid had four players in the UEFA.com Team of the Year 2012 which was named in January: Casillas, Ramos, Özil and Ronaldo. Ronaldo was making a record seventh appearance in a poll now in its 12th edition.

Manchester United

UEFA Champions League statistics
• United ended last year with their first back-to-back losses in the UEFA Champions League since the 2006/07 group stage. They have not lost three in a row since 2004/05, when a 3-0 reverse at Fenerbahçe SK preceded home-and-away 1-0 defeats by AC Milan.

• Sir Alex Ferguson's side had scored in 20 successive European outings before blanks on matchdays five and six.

• United's 3-2 victory over SC Braga on matchday three was the second time they have come from two down to win a UEFA Champions League game. The first was a 3-2 win against Juventus in the 1998/99 semi-finals.

• Ryan Giggs has scored in a record 16 UEFA Champions League seasons, though not yet this one. He is also the competition's oldest scorer, at 37 years and 289 days. Giggs scored United's first goal in Sunday's 2-0 win against Everton FC; it means the Welshman has found the net in all 21 Premier League seasons.

• United collected only seven yellow cards in the group stage, the lowest total among the teams in the last 16.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In
Ben Amos, Jesse Lingard

Out
Darren Fletcher, Scott Wootton (Peterborough United FC, loan), Federico Macheda (VfB Stuttgart, loan), Davide Petrucci (Peterborough United FC, loan)

• Fletcher will be out until the summer after having surgery in January to cure the bowel condition that caused him to miss a large part of last season.

• United signed Wilfried Zaha in a €12m deal from Crystal Palace FC but the 20-year-old will remain with the second-tier club until the summer.

International duty
• Twelve United players were on senior duty during last week's international break: Antonio Valencia (Ecuador), Nani (Portugal), Robin van Persie (Netherlands), Patrice Evra (France), Shinji Kagawa (Japan), Anders Lindegaard (Denmark), Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck (England), Javier Hernández (Mexico) and Jonny Evans (Northern Ireland).

• Valencia and Nani were on opposing sides in Portugal on Wednesday, Valencia scoring in a 3-2 win for Ecuador.

• Rooney scored the opener as England beat Brazil 2-1 at Wembley, a game Michael Carrick missed after pulling out of the squad with a hip problem.

Miscellaneous
• United are 15 games unbeaten in all competitions since rounding off the group stage with a 1-0 loss to CFR 1907 Cluj, winning 12. During that time they have stretched their lead at the Premier League summit from three points to 12 and booked a place in the FA Cup fifth round, where they will host Reading FC on 18 February.

• Sir Alex's team have trailed in 18 of their 36 matches this term, but lost only six. They have kept just nine clean sheets all season.

• United picked up 62 points in their first 25 top-flight games this season, their best ever return in the Premier League era (since 1992/93).

• United have failed to convert five of their nine penalties this season, from Nani, Van Persie, Hernández and Rooney (2).

Last updated: 11/02/13 23.33CET

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