Eleven stats from first eleven games in La Liga

Sergi Roberto leads the Barça first team in passes this season / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
After beating Villarreal, FC Barcelona go into the Clásico top of the table with 27 points, three more than opponents Real Madrid

After the defeat of Villarreal at the Camp Nou, Barça lead the First Division table on points for the first time this season. They have won nine and lost two games, with no draws in the first eleven fixtures.


Luis Enrique has used 22 different players in La Liga this season. Goalkeeper Jordi Masip is the only first team player that has yet to feature, apart from Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal who will not be cleared to play until after the Christmas break. Gerard Gumbau of Barça B has also played a part.


Sergio Busquets is the only player to have appeared in every game so far, totalling 902 minutes. That’s marginally more than Luis Suárez, who has played 900 minutes but didn’t play in the game with Levante.


Neymar Jr is the top scorer so far with eleven goals, not just for the team but in the competition as a whole. Luis Suárez is second in the race for the ‘Pichichi’ award with nine goals. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Agirretxe (Real Sociedad) and Javi Guerra (Rayo) have eight each.


The famous ‘trident’ of Neymar Jr, Luis Suárez and Leo Messi are at it again, having shared a massive 23 of the 25 Liga goals scored so far by the team. Two defenders, Marc Bartra and Thomas Vermaelen, got the other two.


Of those 25 goals, 14 have been right-footers, nine have been left-footers and the other two were headers.


Barça’s most dangerous period so far has been the first quarter of the second half, when eight of their goals have been scored.


Sergi Roberto, Luis Suárez and Neymar Jr lead the team in assists with three each.


FC Barcelona is the only Liga team to have kept a one hundred per record at home. That’s six wins out of six so far.


It’s nothing new, but Barça is once again the team that has made the most passes in the competition, 6,680. That’s an average of 607 a game. Midfield maestro Sergio Busquets leads the team in this category, with 666 passes in 11 games.


Thomas Vermaelen has the highest percentage of completed passes, with a huge 92.81% accuracy rate. But the Belgian has achieved this in just three matches, while Javier Mascherano has a rate of 90.89% after eight appearances.

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Argentina and Brazil draw 1-1 at the Monumental

Lucas Lima and Neymar celebrate Brazil's equaliser / FIFA.COM
Dani Alves involved in Brazil’s equaliser, with Mascherano and Neymar Jr also featuring in the World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires

Argentina and Brazil drew 1-1 in Friday night’s 2018 World Cup qualifier, which kicked off 24 hours later than scheduled after originally being suspended due to a waterlogged pitch. Javier Mascherano played all ninety minutes in the centre of Tata Martino’s midfield, while Barça’s Brazilian duo of Neymar Jr and Dani Alves also played the full match at the Monumental in Buenos Aires.

Despite missing star player Leo Messi through injury, 2014 finalists Argentina were by far the more attack-minded side in the first half, and thoroughly deserved their 1-0 lead when PSG striker Ezequiel Lavezzi converted a Higuain assist after 34 minutes.

The second half followed a similar script, but after 58 minutes Brazil drew level. Dani Alves floated in a cross that substitute Douglas Costa headed onto the crossbar, but Lucas Lima was well-placed to meet the rebound and slam the ball home.

The goal suddenly brought Brazil back to life, and Neymar, who had had a quiet game up to that point, almost added to Argentina’s misery late in the game. Brazil had David Luiz sent off for two yellow card offences in the space of two minutes, but even so there was no way back for Argentina, and with just two points from their first three games they are now second to last in the ten-team CONMEBOL qualifying group.

Argentina now face a difficult trip to Colombia on November 17. Meanwhile, Brazil, who now have four points in their own account, will next play at home to Peru, who beat Paraguay 1-0 in Friday’s other South American qualifier.

Three wins out of three for FC Barcelona's European internationals

Five Barça players were in the starting line-up for Spain / FIFA.COM
Piqué, Bartra, Alba, Sergio and Iniesta help Spain to win 2-0 win against England, Arda Turan scores as Turkey beat Qatar and Belgium beat Italy although Vermaelen doesn’t feature

Friday was a very productive evening indeed for Barça’s European players that were involved in international friendlies. Spain, Turkey and Belgium all collected wins against England, Qatar and Italy respectively.

Vicente del Bosque started all of Gerard Piqué, Marc Bartra, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta in Spain’s friendly against fellow Euro 2016 finalists England at the José Rico Pérez in Alicante.

After the first half ended without score, Villarreal full-back Mario Gaspar finally broke the deadlock after 72 minutes. Twelve minutes later, Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla extended that lead to 2-0. Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba both had chances to get their names on the scoresheet too, but were denied by a couple of fine interventions from Joe Hart.

Arda Turan on target

With his chance to finally make his debut for Barça on the horizon, Arda Turan got some valuable match practice in Turkey’s 2-1 win over Qatar in Doha. The home side led until the 70th minute thanks to a goal from Ali Assadalla, whereupon Arda Turan himself got his side back on level terms and just three minutes later Tosun secured the win.

It was also a fine evening for Belgium, who beat four time world champions Italy 3-1, although Barça’s Thomas Vermaelen was left on the bench throughout. Candreva put the Italians ahead after just three minutes, but goals from Vertonghen, De Bruyne and Batshuay eventually secured the win for the home side.