Match facts: Barcelona v Milan

Lionel Messi scored twice Barcelona's 5-0 Liga win against Villarreal
Lionel Messi scored twice Barcelona's 5-0 Liga win against Villarreal ©Getty Images


UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• None

Latest domestic information
Saturday 10 September: Real Sociedad de Fútbol 2-2 FC Barcelona (Agirretxe 59, Griezmann 60; Xavi 10,
Fàbregas 11)
Valdés; Alves, Busquets, Fontàs (Iniesta 80), Adriano; Thiago Alcántara (Messi 63), Xavi, Keita; Pedro, Alexis Sánchez (Villa 32), Fàbregas

• Barcelona, who won their first ten Liga away games last term, were held in their first league trip of the season.

• Víctor Valdés made his 411th appearance for Barcelona to surpass Andoni Zubizarreta's club record.

• Cesc Fàbregas scored his fourth goal in as many games for club and country against Real Sociedad.

• After the first round of games was postponed due to a players' strike, Josep Guardiola's men started their Liga defence with a 5-0 win against Villarreal CF on 29 August.

• Barcelona have already collected two trophies this season, beating FC Porto 2-0 in the UEFA Super Cup on 26 August having already wrapped up a 5-4 aggregate victory over Real Madrid CF in the Spanish Super Cup.

• Lionel Messi has scored five goals in four outings for the Blaugrana this term; he found the net 53 times last season.

• Guardiola has now led Barça to 12 titles – one more than Johan Cruyff's haul between 1988 and 1996. Xavi Hernández has won more trophies (18) than any player in the club's history.

Injury news
• Carles Puyol, who had knee surgery on 1 June, returned to the reckoning as an unused substitute on Saturday.

• Adriano started against Real Sociedad after recovering from the left thigh strain he suffered during the UEFA Super Cup triumph over Porto.

• Alexis Sánchez went off with a torn hamstring in San Sebastian.

• Gerard Piqué has not featured since tearing his calf in training on 23 August. Ibrahim Afellay has not played since tearing his thigh during a 2-1 friendly defeat by Manchester United FC on 30 July.

• Maxwell returned to training on 20 August after suffering a stomach muscle strain during pre-season.

Summer transfers
Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal FC)
Alexis Sánchez (Udinese Calcio)

Gabriel Milito (CA Independiente)
Bojan Krkić (AS Roma)
Jeffrén Suárez (Sporting Clube de Portugal)
Oriol Romeu (Chelsea FC)
Víctor Sánchez (Neuchâtel Xamax FC)
Nolito (SL Benfica)
Martín Cáceres (Sevilla FC)
Henrique (SE Palmeiras, loan)
Keirrison (Cruzeiro EC, loan)
Aleksandr Hleb (VfL Wolfsburg, loan)

International duty
• Xavi scored one and David Villa two as Spain clinched UEFA EURO 2012 qualification with a 6-0 win against Liechtenstein on 6 September.

• The Liechtenstein win was Xavi's 103rd international appearance, taking him past Raúl González as the country's most-capped outfield player. The 31-year-old is bettered only by Iker Casillas (124) and Zubizarreta (126).

• Substitutes Fàbregas (2) and Andrés Iniesta scored as Spain came from two down to beat Chile 3-2 on 2 September.

• Thiago, Martín Montoya and Rubén Miño were all part of the Spain squad that won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship over the summer.

• Messi won the inaugural UEFA Best Player in Europe Award in Monaco on 25 August, with Xavi second.


UEFA milestones
• Milan have scored 195 goals in the UEFA Champions League, and conceded 197 in the European Cup.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Gennaro Gattuso is serving a four-game ban while Philippe Mexès is suspended on matchday one.

Latest domestic information
Friday 9 September: AC Milan 2-2 S.S. Lazio (Ibrahimović 29, Cassano 33; Klose 12, Cissé 21)
Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Gattuso (Van Bommel 20), Ambrosini, Aquilani (Nocerino 68); Boateng (Pato 76); Cassano, Ibrahimović

• Antonio Cassano scored one, created the other and also hit a post as Milan recovered from 2-0 down at San Siro.

• Milan stretched their unbeaten run to nine Serie A games, dating back to March's 1-0 loss at US Città di Palermo.

• Alberto Aquilani and Antonio Nocerino made their debuts for the Rossoneri.

• Milan have now started their last three seasons as Serie A champions with a 2-2 draw, following stalemates against US Lecce (1999/2000) and AS Livorno Calcio (2004/05).

• The opening weekend of the season – and Milan's trip to Cagliari Calcio – was postponed due to a players' strike.

Injury news
• Gattuso was substituted on Friday after an aerial collision with Alessandro Nesta, but tests cleared the midfielder of any head injury.

• Mathieu Flamini will miss the group stage after undergoing knee surgery at the end of August. The France midfielder damaged his cruciate ligament in a 2-1 pre-season friendly victory against Juventus on 21 August.

• New signing Taye Taiwo suffered an ankle injury in the same game and has not featured since.

Summer transfers
Philippe Mexès (AS Roma)
Taye Taiwo (Olympique de Marseille)
Stephan El Shaarawy (Genoa CFC)
Antonio Nocerino (US Città di Palermo)
Alberto Aquilani (Liverpool FC, loan)

Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Genoa CFC)
Alexander Merkel (Genoa CFC)
Marek Jankulovski (released)
Nicola Legrottaglie (released)
Massimo Oddo (US Lecce, loan)
Dídac Vilà (RCD Espanyol, loan)

International duty
• Cassano struck the only goal – his fourth in seven qualifiers – as Italy beat the Faroe Islands on 2 September. He started again four days later as a 1-0 victory over Slovenia sealed the Azzurri's UEFA EURO 2012 spot.

• Thiago Silva, Filippo Inzaghi, Massimo Ambrosini, Clarence Seedorf and Nesta signed new deals over the summer.