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Match facts: Valencia v PSG

Published: Saturday 9 February 2013, 1.04CET
Match facts: Valencia v PSG
Roberto Soldado celebrates after scoring against Sevilla last month ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 9 February 2013, 1.04CET

Match facts: Valencia v PSG


UEFA Champions League statistics
• Valencia's next European Cup win will be their 50th.

• Valencia are nine games unbeaten at Mestalla in the UEFA Champions League, since a 1-0 defeat by Manchester United FC on 29 September 2010. They have won just four of their last 13 on the road.

• Roberto Soldado's treble on matchday three made him only the 13th player to score more than one UEFA Champions League hat-trick, and the first Spaniard.

• Valencia converted three penalties during the group stage – more than any other side.

• This is Ernesto Valverde's first UEFA Champions League game since he led Olympiacos FC to a 3-1 victory at home to group winners Arsenal FC in December 2011; the Greek side failed to advance.

• Aly Cissokho and Tino Costa have played every minute of Valencia's campaign.

• Antonio Barragán completes a two-game ban on matchday seven; Soldado is available after serving his own suspension on matchday six. Vicente Guaita and Tino Costa are within a booking of bans.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
Sergio Canales, Alex Quintanilla

Carlos Delgado, Fernando Gago (CA Vélez Sársfield)

• Canales has recovered from a ligament problem picked up last April that kept him out of action until January.

International duty
• Seven Valencia players were called up for senior international duty last week: Éver Banega (Argentina), Diego Alves (Brazil), João Pereira, Ricardo Costa (Portugal), Adil Rami (France), Andrés Guardado (Mexico) and Nelson Valdez (Paraguay).

• Pereira scored an own goal in Portugal's 3-2 loss at home to Ecuador on Wednesday.

• Midfielder Juan Bernat made his Spain Under-21 debut in Tuesday's 1-1 friendly draw away to Belgium.

• Sofiane Feghouli was part of the Algeria side eliminated from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations at the first hurdle in January, his penalty against the Ivory Coast helping them to their only point of the group stage.

• Valencia's record under Valverde reads eight wins, two draws and three defeats. That form has seen them rise from 12th in the Liga and into the top six, though Real Madrid CF ended their Copa del Rey ambitions at the quarter-final stage.

• Madrid also consigned Valencia to a 5-0 defeat at Mestalla on 20 January – the second of three meetings in eight days between the sides – their heaviest ever home Liga loss. It was their biggest reverse, home or away, since going down 6-0 to Barcelona on 4 May 2008.

• Appointed last summer, Mauricio Pellegrino parted company with Valencia on 1 December with the club on 18 points after 14 Liga games – their worst start to a season since 1999/2000.

• First-team delegate Salvador González 'Voro' took charge of the team at LOSC Lille before Valverde took the reins until the end of the season.

• Feghouli signed a two-year contract extension on 4 January, tying him to Mestalla until June 2016.

• Jérémy Mathieu is expected to be out of action until the end of February as he continues to recover from the Achilles problem that has limited him to just three appearances this season.

• Valencia failed to win their opening seven games away from home in the Liga this season, the longest they have had to wait since a run of eight without a victory in the title-winning season of 2001/02.

• Éver Banega was ruled out from 19 February to 20 October after breaking his leg having left the handbrake off his car at a petrol station.


UEFA Champions League statistics
• PSG's victory at GNK Dinamo Zagreb on matchday three was their first away win in the UEFA Champions League in 11 attempts, since a 1-0 success at IFK Göteborg in November 1997.

• PSG have conceded 48 UEFA Champions League goals, group stage to final.

• All of PSG's 14 group stage goals came from inside the area. The French side conceded three in the group stage, fewer than any other club.

• Zlatan Ibrahimović set up five goals in this season's group stage – including four on matchday four – more than any other player. He had 12 shots wide, also more than anyone else.

• Ibrahimović is the first player to score for six different clubs in the UEFA Champions League: AFC Ajax, Juventus, FC Internazionale Milano, FC Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG.

• Salvatore Sirigu, Maxwell and Blaise Matuidi played every minute of PSG's group stage campaign.

• Thiago Silva, Matuidi and Marco Verratti are within a booking of a ban.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
David Beckham (free agent), Lucas (São Paulo FC), Siaka Tiéné

Mathieu Bodmer (AS Saint-Étienne, loan), Mohamed Sissoko (ACF Fiorentina, loan), Guillaume Hoarau (Dalian Aerbin FC), Nenê (al-Gharafa SC), Péguy Luyindula (released)

• Still in the squad, Adrien Rabiot has gone out on loan to Toulouse FC.

International duty
• Eight players were on senior international duty last week: Mamadou Sakho, Matuidi, Jérémy Ménez (France), Ibrahimović (Sweden), Sirigu, Marco Verratti (Italy), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) and Lucas (Brazil).

• Substitute Verratti scored a last-gasp equaliser as Italy drew 1-1 away to the Netherlands.

• Sirigu, rested for two cup games, went a club record 860 minutes without conceding between Jackson Martínez's consolation for FC Porto on 4 December and Wahbi Khazri's free-kick in Friday's 3-1 victory over SC Bastia.

• Ménez scored the opener against Bastia, his first goal in 16 appearances for club and country.

• PSG are 12 games unbeaten in all competitions, winning 11, since a 2-1 defeat at OGC Nice on 1 December. During that run they have secured UEFA Champions League progress as group winners, risen from fourth to first in Ligue 1 and booked a place in the last 16 of the French Cup.

• Thiago Silva was named in the Team of the Year 2012 in January with a record 5.3m votes cast in the poll overall.

• Ibrahimović scored after 27 seconds in the 2-1 win at LOSC Lille on 2 September, PSG's quickest-ever league goal.

• In November work started on refurbishing the Parc des Princes ahead of UEFA EURO 2016.

Last updated: 10/02/13 22.17CET

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