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Match facts: Spartak Moskva v Barcelona

Published: Saturday 17 November 2012, 2.00CET
Match facts: Spartak Moskva v Barcelona
Lionel Messi vies with Spartak's Rafael Carioca on matchday one ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 17 November 2012, 2.00CET

Match facts: Spartak Moskva v Barcelona


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• Celtic FC's 3-2 win at Spartak on matchday two was their first in 21 away games in the UEFA Champions League.

• Rafael Carioca and Dmitri Kombarov have played every minute of Spartak's group stage campaign.

• Ari has been caught offside ten times; more than any other player.

• Nicolas Pareja serves a one-game ban following his red card on matchday four. Marek Suchý will incur a suspension with his next booking.

International duty
• Four Spartak players were on senior international duty last week: Dmitri Kombarov, Artem Dzyuba (Russia), Kim Källström (Sweden) and Suchý (Czech Republic).

• Källström started last Wednesday as Sweden inaugurated the Friends Arena in Solna with a 4-2 win against England.

• Aleksandr Kozlov made his first top-flight appearance of the season on Saturday as Spartak drew 1-1 at FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod.

• Spartak triumphed 5-0 at PFC Krylya Sovetov Samara on 3 November, their biggest win since beating FC Tom Tomsk by the same scoreline on 27 September 2009. It was their biggest away league victory since a 5-0 triumph at FC Fakel Voronezh on 18 August 2001.

• Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has been ruled out until the new year with an abdominal injury, while Romulo (since 23 September) and Soslan Gatagov (summer) will miss the group stage with knee ligament injuries.

• Sergei Parshivlyuk has been out with a knee ligament injury since the summer but is back in training, as is Aiden McGeady after injuring his foot playing for the Republic Of Ireland on 16 October.

• This season Spartak won their first three league games for only the fourth time. On the previous three occasions, in 1994, 1997 and 1999, they went on to claim the title.

• Ghana forward Majeed Waris will join Spartak from BK Häcken in January.


UEFA Champions League statistics
• Barcelona have scored 349 goals in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

• Xavi Hernández completed 169 passes on matchday three, only 13 fewer than the whole of the Celtic FC team managed at the Camp Nou.

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

• Víctor Valdés, Javier Mascherano, Xavi and Messi have played every minute of Barça's group campaign.

• Sergio Busquets is available after completing a two-game ban following his red card on matchday two. Alex Song's next booking will incur a suspension.

International duty
• Barcelona had 12 players on senior international duty last week: Valdés, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas, Pedro Rodríguez, David Villa, Martín Montoya (Spain), Messi, Mascherano (Argentina), Daniel Alves (Brazil) and Alexis Sánchez (Chile).

• Pedro scored twice and Villa once as Spain won 5-1 in Panama last Wednesday.

• Alexis injured his ankle in Chile's 3-1 loss to Serbia and is expected to miss the rest of the group stage.

• Gerard Deulofeu scored for Spain Under-21s as they beat Italy 3-1 in a friendly on 13 November. Christian Tello, Marc Bartra and Sergi Roberto also featured.

• Messi's double in the 4-2 triumph over RCD Mallorca on 11 November took his tally for club and country in 2012 to 76 goals, one more than Pelé managed in 1958 and nine behind Gerd Müller's 1972 record. He moved to within seven of the German with two more in Saturday's 3-1 victory over Real Zaragoza.

• Song was also on target against Zaragoza, his first goal since registering in Arsenal FC's 3-0 win at home to Bolton Wanderers FC on 24 September 2011.

• Carles Puyol started against Zaragoza on his return from a dislocated elbow suffered on 2 October.

• With 11 wins and a draw from their opening 12 games, Barcelona have made a record-equalling start to their Liga campaign, matching Real Madrid CF's achievement in 1991/92 when it was two points for a win.

• Barcelona have registered at least once in each of their last 26 games, since last season's UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg defeat by Chelsea FC.

• On 13 November, Messi received his trophies for the 2011/12 Liga player of the year and forward of the year as voted for by Spain's top-flight coaches. Iniesta collected the best attacking midfielder prize.

• Adriano, who scored against Celta, has not played since limping out of that contest with a torn adductor. Marc Batra will miss the trip to Moscow after straining the adductor in his right leg in training on Sunday.

• Busquets, 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. Josep Guardiola is nominated for the coaching prize.

• 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 (knee, out since 29 September) and Éric Abidal (liver transplant, 10 April) have been sidelined, while Marc Muniesa damaged knee ligaments in pre-season and is not in the UEFA Champions League squad.

Last updated: 18/11/12 23.39CET

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