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Match facts: Real Madrid v Barcelona

Published: Sunday 24 April 2011, 21.45CET
Match facts: Real Madrid v Barcelona
Cristiano Ronaldo vies with Lionel Messi earlier this month ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 24 April 2011, 21.45CET

Match facts: Real Madrid v Barcelona

Real Madrid

UEFA milestones
• Cristiano Ronaldo's goal on Matchday 10 was Madrid's 900th in UEFA competition, the first team to reach that total.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Madrid and Barcelona are the competition's highest scorers with 24 goals.

• Madrid are yet to concede at home in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League and have kept eight clean sheets in ten games in total this season. That surpasses their previous record of seven achieved in 1997/98 and 2001/02 – they won the title on both occasions.

• Madrid have had more shots on target (82) and wide (83) and won more corners (67) than any other semi-finalist.

• Mesut Özil has claimed six assists; more than any other player.

• Pepe is available again after a one-match ban but Ricardo Carvalho is suspended for the first leg. Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Ángel Di María and Raúl Albiol are within a booking of a ban.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 23 April: Valencia CF 3-6 Real Madrid CF
(Soldado 60, Jonas 80, Alba 85; Benzema 23, Higuaín 31 42 53, Kaká 39 62)

Casillas; Albiol, Garay (Pedro León 75), Carvalho, Nacho; Granero, Diarra, Canales (Xabi Alonso 62), Kaká; Higuaín (Ronaldo 67), Benzema

• Madrid scored six or more goals for the fifth time this season, although the other four all came at the Santiago Bernabéu: RC Deportivo la Coruña and Real Racing Club were both beaten 6-1 in October while Málaga CF lost 7-0 in Madrid on 3 March. UD Levante were defeated 8-0 in the Copa del Rey on 22 December.

• With his hat-trick – his third for Madrid – Gonzalo Higuaín took his tally against Valencia to eight goals in as many games. He last scored three goals in a match during Argentina's 4-1 FIFA World Cup victory against the Korea Republic last summer.

• José Mourinho made nine changes to the side that started the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona. Raúl Albiol returned from a one-game ban while Álvaro Arbeloa was suspended. With Marcelo dropping to the bench and Ramos rested, Ezequiel Garay and Nacho were drafted into defence, the latter making his first-team debut. Sami Khedira (adductor) and Di María (knee) were injured, meaning starts for the fit-again Lassana Diarra and Kaká while Sergio Canales also came into midfield.  Ronaldo was on the bench with Karim Benzema and Higuaín starting in attack.

• Despite shipping three goals at Valencia, Madrid have conceded just six goals in their last ten games, keeping six clean sheets in the process.

• Before Saturday Ronaldo had scored in Madrid's previous five games and has amassed 45 goals in 52 appearances for club and country this season.

• Last Wednesday Madrid lifted the Copa del Rey for the first time in 18 years after Ronaldo's 103rd-minute header earned a 1-0 win against Barcelona in Valencia. Di María was sent off in the last minute of extra time.

• Madrid have had players sent off in each of their last three meetings with Barcelona.

• It was the Merengues' first title since the 2008 Spanish Super Cup and Mourinho has now won domestic cup competitions in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain.

• Madrid and Barcelona had drawn 1-1 in the Liga four days earlier. Lionel Messi (53) struck with a penalty after an incident in which Albiol was sent off, but the hosts equalised through a Ronaldo spot kick (82). It denied Barcelona, who beat Mourinho's team 5-0 at the Camp Nou in November, a record sixth successive win in the fixture.

• It was only the second time in 25 home matches this season that Madrid failed to win, keeping clean sheets in 16 of them.

• Mourinho's 150-match unbeaten run at home in the league ended on 2 April when Real Sporting de Gijón won 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu. It was his first home league loss since 23 February 2002 when SC Beira-Mar overcame his FC Porto side 3-2. After leaving Porto in 2004 he extended the run with Chelsea FC (2004 to 2007) and FC Internazionale Milano (2008 to 2010) before moving to Madrid.

• Nacho's brother Álex made his senior debut in the 3-1 win at Real Racing Club on 6 March.

• The 8-0 win against Levante on 22 December was the Merengues' biggest victory since Emilio Butragueño and Hugo Sánchez scored four apiece in a 9-1 win against FC Wacker Innsbruck in the European Champion Clubs' Cup second round on 24 October 1990.

Injury news
• Khedira, Emmanuel Adebayor (both adductor) and Di María (bruised right knee) all missed out at Valencia after ending Madrid's cup final win carrying knocks.

• Lassana Diarra damaged his left hip on 12 April, returning at Valencia.

• Pedro León returned to training on 15 April for the first time since suffering a recurrence of a right knee injury ahead of the quarter-final first leg and was a second-half substitute in Valencia.

• Higuaín spent four months out with a slipped disc before returning to fitness at the end of March.

• Fernando Gago, who missed the first half of the season with a knee problem, tore an adductor on 4 March.

• In November Rubén de la Red, 25, retired due to a heart problem. He is now a coach at the club.


UEFA milestones
• Barcelona claimed their ninth successive home win in UEFA competition against FC Shakhtar Donetsk on Matchday 9, equalling a club record set from 1977 to 1979 and matched between 1993 and 1994.

• Lionel Messi's goal in the second leg in Donetsk was Barcelona's 300th in the UEFA Champions League.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Barcelona have scored 24 goals, the competition's joint highest total along with Real Madrid.

• Messi is Barça's all-time leading scorer in the competition with 34 goals in 54 games. He overtook Rivaldo (25 in 45) on Matchday 1.

• Messi is the competition's leading scorer with nine goals and has had more shots on goal than anyone else (26).

• David Villa has been flagged offside 13 times, more than any other player still involved.

• Andrés Iniesta is available following a one-match ban.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 23 April: FC Barcelona 2-0 CA Osasuna (Villa 24, Messi 87)
Valdés; Alves, Mascherano, Milito (Xavi 66), Maxwell; Thiago, Busquets, Keita, Jeffren (Iniesta 46), Afellay; Villa (Messi 58)

• Josep Guardiola's side won for the first time in three games in all competitions to stay eight points clear in the Liga.

• Of the eleven players who started the Copa del Rey final defeat by Madrid, only four kept their place. Victor Valdés returned in goal while Maxwell replaced the injured Adriano at full-back. With Gerard Piqué rested, Gabriel Milito filled in in central defence where he played alongside Javier Mascherano. Messi, Pedro Rodríguez, Iniesta and Xavi Hernández all dropped to the bench with Thiago Alcántara, Seydou Keita, Ibrahim Afellay and Jeffren all starting.

• Barcelona are 31 Liga games unbeaten, one shy of Real Sociedad de Fútbol's 31-year-old Spanish top-flight record. Barça's previous best of 27 was set in 1973/74.

• Before opening the scoring on Saturday Villa had not scored in 11 games for Barcelona, though he did hit two for Spain against the Czech Republic on 25 March.

• Messi has scored 53 goals in 55 games for club and country this season; his goal against Osasuna was his 50th for Barcelona in 2010/11. The strike set a new record for Spanish football, Messi surpassing the previous best goal tally for a season of 49 set by Real Madrid's Ferenc Puskás in 1959/60.

• The Argentina attacker scored his 48th club goal of the season in Donetsk on 12 April, surpassing former Brazil striker Ronaldo's club record of 47 for a campaign set in 1996/97.

• Víctor Valdés made his 400th Barça appearance against Osasuna. Andoni Zubizarreta holds the club appearance record for a goalkeeper having played 410 times.

• Guardiola suffered his first defeat in six finals as a coach last Wednesday as Cristiano Ronaldo's 103rd-minute header earned Madrid a 1-0 victory at Mestalla in the Copa del Rey showpiece.

• The Catalan giants had looked set to win in the league at the Santiago Bernabéu four days earlier, on 16 April. Leading the ten-men hosts through Messi's 53rd-minute penalty, Ronaldo's late spot kick gave Madrid a 1-1 draw.

• Messi took his tally at the Santiago Bernabéu to four goals, more than any Barcelona player has ever managed.

• The Catalan giants, who began the season with a club record ten successive Liga away wins, remain unbeaten on their travels in 23 league games, a Spanish top-flight best.

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

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

• The 8-0 win at UD Almería on 20 November equalled Barça's record for a Liga away victory.

Injury news
• Carles Puyol made his first appearance since 22 January at Madrid on 16 April after a knee injury, but his return was cut short before the hour because of a hamstring complaint. He was an unused substitute for the Copa del Rey final.

• Milito (right calf) had to be withdrawn midway through the second half against Osasuna, while Maxwell finished the game despite a groin complaint.

• Adriano will be out for a month having torn a muscle in his right thigh in the Copa del Rey final.

• Bojan is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering a partial tear to a left knee ligament on 9 April.

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

• Villa went clear of Raúl González as Spain's record scorer on 25 March, his double in a 2-1 win against the Czech Republic taking him to 46 goals. Xavi won his 100th cap in the same game.

Last updated: 26/04/11 10.50CET

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