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Match facts: Plzeň v Barcelona

Published: Saturday 29 October 2011, 21.45CET
Match facts: Plzeň v Barcelona
David Villa scores Barcelona's second goal against Plzeň last time out ©Getty Images

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Published: Saturday 29 October 2011, 21.45CET

Match facts: Plzeň v Barcelona

Plzeň

UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• None

Latest domestic information
Friday 28 October: FC Viktoria Plzeň 5-0 FC Hradec Králové (Čišovský 11, Bakoš 60 79, Petržela 65,
Fukal og 71)

Pavlík; Rajtoral (Řezník 85), Čišovský, Bystroň, Limberský; Petržela, Horváth, Jiráček, Kolář (Darida 80); Ďuriš (Fillo 61), Bakoš

• With on-loan Václav Pilař ineligible against his parent club, Pavel Vrba's side claimed only their third win in their last seven games in all competitions, although they have won three of the last four matches.

• Marek Bakoš and Milan Petržela each scored for the third successive league game, the latter a stunning solo effort that began inside his own half.

• At this stage last term, Plzeň were unbeaten and top of the league on 34 points – ten more than this time around.

• Marián Čišovský, on target again on Friday, scored his first goal for the club on 23 October as Plzeň beat FK Viktoria Žižkov 4-1.

• None of Daniel Kolář's eight goals this season have come earlier than first-half added time.

• A 2-0 loss to AC Sparta Praha on 29 August represents Plzeň's only home league defeat in 35 games.

• Vrba's side began the domestic season with victory in the Czech Super Cup, beating Czech Cup holders FK Mladá Boleslav 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Injury news
• Marek Čech has not played since injuring his knee in Barcelona. The Žižkov win marked Roman Pavlík's return to action after suffering ligament damage at Rosenborg BK on 27 July; Čech was signed from FC Zhemchuzhina-Sochi as cover.

Miscellaneous
• Kolář, Petr Jiráček and Pilař are likely to be on duty on 11 and 15 November when the Czech Republic face Montenegro in the UEFA EURO 2012 play-offs.

Barcelona

UEFA milestones
• Barcelona have conceded 395 goals in UEFA competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Barcelona have scored more goals (9) and won more corners (29) than any other side.

• Lionel Messi has had more shots on goal (8) and wide (15) than any other player.

• Daniel Alves will incur a suspension with his next booking.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 29 October: FC Barcelona 5-0 RCD Mallorca (Messi 13pen 21 30, Cuenca 50, Alves 90+2)
Valdés; Alves, Mascherano, Abidal (Piqué 46), Adriano; Cuenca, Thiago, Busquets (Puyol 59), Keita; Messi, Villa (Deulofeu 64)

• Messi's third hat-trick of the campaign − his 13th for Barcelona − and Isaac Cuenca's first goal for the club helped Josep Guardiola's side to their seventh win in eight outings.

• Barcelona are 22 games unbeaten in all competitions, since a 2-1 loss at Real Sociedad de Fútbol on 30 April.

• The Catalan giants have kept eight successive clean sheets and have not been breached in 787 minutes, since Pablo Hernández's goal in the 2-2 draw with Valencia CF on 21 September. Víctor Valdés, who broke Andoni Zubizarreta's club goalkeeping record of 301 Liga appearances on 2 October, has been in goal throughout that run.

• Xavi Hernández passed Migueli's club record for Liga appearances at Granada CF on 25 October, marking his 392nd top-flight match with the only goal of the game. It took him to four in nine league outings this term, passing his tallies for each of the last two seasons.

• Cuenca, who made his first appearance for the club as a late substitute on matchday three, made his full debut against a Granada side that ended the game with nine men.

• Messi missed an added-time penalty in a 0-0 draw at home to Sevilla FC on 22 October, the first time this season Barça have failed to score.

• Messi moved ahead of László Kubala into second place on the club's all-time scoring list with his two goals against Real Racing Club on 15 October. Messi has registered 199 times for Barça and is now chasing César Rodríguez, who scored 235 club goals between 1942 and 1955.

• Barça have scored in 25 consecutive Liga away games, a Spanish top-flight record.

• 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.

• Barça will play third tier CD L'Hospitalet in the Copa del Rey round of 32 on 9 November and 21 December.

Injury news
• Pedro Rodríguez has been ruled out of the Plzeň match after suffering an ankle injury at Granada.

• Gerard Piqué returned from a hamstring problem against Mallorca. That and a torn calf have limited the defender to just two starts for Barcelona this season.

• Carles Puyol also featured against Mallorca − his first outing in four games following a groin injury.

• Cesc Fàbregas came on as a substitute against Sevilla on his comeback from a torn hamstring that had kept him out since 1 October. Alexis Sánchez has been sidelined since 10 September with a similar problem.

• Ibrahim Afellay is likely to be out until next year after suffering a knee ligament injury in training in September.

Miscellaneous
• On 20 October Messi was named Barcelona player of the season for 2010/11.

• David Villa struck his 50th goal for Spain in their 3-1 home win against Scotland on 11 October, a game that marked Valdés' first competitive start in goal for the Roja.

Last updated: 30/10/11 22.47CET

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