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STAT ATTACK: EUROPA MATCHDAY STATS

It’s Matchday and here is your Matchday Stats Pack:

 

 

Shamrock Rovers’ 3-0 win on Saturday was their biggest victory over Cork City at Turner’s Cross, and only the second time ever the Hoops scored three goals against City at the venue (after last season). Rovers did beat City 3-0 at Flower Lodge twice in the mid 80s and recorded higher wins over Cork Celtic at Turner’s Cross in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

 

Rovers are 19 games unbeaten in all competitions since a 3-2 defeat at Oriel Park in September 2019. The club went on a run of 21 games without defeat from September 2014 to May 2015. Rovers went a full year without losing once before, from April 1924 to October 1925 for a total of 41 matches.

 

 

In the first qualifying round against Ilves Tampere, Rovers set a new League of Ireland record of 11 ties won in Europe, having already claimed the highest number of appearances (29), games (83) and wins (18). Neil Farrugia, Daniel Lafferty and Liam Scales all made their European debuts.

 

 

Stephen Bradley equalled Michael O’Neill’s record of three knockout tie wins as manager. John Giles still has the most single games won in 90-120 minutes (four). Against Milan, Bradley will overtake Liam Tuohy’s total of 12 European games in charge, behind only Michael O’Neill (16).

 

 

Rovers have gone three European home games unbeaten for the first time since a run of four from 1965 to 1967 against Zaragoza, Spora Luxembourg, Bayern Munich and Cardiff City. The Hoops are 18 home games without a loss in all competitions since a 1-0 defeat to Dundalk in June 2019. One more would be a new record at Tallaght Stadium, and the best sequence since Rovers remained unbeaten for the last 19 matches at Milltown (and the first two at Tolka Park in 1987/88).

 

 

The 26 penalties taken in the Ilves shootout were a record in European club competition. The previous record was Drogheda’s 11-10 defeat to IK Start in the 2006 UEFA Cup, when Stephen Bradley converted but Graham Gartland twice missed from the spot.

 

 

The Hoops are looking for the League of Ireland’s 50th ever win in the Europa League on Thursday (not including penalty shootouts). A League club has never scored a competitive goal against Italians. Alan Mannus and Stephen Bradley played for Rovers against Juventus in the 2010 Europa League.

 

 

Shamrock Rovers this season are aiming to match Milan’s total of 18 league titles and neither club has won their championship since 2011. Milan haven’t qualified for the Champions League since 2014.

 

 

Milan are seven time European champions. This is only the third time ever that Rovers have faced a club who had previously won the European Cup/Champions League, after Celtic in 1986 and Juventus in 2010. Manchester United (1957) and Bayern Munich (1966) later went on to become champions of Europe as well.

 

 

Milan have only ever played four European qualifying round ties (three Champions League, one Europa League) and won them all. They have been knocked out at the first hurdle on the following occasions: The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1961/62 and 1964/65, the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1977/78 and the European Cup in 1979/80, also failing to get out of two Champions League group stages in the 90s and once in the Europa League two years ago.

 

 

Aaron McEneff is set to make his 50th appearance for the Hoops but Croatian forward Ante Rebi?, Milan’s top goalscorer last season, will play no part as he is suspended on Thursday.

 

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Joey O’Brien have crossed paths once before, when O’Brien made his Ireland debut in a 3-0 friendly win over Sweden at Lansdowne Road in May 2006. It was Steve Staunton’s first game in charge. Brahim Díaz, on loan to AC Milan from Real Madrid, was in the same Manchester City academy with Jack Byrne.

 

 

Shamrock Rovers’ 3-0 win on Saturday was their biggest victory over Cork City at Turner’s Cross, and only the second time ever the Hoops scored three goals against City at the venue (after last season). Rovers did beat City 3-0 at Flower Lodge twice in the mid 80s and recorded higher wins over Cork Celtic at Turner’s Cross in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

 

Rovers are 19 games unbeaten in all competitions since a 3-2 defeat at Oriel Park in September 2019. The club went on a run of 21 games without defeat from September 2014 to May 2015. Rovers went a full year without losing once before, from April 1924 to October 1925 for a total of 41 matches.

 

 

In the first qualifying round against Ilves Tampere, Rovers set a new League of Ireland record of 11 ties won in Europe, having already claimed the highest number of appearances (29), games (83) and wins (18). Neil Farrugia, Daniel Lafferty and Liam Scales all made their European debuts.

 

 

Stephen Bradley equalled Michael O’Neill’s record of three knockout tie wins as manager. John Giles still has the most single games won in 90-120 minutes (four). Against Milan, Bradley will overtake Liam Tuohy’s total of 12 European games in charge, behind only Michael O’Neill (16).

 

 

Rovers have gone three European home games unbeaten for the first time since a run of four from 1965 to 1967 against Zaragoza, Spora Luxembourg, Bayern Munich and Cardiff City. The Hoops are 18 home games without a loss in all competitions since a 1-0 defeat to Dundalk in June 2019. One more would be a new record at Tallaght Stadium, and the best sequence since Rovers remained unbeaten for the last 19 matches at Milltown (and the first two at Tolka Park in 1987/88).

 

 

The 26 penalties taken in the Ilves shootout were a record in European club competition. The previous record was Drogheda’s 11-10 defeat to IK Start in the 2006 UEFA Cup, when Stephen Bradley converted but Graham Gartland twice missed from the spot.

 

 

The Hoops are looking for the League of Ireland’s 50th ever win in the Europa League on Thursday (not including penalty shootouts). A League club has never scored a competitive goal against Italians. Alan Mannus and Stephen Bradley played for Rovers against Juventus in the 2010 Europa League.

 

 

Shamrock Rovers this season are aiming to match Milan’s total of 18 league titles and neither club has won their championship since 2011. Milan haven’t qualified for the Champions League since 2014.

 

 

Milan are seven time European champions. This is only the third time ever that Rovers have faced a club who had previously won the European Cup/Champions League, after Celtic in 1986 and Juventus in 2010. Manchester United (1957) and Bayern Munich (1966) later went on to become champions of Europe as well.

 

 

Milan have only ever played four European qualifying round ties (three Champions League, one Europa League) and won them all. They have been knocked out at the first hurdle on the following occasions: The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1961/62 and 1964/65, the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1977/78 and the European Cup in 1979/80, also failing to get out of two Champions League group stages in the 90s and once in the Europa League two years ago.

 

 

Aaron McEneff is set to make his 50th appearance for the Hoops but Croatian forward Ante Rebi?, Milan’s top goalscorer last season, will play no part as he is suspended on Thursday.

 

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Joey O’Brien have crossed paths once before, when O’Brien made his Ireland debut in a 3-0 friendly win over Sweden at Lansdowne Road in May 2006. It was Steve Staunton’s first game in charge. Brahim Díaz, on loan to AC Milan from Real Madrid, was in the same Manchester City academy with Jack Byrne.

 

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