PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

FC Barcelona's win against Sporting Gijon (3-1) threw up some interesting stats:

- Xavi Hernandez has now broken his own personal league scoring record.  His goal against Sporting was his eighth so far, his best total since scoring seven in the 2007-08 season.

- Xavi tops the ranking in the major European leagues for completed passes in the opposing half 1,553.  Messi is second and Alves, fourth.

- Barça has the widest spread of goal scorers in La Liga – 14 different players from the senior squad plus Tello from the reserves.

- Andrés Iniesta has extended his unbeaten league run to 48 matches.  Only Butragueño with 50 has gone more consecutive league matches without losing.

- Javier Mascherano regained possession 12 times during match – more than any other player.

- Gerard Piqué is the first Barça player to be sent off in the Camp Nou since February 2010.