Inter Milan v Liverpool (0-2)
BBC Football 

Champions League

Venue: San Siro
Date: Tue 11 Mar
Round: Last 16
Kick-off: 1945 GMT
BBC coverage: BBC Sport website & BBC Radio Five Live

Javier Mascherano has been named in Liverpool’s squad for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash against Inter Milan at the San Siro.

The Argentine midfielder limped out of last week’s 4-0 win over West Ham with a groin injury but he has recovered.

However, Steve Finnan will miss the game because of a hamstring problem.

Inter striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fit after a knee injury, but Marco Materazzi is suspended and Christian Chivu (shoulder) is a minor doubt.

Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher will play his 100th European game – as the Reds seek to join Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in the quarter-finals.


Liverpool (from): Reina, Arbeloa, Aurelio, Hyypia, Skrtel, Carragher, Riise, Pennant, Gerrard, Mascherano, Alonso, Babel, Benayoun, Lucas, Crouch, Kuyt, Torres, Itandje.

BIG MATCH STATS

Head-to-heads

Three weeks ago, on 19 February, Liverpool beat Inter Milan 2-0 at Anfield in the first leg.

The only previous European encounters between Internazionale and Liverpool came in the semi-finals 43 seasons years ago. The home side won 3-1 at Anfield on 4 May 1965, only to lose 3-0 in the return leg eight days later.

European history

Inter won the Champions Cup in 1964 and 1965, the Uefa Cup in 1991, 1994 and 1998 and two Intercontinental Cups in 1964 and 1965. Their best CL performance is reaching the 2002-03 semi-final which they lost to AC Milan. In 1998-99, 2004-05 and 2005-06, Internazionale were eliminated in the CL quarter-finals by Manchester United, AC Milan and Villarreal CF respectively.

Liverpool have won the Champions Cup/Champions League five times (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005). The Anfield side have also won three Uefa Cups (1973, 1976 and 2001). The Reds finished runners-up last season, after losing the final 2-1 against AC Milan.

Current European form

Inter Milan have won three CL home matches in a row, since being held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia on 21 February last year.

Liverpool have won their last four Champions League matches, one of which was away from home. The last time the Merseysiders failed to win in CL competition was on 24 October last year, at Besiktas (2-1).

Player and disciplinary info

Marco Materazzi (Inter) is suspended for this match, following his two yellow cards in the first leg at Anfield. It was the first time Materazzi had been sent off in a Champions League match.

Jamie Carragher (Liverpool) will be suspended on receiving another yellow card.

Julio Cesar has started and completed all of Internazionale’s CL matches this season.

If selected, Steven Gerrard and Sami Hyypia will be making their 50th Champions League appearances in the main tournament – all in Liverpool shirts.

Jose Manuel Reina and Jamie Carragher have started and completed all of Liverpool’s CL matches this season.

Other miscellaneous facts

Internazionale are one goal short of scoring 500 in European competition. They also need to net five to reach 100 in the Champions League main tournament.

On Saturday, Inter beat Reggina 2-0 to collect their 19th Serie A victory of the season and stay top of the table, six points ahead of AS Roma. The Italians have lost only four matches this season in all competitions: 0-1 to AS Roma for the Italian Super Cup in August 2007, 1-0 against Fenerbahce in their first CL match of the season in September, 2-0 in the first leg against Liverpool on 19 February and 1-0 at Napoli on 2 March.

Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-0 on Saturday to stay fourth in the Premier League. They are 10 points behind pace setters Arsenal.

Definitions of terms used:-

Champions League (CL) – only group phase matches and beyond of this competition which began in 1992-93.
Champions Cup/Champions League – all matches played since it began in 1955-56 including qualification matches.
European matches – all matches played in the major European tournaments (Fairs Cup, Uefa Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup, Champions Cup, Champions League).
Uefa Super Cups, Intertoto Cups and the old Intercontinental Cup competition are excluded.

Big Match Stats source: Infostrada Sports

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