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Match facts: PSG v Barcelona

Published: Saturday 30 March 2013, 1.45CET
Match facts: PSG v Barcelona
PSG celebrate against St-Étienne ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Saturday 30 March 2013, 1.45CET

Match facts: PSG v Barcelona


UEFA Champions League statistics
• Carlo Ancelotti is only the second coach, after José Mourinho, to guide four different teams to the last eight of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals: AC Milan, Juventus, Chelsea FC and PSG.

• All of PSG's 17 UEFA Champions League goals have come from inside the area.

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

• Ibrahimović has set up five goals this season – including four on matchday four – the joint highest total along with Real Madrid CF's Ángel Di María.

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

• PSG have been caught offside 35 times, more than any other club in the competition.

• Marco Verratti returns from suspension and Ibrahimović is available after the two-match ban incurred by his first-leg dismissal against Valencia CF was reduced to one on appeal. Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva and Matuidi are within a booking of a ban.

• Friday's 1-0 defeat of Montpellier Hérault SC means PSG are 13 games unbeaten at home, winning 11 since a 2-1 defeat by Stade Rennais FC on 17 November.

• Kevin Gameiro's goal against Montpellier was his first in the league since 21 December. The striker has scored in six matches in 2012/13; PSG have won them all.

• Thiago Motta has made just one appearance since 27 January – the last-16 second leg against Valencia CF – because of a thigh injury.

• PSG will travel to Évian Thonon Gaillard FC in the French Cup quarter-finals on 17 April.

• David Beckham became the 400th player to represent PSG on 24 February, coming on as a substitute and helping set up Ibrahimović's goal that sealed a 2-0 league win against Olympique de Marseille.

• Midfielder Kingsley Coman made his debut in the 3-2 loss at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard on 17 February, becoming PSG's youngest ever top-flight player at 16 years and 249 days.

• Sirigu, rested for two cup games, went a club record 860 minutes without conceding from 4 December to 8 February.

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

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

• Last Thursday PSG overtook Marseille as the most popular Ligue 1 club on Facebook, with 2.3million 'likes', although they still have some way to go to reach Barcelona's total of 40 million.

International duty
• Eight PSG players were called up during the international break: Mamadou Sakho, Christophe Jallet, Matuidi, Jérémy Ménez (France), Thiago Silva (Brazil), Lavezzi (Argentina), Ibrahimović (Sweden) and Sirigu (Italy).

• Jallet and Matuidi started while Ménez came on as a substitute as France lost 1-0 to Spain in Saint-Denis last Tuesday, allowing the visitors to leapfrog them at the summit of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group I.


UEFA Champions League statistics
• Xavi Hernández has completed 856 passes to date, 391 more than any other player, despite sitting out matchday six. He has completed 89% of the passes he has attempted.

• Lionel Messi has scored 58 UEFA Champions League goals and is behind only Raúl González (71).

• Barcelona have enjoyed 69% of possession to date, completing 5,581 of their 6,640 attempted passes with an 84% success rate – all higher than any other side.

• Striker Pedro Rodríguez is banned for the first match in Paris after picking up his third yellow card of the UEFA Champions League campaign in the round of 16 second leg against AC Milan. Adriano, Alex Song and Javier Mascherano's next bookings will incur a suspension.

• Following his goal in Saturday's 2-2 draw at RC Celta de Vigo, Messi has scored in a record 19 consecutive Liga games for Barcelona, surpassing the previous mark of ten set by Mariano Martín (Barcelona, 1942/43-1943/44) and Ronaldo (Barcelona, 1996/97). He has also become the first player to score against every other Liga side consecutively.

• Víctor Valdés is serving 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.

• Carles Puyol has not featured since undergoing surgery on his right knee on 15 March, while Adriano has been out since suffering a hamstring tear on 17 March.

• Éric Abidal is back in training after a liver transplant on 10 April 2012 and featured in a friendly against French second-tier side FC Istres on 19 March. He was an unused substitute on Saturday.

• Tito Vilanova returned to Barcelona on Tuesday after two months in New York having cancer treatment. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy on a tumour in his saliva gland in December.

• Barcelona had conceded at least once in each of their last 13 games in all competitions, their worst ever sequence, before the 2-0 win against RC Deportivo La Coruña on 9 March.

• 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.

• Marc Muniesa damaged knee ligaments in pre-season and is not in the UEFA Champions League squad, though he returned to action in February.

International duty
• Barcelona had 14 players on senior duty during the recent international break: Valdés, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas, Sergio Busquets, David Villa, Pedro (Spain), Messi, Mascherano (Argentina), Alexis Sánchez (Chile), Song (Cameroon) and Daniel Alves (Brazil).

• Alba strained his right hamstring in Spain's 1-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw against Finland on 22 March and missed the trip to France four days later when Pedro scored the only goal of the game.

• Messi struck his 32nd international goal from the penalty spot as Argentina beat Venezuela 3-0 in Buenos Aires on 22 March.

• There were seven Barcelona players in Spain's Under-21 squad for friendly victories over Norway (5-2) and Russia (3-1): Cristian Tello, Marc Bartra, Martín Montoya, Thiago Alcántara, Gerard Deulofeu, Carles Planas and Muniesa. Tello scored twice against Norway and Alcántara registered in the Russia game. 

• Puyol won his 100th cap on 6 February as Spain beat Uruguay 3-1 in Doha.

Last updated: 31/03/13 21.24CET

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