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It was a lively return to competitive football on Saturday night for Barça. Four goals from Vidal, Braithwaite, Jordi Alba and Messi and all kinds of talking points. We’ve picked ten of the most standout stats for you here.
The seconds Barça needed to get off the mark. Arturo Vidal headed in Jordi Alba’s cross from the left and it was already 1-0 at the Visit Mallorca Stadium. That was Barça’s fastest goal since 23 January 2016, when Munir only needed 63 seconds to score against Malaga.
Starts for Ronald Araujo in the first team. Playing alongside Gerard Piqué in the middle of defence, it was the Uruguayan’s first appearance in the opening XI after coming on as a sub in another 4-0 win, against Sevilla at the Camp Nou on October 6.
Goals for Arturo Vidal this season, his highest tally in a blaugrana shirt and matching the seven he scored in the 2016/17 season playing for Bayern Munich.
Minutes it has taken Braithwaite to get his first goal for Barça. In his fourth game he found the net for the seventh time in total this season, counting the ones he got for Leganés too. Following on from Michael Laudrup and Allan Simonsen he is now the third Dane to have scored for the club.
Different goalscorers this season, with Braithwaite’s name added to those of Messi (25), Suárez & Griezmann (14), Vidal (7), Ansu Fati (5), Arthur (4), Lenglet (3), Busquets, Jordi Alba, De Jong & Carles Pérez (2), Piqué, Dembélé, Sergi Roberto & Junior Firpo (1).
Days since the last game involving Luis Suárez. The Uruguayan’s was last seen in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Atlético Madrid on January 9. He was out for five months with a meniscus injury, but the disruption to the fixture list means he won’t miss the rest of the season after all.
Ivan Rakitic’s games in blaugrana. He is the foreigner with the fourth most appearances for the team, and is fifth out of the players in the current squad.
Changes made by Quique Setién. The new league rules allow for two additional substitutions, and the Barça boss opted to make full use of them, sending on Rakitic, Suárez, Semedo, Arthur and Junior Firpo.
Messi’s league goals so far. He has 25 goals in all competitions and has either scored or assisted 15 of the team’s last 18 goals.
Weeks with Barça top of the table. Today’s win leaves the team on 61 points, and means they will stay in first place regardless of what Real Madrid do against Eibar tomorrow.
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