On February 14, it will be a year since Barcelona conceded a penalty in LaLiga, the last coming on matchday 24 of 2015/16 against Celta Vigo.

Canarian referee Hernandez Hernandez pointed to the spot after Jordi Alba fouled John Guidetti, and though the visitors equalised on the day their joy was short-lived as the Catalans would end up winning 6-1.

Since that day, Barcelona have played 36 league games without another penalty being given against them, although there have been three in other competitions.

The first came in the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla, the second in Champions League against Celtic and the third last Tuesday in the Copa del Rey against Atletico Madrid.

Curiously, none of the three ended with a goal.

Only one team in the main European leagues, Borussia Dortmund, has gone longer than Barcelona without conceding a spot-kick – Schalke on February 10, 2016, was the last time Dortmund’s keeper had to face a shot from the 12-yard mark.

The team who is the most punished in LaLiga this season is Valencia.

Los Che have already had eight penalties against them but, thanks to the success of goalkeeper Diego Alves, only three have been scored.

Real Madrid have conceded three in the league and six in total, and in all five major leagues there are just five teams that haven’t had to face up to a spot-kick during this campaign.

Alongside Barcelona and Dortmund are Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and Espanyol.

In the Premier League, Serie A and Ligue 1, every team has conceded at least one spot-kick.


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