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Rupert Wyman 25th May 2009 - 11:51

Champions League final: Opta Facts

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Champions League Final Opta Facts – Manchester United v Barcelona

  • Of the previous three finals to be held in the Stadio Olimpico, two have been won by English sides (both Liverpool) and two have needed penalties to find a winner, including one of Liverpool's wins.
  • Four of the last seven finals have ended in penalty shootouts.
  • The last three Champions League finals have been lost by an English side.
  • This will be United’s fifth final and their fourth in the Champions League/European Cup. The Red Devils have won all of their previous finals - 4-1 v Benfica in 1967/68, 2-1 v Barcelona in 1990/91 (CWC), 2-1 v Bayern in 1998/99 and they won on penalties against Chelsea last term following a 1-1 draw.
  • Barcelona have played in five Champions League/European Cup finals prior to this match – winning twice and losing on three occasions.
  • The last time that Barcelona reached a Champions League final, they defeated an English side (Arsenal) to lift the trophy.
  • These two sides have met on nine previous occasions, with United managing three wins to Barcelona’s two.
  • They have met in one final prior to this game, in 1990/91 when United defeated Barcelona 2-1 in the Cup Winners Cup Final.
  • These two sides came face to face in last season’s Champions League semi-final. United prevailed 1-0 on aggregate thanks to a Paul Scholes goal in the second leg at Old Trafford.
  • Barcelona have only managed to win once in their last eight Champions League fixtures against an English side.
  • The Catalan side have scored just one goal in their last four European games against a team from England.
  • United are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League meetings with Spanish sides.
  • In their last six games against a side from Spain in the Champions League, they have only scored one goal, but have kept a clean sheet in each match.
  • Manchester United are currently on an all-time record 25 game unbeaten run in the Champions League.
  • Barcelona are six games unbeaten in Europe, but have lost once in the Champions League already this season – 3-2 v Shakthar Donetsk (H).
  • United have kept a clean sheet in 13 of their last 18 Champions League matches.
  • Lionel Messi is the leading scorer in this season's Champions League, with eight goals to his name.
  • Edwin Van der Sar has kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Champions League this season – seven.

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