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Five key stats from Viktoria Plzen 2-4 Barcelona

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Barcelona drew curtains on their UEFA Champions League campaign for the 2022/23 season on Tuesday night with a 4-2 triumph over Viktoria Plzen.

Ferran Torres (2), Marcos Alonso and Pablo Torre scored for Xavi Hernandez’s side while Tomas Chory netted both the goals for the Czech Republic outfit in a fixture that had little consequences.

While Barça were able to salvage some pride and generate some winning momentum from the result, the performance was far from convincing on the night.

Indeed, as Xavi acknowledged after the game, the Catalan heavyweights gave their hosts way too many opportunities on Tuesday.

In total, Barcelona conceded 22 shots against Viktoria Plzen, more than in any other game this season in all competitions and their most in a Champions League match since August 2020 against Bayern Munich in Lisbon (26) when they lost 8-2.

With Viktoria scoring two goals, it also meant that for the first time in the 21st century, Barcelona let in two or more goals in three consecutive Champions League games. They had conceded three each in their last two matches vs Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

Barça’s poor run in the UEFA Champions League this season can be summed up by the fact that they shipped in 12+ goals in a Champions League group for just the second time ever after having done so in 1997.

The Catalans also conceded two or more goals in four different group matches for only the second time ever after 1997.

While they may have had some negatives in the game, there were some positives for Xavi & co. to celebrate as well.

For starters, Tuesday night’s game was the first time since July 2020 that prodigious forward Ansu Fati had played an entire match as he continues on his road to reach prime fitness after an injury-riddled couple of seasons.

The game was also a memorable one for youngster Pablo Torre as he scored his first goal for Barcelona on his first start since joining the club in the summer.

In the process, Torre (19 years and 212 days) became the second youngest Barça player to score on his first start in the Champions League, after Giovani dos Santos in December 2007 vs Stuttgart (18 years and 215 days).

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