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Match facts: Celtic v Barcelona

Published: Saturday 28 September 2013, 2.45CET
Match facts: Celtic v Barcelona
Tony Watt scores in Celtic's victory over Barcelona last season ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Saturday 28 September 2013, 2.45CET

Match facts: Celtic v Barcelona

Celtic

UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Celtic have scored 449 goals in UEFA competition, conceding 296.

• The Scottish side's next draw in Europe will be their 50th; the next defeat will be their 100th.

Summer transfers
• In: Baldé (Vitória SC), Virgil van Dijk (FC Groningen), Steven Mouyokolo (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Derk Boerrigter (AFC Ajax), Nir Biton (FC Ashdod), Teemu Pukki (FC Schalke 04).

• Out: Victor Wanyama (Southampton FC), Gary Hooper (Norwich City FC), Kelvin Wilson (Nottingham Forest FC), Pat McCourt (released), Thomas Rogne (Wigan Athletic FC), Lassad Nouioui (released), Tony Watt (K. Lierse SK, loan).

General information
• Giorgos Samaras struck his first hat-trick in three years and Baldé notched his first for the club as Celtic won 5-2 at Kilmarnock FC on Saturday. Adam Matthews was withdrawn five minutes before half-time due to illness.

• Celtic suffered their first domestic defeat of the season on 24 September when they were knocked out of the Scottish League Cup by second-tier Greenock Morton FC after a penalty in the first period of extra time. The League Cup is the only domestic trophy to elude Neil Lennon since taking over as manager in 2010.

• Pukki scored 12 minutes after coming on for his club debut in the 14 September 3-1 win at Heart of Midlothian FC and struck on his first start at Celtic Park a week later in a 2-1 victory over Saint Johnstone FC.

• Biton made his first domestic appearance against St Johnstone having made his Celtic debut as a second-half substitute in Celtic's 2-0 defeat to AC Milan on matchday one.

• Mouyokolo is set to miss the entire group stage after rupturing his Achilles in training before matchday one.

• Lennon last season joined Jock Stein and Billy McNeill as only the third man in Celtic's history to win the league and cup double both as a player and manager.

• Celtic's oldest former player Bill Boland passed away on 23 September aged 93.

Barcelona

UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Lionel Messi's matchday one treble against AFC Ajax made him the first player to score four hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League. Mario Gomez and Filippo Inzaghi had previously matched the Argentinian with three.

• Last season the Blaugrana made a sixth consecutive appearance in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, a tournament record. The 7-0 aggregate defeat by FC Bayern München represented Barça's heaviest aggregate loss in UEFA club competition.

• Messi has scored 62 UEFA Champions League goals and is behind only Raúl González (71).

Summer transfers
• In: Neymar (FC Santos).

• Out: Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München), David Villa (Club Atlético de Madrid), Éric Abidal (AS Monaco FC), Marc Muniesa (Stoke City FC), Andreu Fontás (RC Celta de Vigo), Rafinha (RC Celta de Vigo, loan), Bojan Krkić (AFC Ajax, loan), Gerard Deulofeu (Everton FC, loan).

General information
• Pedro Rodríguez hit his first hat-trick for Barça in the 4-0 win at Rayo Vallecano de Madrid on 21 September. 

• Saturday's 2-0 victory at UD Almería was Barça's seventh straight Liga win, a first for the club at the beginning of a campaign. Gerardo Martino therefore eclipses James Bellamy (1929/30), Johan Cruyff (1990/91), Louis van Gaal (1997/98), Josep Guardiola (2009/10) and Tito Vilanova (2012/13), who all oversaw six in a row. Real Madrid CF hold the record for consecutive victories at the beginning of a season with nine, in 1968/69.

• Messi's hat-trick against Ajax was his 24th for Barcelona. He struck again at the weekend but was quickly withdrawn with a hamstring injury that has ruled him out of the trip to Glasgow.

• Despite a hamstring injury towards the end, Messi contributed 46 of Barça's club record 115 Liga goals last term and became the first player to score against every opponent in the division consecutively.

• Carles Puyol and Isaac Cuenca had knee surgery this summer; Jordi Alba tore his right hamstring on 14 September.

Last updated: 29/09/13 22.15CET

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