Champions League: Stats and Facts From Barcelona's 3-1 Win Over Napoli Include Two Major Lionel Messi Achievements

Mudeet Arora
Aug 9, 2020, 3:27 AM GMT+5:30
Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique
Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique / David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a relatively comfortable 3-1 victory over Italian giants Napoli on Saturday evening.

Barça started nervously, but their opening goal set the tone for the game, as they ripped I Partenopei apart over the next 45 minutes. It was a superb first-half display from la Blaugrana, and despite a shaky second half of the season, they are now only three games away from European glory.

Here are some of the major stats and facts from the game as well as an update on a record Lionel Messi is chasing.

Stat courtesy: Opta

- Barcelona are unbeaten in 36 consecutive home Champions League matches (W32 D4) – in Champions League/European Cup history, only Bayern Munich’s 43-game run between 1969 and 1991 is longer.

- Napoli have been eliminated on all three occasions that they have reached the Champions League last 16, despite scoring at least once in all six games in those ties.

- This was Barcelona’s first victory against Napoli in the Champions League; Napoli are the 57th different side they have beaten in the competition, with only Real Madrid (58) defeating more teams.

- The combined passing accuracy between both sides in this game was 91%; since full passing data is first available for the Champions League (2003-04), this is the highest passing accuracy for any game in the competition.

- Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has now scored against 35 different opponents in the Champions League, two more than any other player (Cristiano Ronaldo, 33).

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- Barcelona have qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals for the 13th consecutive campaign - no other side has ever done so in more than eight seasons running.

- Clement Lenglet became the 83rd different player to score for Barcelona in the Champions League (excluding own goals) - they have had more unique goalscorers than any other side in the competition's history.

- Each of Luis Suárez’s last 16 goals in the Champions League have been scored at home; the Barcelona striker’s last away goal in the competition was in 2015 versus Roma.

- Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has been directly involved in 12 goals (nine goals & three assists) in his last six Champions League knockout stage games at Camp Nou.