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Match facts: Celtic v Barcelona

Published: Sunday 4 November 2012, 2.45CET
Match facts: Celtic v Barcelona
Tito Vilanova (right) greets Celtic manager Neil Lennon on matchday three ©AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Sunday 4 November 2012, 2.45CET

Match facts: Celtic v Barcelona

Celtic

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 has played all 630 minutes of Celtic's campaign, qualifying included. Scott Brown has featured in every game.

• 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.

Miscellaneous
• Leading 2-0 against Dundee United FC in the 89th minute on Sunday, Celtic conceded twice late on to draw. Thomas Rogne (calf) and Emilio Izaguirre (hamstring) were forced off by injury while Gary Hooper (hamstring), Giorgos Samaras (ankle) James Forrest and captain Scott Brown (both hip) also have knocks.

• Celtic lost 2-0 to Kilmarnock FC on 27 October, their first home defeat by the Ayrshire club since 1955.

• Three days later, a hat-trick from Kris Commons inspired the Hoops to a 5-0 defeat of Saint Johnstone FC in the Scottish League Cup quarter-finals.

• Forster last month became the first Celtic player to be called up by England since Alan Thompson, eight years ago.

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

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

Barcelona

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Matchday three was Barcelona's 100th victory in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final; they have scored 348 goals.

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

• Xavi Hernández has completed 405 of his 447 passes so far, both the highest in the competition. Barcelona have completed 2,283 of their 2,622 passes; both competition highs.

• Sergio Busquets serves the second match of a two-game ban following his red card on matchday two.

Miscellaneous
• Jordi Alba's fourth goal in six outings for club and country (as many as he scored in 62 previous appearances) helped Barcelona to a 3-1 win against RC Celta de Vigo on Saturday. The victory meant Barça equalled the record for the best start to a Liga campaign set by Real Madrid CF in 1991/92, when it was two points for a win.

• Adriano broke the deadlock against Celta but went off before half-time with a torn hamstring.

• Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Messi, Xavi and Gerard Piqué are in the running for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award, the winner of which will be announced on 7 January in Zurich. Josep Guardiola is nominated for the coaching prize.

• David Villa, Iniesta and Cesc Fàbregas struck as the Blaugrana opened their Copa del Rey round of 32 tie against Deportivo Alavés with a 3-0 first-leg victory on 30 October. The return takes place at the Camp Nou on 28 November.

• On 29 October, Messi collected his second ESM Golden Shoe in recognition of the record 50 Liga goals he registered last term. Two days earlier, the Argentina forward took his tally of career strikes to 301 for club and country with a double in a 5-0 win at Rayo Vallecano de Madrid.

• Messi scored his 21st hat-trick for the club on 20 October as Barcelona triumphed 5-4 at RC Deportivo La Coruña.

• 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 on 7 October.

• Thiago Alcántara tore knee ligaments in the 3-2 Liga win against Sevilla FC on 29 September. Carles Puyol dislocated his elbow against SL Benfica on matchday two. Éric Abidal underwent a liver transplant on 10 April, while Marc Muniesa tore knee ligaments in pre-season and is not in the UEFA Champions League squad.

Last updated: 05/11/12 16.37CET

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