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Match facts: Barcelona v Celtic

Published: Saturday 20 October 2012, 2.45CET
Match facts: Barcelona v Celtic
Celtic broke their away duck on matchday two ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Saturday 20 October 2012, 2.45CET

Match facts: Barcelona v Celtic


UEFA Champions League statistics
• Barcelona have won 99 games in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, and scored 346 goals.

• Lionel Messi has been UEFA Champions League top scorer for an unprecedented four successive campaigns.

• Xavi Hernández has completed 236 of his 266 passes so far, both the highest in the competition. Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano are second and third respectively.

• Barcelona have completed 1,400 of their 1,627 passes; both competition highs.

• Busquets is suspended following his red card on matchday two.

International duty
• There were 13 Barcelona players on senior international duty last week: Pedro Rodríguez, Cesc Fàbregas, Víctor Valdés, Jordi Alba, Busquets, David Villa, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi (Spain), Messi, Mascherano (Argentina), Alexis Sánchez (Chile), Adriano (Brazil) and Alex Song (Cameroon).

• Pedro scored his first senior hat-trick, setting up another for Alba, as Spain won 4-0 in Belarus in FIFA World Cup qualifying on 12 October. Fàbregas's penalty was saved as La Roja drew 1-1 with France four days later.

• Messi scored twice as Argentina defeated Uruguay 3-0 in World Cup qualifying on 12 October. He found the net again in the 2-1 victory over Chile four days later.

• Martín Montoya, Marc Bartra, Carles Planas, Cristian Tello, Gerard Deulofeu and Sergi Roberto all featured in Spain's 8-1 aggregate win against Denmark in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs.

• Messi scored his 21st hat-trick for the club on Saturday as Barcelona, who had Mascherano sent off on 49 minutes, won 5-4 at RC Deportivo La Coruña.

• Barça announced on 15 October that Andreu Fontàs will play on loan at RCD Mallorca until the end of the season.

• Tito Vilanova's side were denied a club record seventh straight Liga win at the start of a campaign when they were held 2-2 at home by Real Madrid CF on 7 October.

• Thiago Alcántara tore knee ligaments in the 3-2 Liga win against Sevilla FC on 29 September.

• Carles Puyol was ruled out for up to eight weeks after dislocating his elbow against SL Benfica on matchday two.

• Éric Abidal is continuing to recover after undergoing a liver transplant on 10 April while Marc Muniesa tore knee ligaments in pre-season and has been left out of Barcelona's UEFA Champions League squad.

• Andrés Iniesta won the 2011/12 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on 30 August.

• Barcelona lost on away goals to Madrid in August's Spanish Super Cup, winning 3-2 at home, losing 2-1 away.


UEFA Champions League statistics
• The 3-2 win at FC Spartak Moskva was Celtic's first in 21 attempts away from home in the UEFA Champions League. They had lost 19 of the previous 20.

• Fraser Forster and Scott Brown have played all 540 minutes of Celtic's campaign, qualifying included.

• Ten of the side that started on matchday one were making their group stage debuts, with Brown the sole exception.

• Victor Wanyama's next yellow card will incur a ban.

International duty
• There were 15 Celtic players on senior international duty last week: Charlie Mulgrew, James Forrest, Brown, Kris Commons (Scotland), Forster (England), Efe Ambrose (Nigeria), Wanyama (Kenya), Giorgos Samaras (Greece), Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras), Nicolás Fedor (Venezuela), Mikael Lustig (Sweden), Paddy McCourt (Northern Ireland), Joe Ledley, Adam Matthews (Wales) and Beram Kayal (Israel).

• Lustig scored as Sweden came from four down to draw 4-4 in Germany in FIFA World Cup qualifying on 16 October.

• Ambrose scored his first goal for Nigeria on 13 October in a 6-1 win against Liberia that sealed a place in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

• Forster became the first Celtic player to be called up by England since Alan Thompson, eight years ago, when he was named in the squad to face San Marino and Poland.

• Thomas Rogne was among the scorers in the second leg as Norway defeated France 5-4 on aggregate in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs to book a place in next summer's finals.

• Ambrose scored his first goal for Celtic on Saturday as they won 5-0 at Saint Mirren FC, their biggest away win of the season.

• Celtic last week appointed former defender Danny McGrain as a first-team coach.

• Matthews was named Wales' young player of the year on 9 October.

• Mulgrew signed a contract extension on 5 October, committing to the Glasgow club until summer 2016.

• Celtic will host Saint Johnstone FC in the Scottish League Cup quarter-finals on 30 October.

• Eight points from their opening five fixtures represented Celtic's worst start to a league season since 1998/99.

Last updated: 22/10/12 0.24CET

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