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20.04.2010 10:15

Inter v Barca: Did you know... ?

Roger Bogunyà

All the background facts and figures surrounding Tuesday evening’s Champions League semi-final first leg between Inter Milan and FC Barcelona.

- Barca has never lost an away match to Inter Milan, winning once and drawing three times.

- The last two visits – both of them in the group stage of the Champions league - have ended in goalless draws.

- Inter Milan are unbeaten at home in the Champions League this season. They have won three matches (Rubin Kazan, Chelsea and CSKA Moscow) and drawn two (Barca and Dynamo Kiev).

-However, Barca have done well on their travels this season in the Champions League, winning one (Dynamo Kiev) and drawing four (Inter, Rubin Kazan, Stuttgart and Arsenal).

- Barca have played seven games in the city of Milan, winning two, drawing three and losing two.

web_10.jpg- The last time Barca played a European semi-final in Milan they beat AC Milan 0-1 in the 2005-06 season. The goal was scored by French winger Giuly.

- This is Inter’s eighth semi-final in European club football’s top competition. They went through four times and were eliminated three times.

- Barca on the other hand have reached this stage ten times previously, going through to the final five times and losing out five times.

- Inter haven’t been proclaimed champions of Europe since they won the European Cup in 1965 – 45 years ago.

- Barca have a pretty good record against Italian teams in European two-leg ties, going through six times and being knocked out only three times..

- Just as happened in the group stage matches, a number of players from both teams will get the chance to line up against their former clubs - Ibrahimovic, Maxwell, Eto'o, Motta and Quaresma, though the Portuguese international is not a regular under Mourinho.
Inter v Barca: Did you know... ?
The referee
Tuesday’s match will be officiated by the Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerencia and assistant referees José Manuel Silva Cardinal and Bertino Miranda. The fourth official is Artur Soares Dias.

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