Three Champions League debuts
Now fewer than three Barça B players made their Champions League debuts against Rubin Kazann namely Bartra, Fontàs and Thiago. Here are some other curiosities surrounding the 2-0 win.
► Of the three debutants, just Thiago and Fontàs started. Bartra came on for Bojan in the
► Jonathan dos Santos already played a few minutes in the Champions League at the end
of the 2-0 match with Inter last year. But this was the Mexican’s first European start.
► Víctor Vázquez, scorer of the second goal last night, also had prior experience in
the Champions. That came against Shakhtar Donetsk (2-3), in the 2008/09 season.
► Last night’s other scorer, Andreu Fontàs, got his first goal for the first
team. He had played five games to date.
► In total, as many as ten reserves turned out against Rubin Kazan.
► Pinto, coming off a two-match suspension, played his second Champions League match on
Tuesday. He has yet to concede a goal and this season, in his four appearances, Barcelona have won.
► Busquets played the whole game at centre back and was the player who recovered the
most balls (15).
► Gerard Piqué is the only Barça player who has started
every match in the Champions League group stage.
► The team has now gone two games without getting any cards, and against Rubin Kazan,
Barça only committed three fouls.
► It is now five games since Barcelona conceded a goal. The last was Nilmar’s for