PREVIEW: Spain – Netherlands full size World Cup preview

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RECORD: Xavi, Messi set records as Barça advance

FOOTBALL – FC Barcelona join Arsenal (10 and running) and Real Madrid (16-running) as the only clubs to reach the CL KO stages in 10+ seasons in a row. From the 15 times that FC Barcelona advanced from the (first) group phase, they have done so with at least one matchday to spare on 12 occasions. They secured progress six times on Matchday 4, six times on Matchday 5 and three times on Matchday 6. 

Xavi set an all-time CL record with his 80th victory in the competition, surpassing Raúl on 79.

Lionel Messi netted his seventh CL goal against Milan equalling Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for most against specific opponents (seven against Ajax). Later, Messi would improve this record to eight.

Messi also extended the record for most CL matches with multiple goals, to 18.

REVIEW: Xavi equals Raul on most wins in CL

FOOTBALL – Xavi captained Barcelona to 1-0 away win at Celtic to record his 79th win in the CL, equalling Raul’s record for most wins.

> Xavi reached 79 wins in his 133rd CL match. He can surpass Raul in the next round against AC Milan.

> Barcelona claimed their 39th away win the CL, equal most with Man United, who are playing away at Shakhtar on Wednesday.

> Milan’s Mario Balotelli scored a 94’ equaliser against Ajax (1-1). It was the 5th time in a row for Balotelli that he scored the 2nd goal of the match.

> Chelsea welcomed an own goal for the 7th time in the CL. Only Real (11) and Bayern (8) enjoyed more own goals from opponents.

> Atletico Madrid came from behind to win at Porto for the 2nd time in their CL history. They also won at Dortmund (2-1 away) after trailing by a goal in 1996.

IN THE NEWS – Who is La Liga’s premier provider?

FOOTBALL – We understand how much attention Xavi and Andrés Iniesta are receiving for being among the world’s best passers and providers. But the overlord of La Liga assists is someone that we have not seen for a while. Want to know who that is?

Did you know Ángel Di María has more assists than Xavi and Iniesta combined despite playing 29 games less than both of them together in La Liga? Di Maria has provided 13 assists in 15 league matches; 3 as a sub. Iniesta has provided 6 assists in 20 league matches, 4 as a sub. Xavi has also provided 6 assists in 24 league matches, 2 as a sub. 

This stat provided to us by Waleed Abu Nada. You can find him on Twitter (@waleedabunada). Waleed is a talented young journalist from Jordan, who has made his acquaintance with us just recently. We like his work. We would like to show here that we as much invite you to create bite size stats, as we invite people from the community to provided detailed analysis. There is a little something for everything.Thanks all for sharing.