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Match facts: BATE v Barcelona

Published: Sunday 25 September 2011, 21.45CET
Match facts: BATE v Barcelona
Cesc Fàbregas (centre) is congratulated after scoring against Valencia on 21 September ©Getty Images

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Published: Sunday 25 September 2011, 21.45CET

Match facts: BATE v Barcelona

BATE

UEFA milestones
• BATE are a club record nine matches unbeaten in UEFA competition, winning three and drawing six since last December's 3-0 UEFA Europa League group stage loss at AZ Alkmaar.

• The Belarusian outfit have scored 49 European Cup goals.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• None

Latest domestic information
Friday 23 September: FC Belshina Bobruisk 1-1 FC BATE Borisov (Zubovich 46; Kontsevoi 6)
Gutor; A Volodko, Filipenko, Simić, Bordachev; Rudik (Likhtarovich 75), Olekhnovich, Baga (Aleksiyan 78); Bressan; Kontsevoi, Kežman (Gordeychuk 63)

• BATE have kept 16 clean sheets in 26 league games this season.

• Viktor Goncharenko's side extended their unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions, six of them draws.

• BATE's run of four league games without a win, their worst sequence in three years, ended on 18 September with a 2-0 victory against FC Naftan Novopolotsk.

• Renan Bressan scored the goals against Naftan, with defender Maksim Bordachev claiming both assists.

• BATE have gone 16 games unbeaten at home in all competitions since the Belarusian season started in April, scoring at least once in every match.

Injury news
• Dmitri Likhtarovich returned to action as a late substitute against Naftan after five weeks out with a muscular problem.

• Vitali Rodionov may be out of action until at least April after rupturing knee ligaments in a collision as he scored against FC Dinamo Minsk on 28 August.

• Evgeni Kuntsevich underwent knee surgery in July and has been ruled out until the new year.

• Aleksandr Pavlov (torn adductors, out since 29 July) and Aleksandr Yurevich (torn ankle ligaments, 28 August) are also sidelined.

Summer transfers
In
Mateja Kežman (South China AA)
Pavel Chesnovski (FC Tranzīt Ventspils)

Out
Igor Shitov (FC Dinamo Moskva)
Pavel Nekhaychik (FC Dinamo Moskva)

Barcelona

UEFA milestones
• This is Barcelona's 400th match in UEFA competition; they have conceded 395 goals in that time.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Barcelona won 11 corners on matchday one, the joint highest total in the competition along with GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 24 September: FC Barcelona 5-0 Club Atlético de Madrid (Villa 9, Miranda og 15, Messi 26 78 90+1)
Valdés; Alves, Busquets (Piqué 54), Mascherano, Abidal (Maxwell 81); Pedro, Thiago, Xavi, Fàbregas (Keita 72); Messi, Villa

• Barcelona are 15 games unbeaten in all competitions, since 30 April and a 2-1 loss at Real Sociedad de Fútbol.

• Barça have scored 31 times this term, 11 more than in their opening nine fixtures in all competitions last season.

• Lionel Messi scored a Liga hat-trick for the second game running at the Camp Nou, having struck three in an 8-0 defeat of CA Osasuna on 17 September. Josep Guardiola's side beat UD Almería by the same scoreline on 20 November 2010.

• Cesc Fàbregas has scored seven goals in ten appearances for club and country since joining Barcelona, most recently registering in the 2-2 draw at Valencia CF on 21 September. He did not score in his last 11 games as an Arsenal player.

• Barcelona, who won their first ten Liga games on their travels last term, were held 2-2 by Real Sociedad in their first away league match of the season. Víctor Valdés made his 411th appearance for Barcelona in San Sebastian to surpass Andoni Zubizarreta's club record for a goalkeeper.

• Valdés made his 300th Liga appearance for Barcelona against Atlético, the same team he made his domestic debut against on 1 September 2002. The goalkeeper is one game shy of Zubizarreta's 301 league appearances.

• After the first round of games was postponed due to a players' strike, Guardiola's men started their Liga defence with a 5-0 win against Villarreal CF on 29 August.

• Barcelona have already collected two trophies this season, beating FC Porto 2-0 in the UEFA Super Cup on 26 August having already wrapped up a 5-4 aggregate victory against Real Madrid CF in the Spanish Super Cup.

• Guardiola has now led Barça to 12 titles – one more than Johan Cruyff's haul between 1988 and 1996. Xavi Hernández has won more trophies (18) than any player in the club's history.

Injury news
• Gerard Piqué returned as a substitute against Atlético after tearing his calf in training on 23 August.

• Andrés Iniesta has not featured since tearing a hamstring against Milan.

• Carles Puyol (knee, out since 1 June) and Ibrahim Afellay (thigh, 30 July) returned to action as substitutes against Milan, but Afellay is now likely to be out until next year after suffering a knee ligament injury in training last week.

• Alexis Sánchez went off with a torn hamstring against Real Sociedad.

• Maxwell made his comeback at home to Osasuna having suffered a stomach muscle strain during pre-season.

Summer transfers
In
Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal FC)
Alexis Sánchez (Udinese Calcio)

Out
Gabriel Milito (CA Independiente)
Bojan Krkić (AS Roma)
Jeffrén Suárez (Sporting Clube de Portugal)
Oriol Romeu (Chelsea FC)
Víctor Sánchez (Neuchâtel Xamax FC)
Nolito (SL Benfica)
Martín Cáceres (Sevilla FC)
Henrique (SE Palmeiras, loan)
Keirrison (Cruzeiro EC, loan)
Aleksandr Hleb (VfL Wolfsburg, loan)

Miscellaneous
• Xavi scored one and David Villa two as Spain clinched UEFA EURO 2012 qualification with a 6-0 win against Liechtenstein on 6 September. It was Xavi's 103rd international appearance, taking him past Raúl González as the country's most-capped outfield player. The 31-year-old is bettered only by Iker Casillas (124) and Zubizarreta (126).

• Messi won the inaugural UEFA Best Player in Europe Award in Monaco on 25 August, with Xavi second.

• Thiago Alcántara, Martín Montoya and Rubén Miño were all part of the Spain squad that won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship over the summer.

Last updated: 26/09/11 16.51CET

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