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October 15, 2011 7:00 PM BST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Miguel Ayza‎
Attendance:‬ 78000‎
 
12′ Lionel Messi
 
28′ Xavi
 
69′ Lionel Messi
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 3-0 Racing Santander

Goal.com looks at the players on show as Pep Guardiola's men cruised to a comfortable win at Camp Nou on Saturday evening

By Luke Matthews

  • Víctor Valdés
    20
    5
    0.00

    Víctor Valdés

    The keeper who made a rare appearance for Spain in midweek had very little to do tonight. However, he remained sharp and did make a handful of solid, if comfortable, stops.

  • Maxwell
    15
    5
    0.00

    Maxwell

    Rare start for the Brazilian who was not tested defensively. He got forward well and was always on hand to provide another body in the Barcelona attack.

  • Carles Puyol
    18
    4
    0.00

    Carles Puyol

    Very little to do in defence as Racing rarely threatened. He used the ball well and came within inches of getting on the scoresheet when he somehow missed from a few yards out.

  • Piqué
    17
    4
    0.00

    Piqué

    The defender will be disappointed to have picked up an injury eight minutes into his 150th appearance for the club. Replaced by Abidal.

  • Daniel Alves
    22
    4
    0.00

    Daniel Alves

    Impressive from the Brazilian who made an excellent defensive header early on and was always looking to link up with the side's attacking players.

  • Xavi
    41
    4
    0.00

    Xavi

    A rare collector's item this evening when the midfielder scored with his head. His passing was, as usual, superb and he made more runs into the penalty area than usual.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    26
    4
    0.00

    Thiago Alcántara

    Decent from the young starlet who kept his passing simple, looking a better player for it. He was full of energy and was always looking for the ball.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    38
    7
    0.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Impressive return for the playmaker who has been out of action for a month. He linked up brilliantly with Messi and Xavi in particular and was unlucky not to grab a goal when his effort hit the post before Messi netted the rebound.

  • David Villa
    22
    4
    0.00

    David Villa

    He linked up brilliantly with Messi in the first-half and came close to scoring when he rounded the keeper. However, he was a little quiet in the second period as the match meandered to a close.

  • Lionel Messi
    83
    13
    0.00

    Lionel Messi Top of the Match

    Once again, the Argentine was in superb form and clearly the best player on the pitch. He took both goals well and showed some excellent individual pieces of skill to wow the crowd. A joy to watch.

  • Pedro
    30
    4
    0.00

    Pedro

    The winger had a very good outing. He played a great cross into the box for Xavi's goal and worked hard for the team, making sure he kept possession for his side.

Substitutions

  • Éric Abidal
    19
    5
    0.00

    Éric Abidal

    Replaced Pique on eight minutes and looked solid. He was untroubled defensively yet got the ball forward swiftly and nearly found the net with an ambitious overhead kick.

  • Seydou Keita
    19
    2
    0.00

    Seydou Keita

    Decent cameo from the reliable midfielder who helped his side to keep possession in the closing stages.

  • Adriano
    16
    3
    0.00

    Adriano

    Came on late in the game and showed some nice touches.

  • Toño
    1
    3
    0.00

    Toño

    The keeper could do very little with the Barcelona goals tonight and did make a few fairly decent saves in order to keep the score respectable for his side.

  • Francis
    2
    2
    0.00

    Francis

    Allowed Pedro to drift past him far too easily in the build-up to the Catalan club's second goal. Not a good performance at all from the right-back.

  • Álvaro
    1
    2
    0.00

    Álvaro

    Poor positioning tonight from the centre-half who really struggled to pick up the runs of Messi and Villa. The defender looked tired throughout the second half.

  • Bernardo Espinosa
    3
    2
    0.00

    Bernardo Espinosa

    The defender did make a few decent blocks and despite struggling with Barcelona's pace, he did stick to his task despite the seemingly futile task of stopping the champions.

  • Christian
    2
    3
    0.00

    Christian

    Horrible evening for the left-back who came up against Messi at his best. Looked dreadful in the build-up to Barca's first and really struggled to mark Messi and Co.

  • Jairo
    1
    2
    0.00

    Jairo

    One of Racing's bright sparks. The young attacking midfielder looked good in possession, even if it was a rare occurrence.

  • Alexandros Tziolis
    1
    2
    0.00

    Alexandros Tziolis

    The Greek midfielder worked hard in the middle throughout and made some decent challenges. Tired as the game went on and did not have the ability to compete with Xavi, Iniesta and Thiago.

  • Diop
    3
    3
    0.00

    Diop Flop of the Match

    Picked up a silly booking for a late lunge on Iniesta early on and this really affected his game as he allowed the Barcelona midfield to ghost past him too many times.

  • Adrián González
    2
    2
    0.00

    Adrián González

    Not a great performance from the former Real Madrid youth product who was anonymous for large spells of the game. He did not have the legs to turn defence into attack.

  • Mamadou Koné
    1
    2
    0.00

    Mamadou Koné

    The youngster was making his first appearance in the side's first-team tonight and was not given any service as he was often left isolated with Barcelona in control of the game.

  • Pedro Munitis Álvarez
    1
    2
    0.00

    Pedro Munitis Álvarez

    Average from the veteran who looked decent on the ball yet struggled to get into the game due to Barcelona's dominance.

Substitutions

  • Arana
    0
    2
    0.00

    Arana

    Replaced Kone for the closing stages and did little to stamp his authority on the game.

  • Edu Bedia
    0
    2
    0.00

    Edu Bedia

    Worked hard when introduced for the final 35 minutes, making sure he got in the faces of the Barcelona midfield.

  • Torrejón
    0
    1
    0.00

    Torrejón

    The former Espanyol player came on late in the game to a chorus of boos. Hardly touched the ball.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0