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MALMO v CELTIC TRIVIA

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* Malmo have not conceded in their last nine UEFA qualifying home games – won six and drawn three – since the old Rangers club earned a 1-1 draw in August 2011. They have not lost in 11 qualifying matches at their new stadium – won seven and drawn four – since a 1-0 defeat by Swiss side Thun in August 2005.
* Celtic’s 4-1 success at Stjarnan in this season’s second qualifying round is their only victory in their last eight continental away fixtures, winning one, drawing four and losing three.
* The Hoops remain unbeaten in five games against Swedish teams with the record of four wins and one draw.
* The Swedes are unbeaten in two home matches against Scottish sides – won one and drawn one. They previously hosted Rangers, holding them to that 1-1 draw in the 2011/12 Champions League third qualifying round to claim a 2-1 aggregate triumph.

* Celtic have yet to concede a goal in Sweden, having earned a 2-0 win and a 0-0 draw on their previous two visits. That 2-0 victory was part of a 4-0 aggregate 2012/13 Champions League play-off success over a Helsingborg outfit coached by Åge Hareide – in which current Malmo striker Nikola Djurdjić played both legs.

* Celtic last featured in the Champions League group stage in 2013/14, but lost to Maribor, of Slovenia, 2-1 on aggregate in last year’s play-offs.

* Malmo beat Salzburg in last season’s play-offs to earn a first Champions League group stage campaign. They eliminated Salzburg again in this summer’s third qualifying round.

* Swedish teams have had marginally the better of the 30 meetings between the nations’ clubs in UEFA competition: with 11 wins, 10 draws and nine defeats.

* Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths turned 25 the day after the first leg.
* Malmo stand-by keeper Marko Johansson – who made his European debut as a 16-year-old in the second qualifying round – turns 17 tomorrow.

* Both sides have Norwegian coaches: Ronny Deila, at Celtic, and Åge Hareide, at Malmo. Deila said in the run-up to the match that he had been in talks about the Malmo job in 2014 when in charge of Stromsgodset, but Hareide was hired and Deila ended up in Glasgow.

* Malmö attacker Berget spent last autumn on loan at Celtic while he was on the books at Cardiff City. He scored twice – both in a 6-1 win over Dundee United – in four league outings.

* Celtic boast Swedish talent in the form of 44-times international defender Mikael Lustig.

* Malmo’s Icelandic defender Kári Árnason played with Aberdeen from 2011–12.

 
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