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Match facts: Barcelona v Milan

Published: Friday 8 March 2013, 1.50CET
Match facts: Barcelona v Milan
Barcelona's Lionel Messi holds off the attentions of Stephan El Shaarawy in the first leg ©AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Friday 8 March 2013, 1.50CET

Match facts: Barcelona v Milan

Barcelona

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Xavi Hernández has completed 757 passes to date, 318 more than any other player, despite sitting out matchday six. He has completed 90% of the passes he has attempted.

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

• Barcelona have enjoyed 70% of possession to date, completing 5,008 of their 5,910 attempted passes with an 85% success rate – all higher than any other side.

• The Catalan giants have committed fewer fouls (58) than any other team still involved.

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

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In
None

Out
Isaac Cuenca (AFC Ajax, loan)

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

Miscellaneous
• Barcelona had conceded at least once in each of their last 13 games in all competitions, their worst ever sequence, before Saturday's 2-0 win against RC Deportivo La Coruña.

• José Manuel Pinto made his first league appearance of the season on Saturday as Víctor Valdés began a four-match Liga ban following his sending off after the final whistle of the 2-1 defeat by Real Madrid CF on 2 March.

• Messi has scored in a record 17 consecutive Liga games for Barcelona, surpassing the previous mark of ten set by Mariano Martín (Barcelona, 1942/43-1943/44) and Ronaldo (Real Madrid, 1996/97).

• The first-leg defeat began a run of three reverses in four games; after beating Sevilla FC, Barcelona lost twice in four days to Real Madrid. The last time they suffered three defeats in four games was in April/May 2008.

• Messi's goal in the 2-1 Liga loss to Madrid was his 18th in the fixture, equalling Alfredo Di Stéfano's Clásico record.

• Before the first leg the Blaugrana had registered at least a goal in each of their previous 21 games on the road in all competitions.

• On 21 February, Éric Abidal was given the all-clear to return to action for the first time since a liver transplant on 10 April 2012.

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

• Barcelona's 19-game 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 scored 91 goals for club and country in 2012, surpassing Gerd Müller's calendar year record 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.

Milan

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Kevin-Prince Boateng's first-leg goal was the Rossoneri's 400th in the European Cup.

• Sulley Muntari's first-leg goal was his first in UEFA club competition on what was his 34th appearance.

• 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.

• Philippe Mexès, Daniele Bonera, Mathieu Flamini and Riccardo Montolivo will incur a suspension with their next bookings.

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

Out
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 Manchester City FC's Mario Balotelli 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. Italian U21 midfielder Riccardo Saponara will join in June from Empoli FC.

Miscellaneous
• Milan earned a hard-fought 2-0 win at Genoa CFC on Friday, Giampaolo Pazzini scoring the stunning opener despite struggling with a leg injury that forced him off immediately after; Philippe Mexès went off with a muscle knock at half-time. The visitors played the last 25 minutes with ten men after Kévin Constant was sent off.

• Pazzini, who has scored nine goals in his last 11 appearances, has been left out of the squad for the Barcelona match after a scan on Sunday revealed "heavy bruising and a micro-fracture to the right fibula".

• Massimiliano Allegri's side were 13th in Serie A in mid-November but a run of 11 wins in 15 league outings has lifted them to third.

• The Rossoneri have scored at least once in each of their last nine games.

• Luca Antonini has not featured since twisting his knee on 14 February but played 90 minutes for Milan's youth side at the weekend.

• Milan have not lost by a three-goal margin since their 3-0 defeat at Arsenal FC in last season's UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg on 6 March 2012. They also lost 4-0 away to Manchester United FC at exactly the same stage of the competition in 2009/10.

• The Rossoneri are unbeaten in the league in 2013, winning seven and drawing three.

• Of the 63 goals Milan have scored this season in all competitions, 44 have come after half-time.

• El Shaarawy has scored 23 goals in 41 games for club and country this term. He signed a 12-month contract extension on 28 February tying him to the club until 2018.

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

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

Last updated: 10/03/13 22.56CET

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