Amsterdam victory in numbers

Amsterdam victory in numbers

Messi equalling the all-time Champions League goalscoring record grabbed all the headlines in Amsterdam. Here's a look at some of the other stories behind Wednesday night's stats.

- Messi’s two goals against Ajax equalled Raúl’s all-time Champions League record of 71.

- Barça had twice as many shots as Ajax. The Dutch had seven (one on target and one hit the woodwork), while Barça had 14, eight of which were on target.

- Barça got three yellow cards, all in the first half.

- After four games, Barça are through to the second round with two more games in hand. Paris Saint-Germain also secured qualification by beating Apoel.

- Only three players started last night’s match that also started last year’s UCL fixture at the Amsterdam Arena, namely Xavi, Neymar and Mascherano.

- Xavi covered the most ground against Ajax, 11,195 metres. He was followed by Sergio Busquets with 11,032 and Luis Suárez with 10,605.

- Barça have set a new record for Champions League away wins, with 41, thus surpassing the 40 wins for Real Madrid and Manchester United.

- Last night, the Amsterdam Arena witnessed Barça’s first win in Holland of the Champions League era.

- Barça have not failed to make it through the group stages of the Champions League since 2000/01. That’s fifteen consecutive seasons.

- Xavi made his 150th Championjs League appearance, including qualifying matches.

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