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Match facts: Milan v Barcelona

Published: Saturday 16 February 2013, 1.18CET
Match facts: Milan v Barcelona
Lionel Messi looks to escape the attentions of Philippe Mexès last season ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 16 February 2013, 1.18CET

Match facts: Milan v Barcelona


UEFA Champions League statistics
• The Rossoneri have scored 399 goals in the European Cup.

• Milan struck seven times in the group stage, the joint-lowest with Galatasaray AŞ of any side to reach the last 16.

• At 19 years and 342 days, Stephan El Shaarawy became Milan's youngest UEFA Champions League goalscorer when he found the net against FC Zenit St Petersburg on matchday two.

• Milan have collected 17 yellow cards, more than any other team in the round of 16.

• Philippe Mexès is available after serving a one-game ban on matchday six; Daniele Bonera, Mathieu Flamini and Riccardo Montolivo will incur a suspension with their next bookings.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
Sulley Muntari, M'Baye Niang, Bakaye Traoré

Francesco Acerbi (Genoa CFC), Adrià Carmona (Real Zaragoza, loan), Urby Emanuelson (Fulham FC, loan), Djamel Mesbah (Parma FC), Pato (SC Corinthians Paulista)

• Muntari picked up a knee injury playing beach football while on holiday last summer that kept him out until December.

• Milan signed Mario Balotelli from Manchester City FC in January but the Italy striker is ineligible for this competition.

• The Rossoneri also brought in defender Cristian Zaccardo from Parma and Polish Under-21 international Bartosz Salamon from Brescia Calcio.

• Milan have made steady progress up the Serie A table since the end of the group stage, a run of seven wins in ten league outings lifting Massimiliano Allegri's side into the top five – they were 13th in mid-November. There has not been more than a goal in it in each of their eight outings in 2013.

• The Rossoneri lost 2-1 to Juventus in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals on 9 January, but are unbeaten in the league in 2013, winning five and drawing two.

• Of the 55 goals Milan have scored this season in all competitions, 40 have come after half-time.

• El Shaarawy, a late withdrawal through injury ahead of Friday's 2-1 win against Parma FC, has scored 22 goals in 37 games for club and country this term.

• Bonera returned from nearly three months out with a thigh injury on 3 February.

• Nigel de Jong is likely to miss the rest of the season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon in December.

• The Rossoneri have lost four times in 13 league games at San Siro this season. They only suffered two home reverses in each of the two previous Serie A campaigns.

• Italian U21 midfielder Riccardo Saponara will join in June from Empoli FC.

• Milan lost six of their first 14 Serie A fixtures, their worst start to a campaign since 1941/42.


UEFA Champions League statistics
• Despite sitting out matchday six, Xavi Hernández completed 663 passes in the group stage, over 250 more than any other player. He completed 92% of the passes he attempted.

• Lionel Messi has scored 56 UEFA Champions League goals, level with Ruud van Nistelrooy and behind only Raúl González (71).

• Barcelona enjoyed 71% of possession in the group stage, completing 4,334 of their 5,078 attempted passes with an 85% success rate – all higher than any other side.

• The Catalan giants also committed fewer fouls (46) than any other team in the group stage.

• Adriano, Alex Song, Javier Mascherano and Pedro Rodríguez's next bookings will incur a suspension.

UEFA Champions League squad changes

Isaac Cuenca (AFC Ajax, loan)

• Marc Muniesa damaged knee ligaments in pre-season and is not in the UEFA Champions League squad.

• Barcelona have built on their Liga lead since rounding off their group stage campaign, increasing a six-point advantage over second-placed Club Atlético de Madrid into double figures. They have not had it all their own way, however, as their unbeaten start to the top-flight campaign – 18 wins, one draw – ended on 19 January when Real Sociedad de Fútbol came from two down to triumph 3-2.

• Messi has scored in a record 14 consecutive Liga games for Barcelona, surpassing the previous mark of ten set by Mariano Martín (Barcelona, 1942/43-1943/44) and Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF, 1996/97).

• The Catalan giants have also advanced to the Copa de Rey semi-finals, where they are level at 1-1 with Real Madrid ahead of the second leg at the Camp Nou on 26 February.

• Adriano went off with a hamstring injury 29 minutes into Barcelona's 2-1 win at Granada CF on Saturday.

• Tito Vilanova underwent surgery and chemotherapy on a tumour in his saliva gland in December.

• Messi (until summer 2018), Carles Puyol, Xavi, Cristian Tello (all 2016) and José Pinto (2014) have signed contract extensions.

• Messi scored 91 goals for club and country in 2012, surpassing Gerd Müller's record for a calendar year of 86 set in 1972. He collected a record fourth FIFA Ballon d'Or in January, with Andrés Iniesta third in the voting and Xavi fourth.

• Puyol won his 100th cap on 6 February as Spain beat Uruguay 3-1 in Doha, the world and European champions' goals coming from Pedro (2) and Cesc Fàbregas.

• Barcelona had four players in the users' Team of the Year 2012 that was named in January: Gerard Piqué, Iniesta, Xavi and Messi. Iniesta was selected in midfield by almost three out of every four users who voted.

• Éric Abidal continues his recovery from a liver transplant carried out on 10 April 2012.

Last updated: 16/02/13 22.00CET

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