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Match facts: Barcelona v Shakhtar

Published: Sunday 3 April 2011, 4.29CET
Match facts: Barcelona v Shakhtar
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Published: Sunday 3 April 2011, 4.29CET

Match facts: Barcelona v Shakhtar


UEFA milestones
• Lionel Messi's second goal against Arsenal FC on Matchday 8 was Barcelona's 750th in UEFA competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Barcelona have committed 76 fouls, fewer than any other team left in the competition.

• Messi is Barça's all-time leading scorer in the competition with 33 goals in 52 games. He overtook Rivaldo (25 in 45) on Matchday 1.

• Messi has scored eight this season and is the competition's leading scorer with Samuel Eto'o and Mario Gomez.

• Gerard Piqué is available after a one-game suspension; Andrés Iniesta is within a yellow card of a ban.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 2 April: Villarreal CF 0-1 FC Barcelona (Piqué 66)
Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Busquets, Adriano; Thiago, Mascherano, Keita (Messi 53), Iniesta, Afellay (Jonathan 85); Villa (Bojan 71)

• Piqué's first goal since September helped stretch Barcelona's unbeaten run to eight games, seven of them wins.

• Thiago Alcántara made his first senior start in place of the suspended Xavi Hernández; Sergio Busquets deputised at centre-back. Messi was initially rested.

• Following Real Madrid CF's defeat by Real Sporting de Gijón the win left Barcelona eight points clear at the summit – at the same stage last term the pair were level.

• Barça had won all ten of their Liga away games this season, a club record, before a 1-1 draw at Sporting Gijón on 12 February.

• The Catalan giants remain unbeaten on their travels in 22 league games, a Spanish top-flight record.

• Barcelona set a club record of 27 Liga games unbeaten with a 2-1 victory against Getafe CF on 19 March, surpassing their previous mark set in 1973/74. Saturday's win moved them onto 28, four shy of Real Sociedad de Fútbol's Spanish top-flight record.

• At 20 years, 203 days, Bojan Krkić became the youngest player to reach 100 Liga games for Barcelona against Getafe and marked the occasion with his first goal since December. Messi had held the record aged 21 years 256 days when he brought up his century in March 2009.

• The Catalan outfit are 22 matches unbeaten at the Camp Nou in all competitions, winning 20 including the last seven.

• Messi has scored 48 goals in 49 games for club and country this season but has not found the net in his last four matches.

• Barcelona's record 16-match winning run in the Liga, surpassing Real Madrid's 1960/61 mark of 15 under Miguel Muñoz, ended with the Sporting Gijón draw on 12 February.

• Barça's club record 28-match unbeaten run in all competitions ended when they lost 3-1 at Real Betis Balompié on 19 January in the Copa del Rey quarter-final, second leg.

• They had won the first meeting 5-0, however, and after an 8-0 aggregate victory over UD Almería they will now face Real Madrid in the final at Mestalla on 20 April.

• Xavi played his 550th game for Barcelona on 5 January, surpassing Migueli's club record.

• The 8-0 win at Almería on 20 November equalled Barça's record for a Liga away victory. The Camp Nou outfit triumphed by the same scoreline at UD Las Palmas on 25 October 1959.

Injury news
• Maxwell missed the Villarreal trip with a sore thigh.

• Bojan picked up a right ankle injury while on Spain Under-21 duty last week but recovered to face Villarreal.

• Carles Puyol has been sidelined by a left knee problem since 22 January but is back in training.

• Pedro Rodríguez has not featured since suffering a groin strain in the 1-1 draw with Sevilla FC on 13 March.

• On 17 March Éric Abidal underwent surgery to remove a liver tumour.

• Jeffrén (left thigh, out since 20 January) made his return against Getafe on 19 March.

International duty
UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying unless stated
• Thursday 24 March
France 3-2 Spain, U21 friendly – Bartra

• Friday 25 March
Spain 2-1 Czech Republic – Piqué, Iniesta, Xavi, Busquets, Villa (2 goals)
Hungary 0-4 Netherlands – Afellay (goal)

• Saturday 26 March
United States 1-1 Argentina, friendly – Milito, Mascherano, Messi

• Sunday 27 March
Brazil 2-0 Scotland, friendly – Alves

• Monday 28 March
Spain 1-1 Belarus, U21 friendly – Montoya, Fontás, Bojan, Thiago (sub)

• Tuesday 29 March
Lithuania 1-3 Spain – Piqué, Xavi (goal), Villa
Netherlands 5-3 Hungary – Afellay
Costa Rica 0-0 Argentina, friendly – Milito, Mascherano

• David Villa is now Spain's record scorer, his double against the Czech Republic taking him to 46 goals, two more than Raúl González. Xavi won his 100th cap in the same game.

• Daniel Alves (until 2015) and José Pinto (2012) have signed contract extensions since the Arsenal tie.


UEFA milestones
• Shakhtar have conceded 199 goals in UEFA competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• The Ukrainian side have committed 140 fouls and suffered 132, both more than any other team in the last eight.

• Darijo Srna has been fouled 20 times, more than any player still involved.

• Srna, Luiz Adriano, Răzvan Raţ, Dmytro Chygrynskiy, Henrik Mkhitaryan and Olexiy Gai will incur a ban with their next yellow cards.

Latest domestic information
Friday 1 April: FC Illychivets Mariupil 1-3 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Budkivskiy 57; Srna 19, Luiz Adriano 52,
Douglas Costa 90+4)

Pyatov; Srna, Kryvtsov, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk; Fernandinho, Mkhitaryan, Alex Teixeira (Douglas Costa 67), Jadson (Vitsenets 80), Willian; Luiz Adriano (Moreno 71)

• Fernandinho returned to competitive action for the first time since breaking his leg in September. Serhiy Kryvtsov made his league debut for Shakhtar at centre-back.

• The Pitmen have won 31 of their 35 fixtures this term.

• Shakhtar have lost three of their last 44 games in all competitions; their last 40 league outings have brought 36 wins.

• Mircea Lucescu's side have kept clean sheets in 22 of their 35 fixtures this term, including six of their last nine.

• Lucescu's side have won 16 of their last 17 games, the one blip coming on 13 March when they lost 1-0 at FC Karpaty Lviv. It was only the second time this term Shakhtar have failed to score, in all competitions.

• Shakhtar returned to form with a 4-0 victory over FC Volyn Lutsk on 20 March and have won all 17 of their home games this season, conceding three goals in the process.

• The Donetsk outfit have won 20 in a row at home in all competitions and have not lost on their own turf in 55 matches, since 22 October 2008 and a 1-0 defeat by Sporting Clube de Portugal.

• Shakhtar's non-international players trained in Antalya from 24-26 March, playing friendlies against the Turkish Super League's bottom two sides. They drew 1-1 with Kasımpaşa SK before losing 2-0 to Konyaspor.

• Shakhtar have not conceded more than one goal at home in 37 home games, since 29 July 2009 and a 2-2 draw with Romanian side FC Timişoara in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Injury news
• Fernandinho started on Friday, his first competitive appearance since breaking his right leg on 10 September.

• Olexandr Kucher has not played since injuring his knee during Ukraine's 1-1 draw in Sweden on 9 February.

• Luiz Adriano (head, chest), Chygrynskiy (ankle), Eduardo (ankle) and Marcelo Moreno (knee) all picked up injuries against Volyn, though Luiz Adriano and Moreno returned on Friday.

International duty
UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying unless stated
• Thursday 24 March
Ukraine 3-2 Iceland, U21 friendly – Rakitskiy, Stepanenko, Kryvtsov, Vitsenets (sub)

• Friday 25 March
Spain 2-1 Czech Republic – Hübschman

• Saturday 26 March
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 Romania – Raţ
Georgia 1-0 Croatia – Srna
Armenia 0-0 Russia – Mkhitaryan

• Sunday 27 March
Brazil 2-0 Scotland, friendly – Jadson

• Monday 28 March
Denmark 2-2 Ukraine, U21 friendly – Kryvtsov, Vitsenets

• Tuesday 29 March
Ukraine 0-2 Italy, friendly – Rakitskiy, Stepanenko
Czech Republic 2-0 Liechtenstein – Hübschman
Romania 3-1 Luxembourg – Raţ
France 0-0 Croatia, friendly – Srna

• Jadson made his international debut in Brazil's 1-0 defeat by France in Paris on 9 February.

Last updated: 04/04/11 15.19CET

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