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September 29, 2012 9:00 PM BST
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán — Sevilla
Referee:‬ Antonio Mateu‎
Attendance:‬ 40000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sevilla 2-3 Barcelona

Goal.com rates the players on show as David Villa sees the Catalans complete a stunning comeback from two goals down against the 10-man Rojiblancos

By Tom Webber

  • Andrés Palop
    16
    8
    3.00

    Andrés Palop

    Looked shaky at times with some poor kicking but made a great stop to deny Messi in the 13th minute. After being left with no chance by Fabregas' strike early in the second half, he denied Messi again on the hour mark but was beaten twice in the final quarter.

  • Fernando Navarro
    8
    6
    3.00

    Fernando Navarro

    The left-back had a solid night as he kept close tabs on Alexis throughout, limiting his involvement in the game. He refused to get drawn up the pitch during his side's attacks and will be ruing the late goals.

  • Emir Spahic
    12
    7
    3.00

    Emir Spahic

    The Bosnian kept Sevilla watertight until the later stages. He restricted the area that Messi could operate in but with 10 men for the final 20 minutes his defence were broken down and ended up with nothing.

  • Cicinho
    6
    10
    3.00

    Cicinho

    The Brazilian continued his decent start to his Sevilla career with another solid performance. He was perhaps beaten by Alba and Pedro a couple more times than he should have been in the second half, though.

  • Botía
    7
    10
    3.00

    Botía

    Provided a very strong presence in the heart of Sevilla's defence. He stayed tight alongside Spahic and used his physical advantage over the Barca attackers on every possible occasion.

  • Jesús Navas González
    11
    14
    2.50

    Jesús Navas González

    Did not do enough in the final third for his side but his pace limited the attacking impact of Jordi Alba in the first half. After the break he was hugely ineffectual, failing to track the left-back and offering nothing up front.

  • Gary Medel
    5
    16
    2.50

    Gary Medel

    Refused to allow the opposition any time on the ball, unsettling them as he charged around the park. He also had a hand in both of the goals for his side but a moment of madness saw him dismissed in the 72nd minute.

  • Ivan Rakitic
    13
    7
    3.00

    Ivan Rakitic

    The Croatian was hugely influential in behind Negredo as he pulled all the strings for Sevilla. His distribution was key to their dangerous counterattacks in what was a very impressive display.

  • Hedwiges Maduro
    6
    9
    3.00

    Hedwiges Maduro

    Had an excellent game as he disrupted the usually fluid play of Barcelona in the middle. He made a number of crucial interceptions, particularly his goal-line block to deny Messi in the first half, as well as some crunching tackles.

  • Piotr Trochowski
    12
    4
    3.50

    Piotr Trochowski

    Put in a very lively shift and frequently worried Alves. He did well to stay composed and drill the opening goal past Valdes but was withdrawn after 38 minutes having picked up a knock.

  • Negredo
    14
    5
    4.00

    Negredo

    Ensured that Song and Mascherano would not have an easy night by playing on their shoulder and testing their positioning. He showed immense composure to dink over Valdes early in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Luna
    2
    7

    Luna

    Replaced Negredo in the 81st minute and had no time to influence the match.

  • Geoffrey Kondogbia
    1
    8

    Geoffrey Kondogbia

    Came on for Rakitic with 15 minutes remaining but failed to impact on the game.

  • Manu Del Moral
    2
    11
    2.50

    Manu Del Moral

    Replaced Trochowski in the closing moments of the first half but was unable to match the German's influence. He did not do enough to test Alves defensively during his time on the pitch.

  • Víctor Valdés
    13
    21
    2.50

    Víctor Valdés

    Not the greatest of performances for the Barca keeper as he failed to keep out Trochowski's strike despite getting a hand to hand it. He was then embarrassed with a lovely goal from Negredo, though there was little he could do.

  • Daniel Alves
    24
    24
    3.50

    Daniel Alves

    Pushed forward regularly, and to great effect during the opening stages. However, he got caught out by Sevilla's swift breaks and he did not close Trochowski quick enough when he scored the hosts' first goal.

  • Jordi Alba
    33
    8
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    Found it difficult to get up and support Pedro in the first half as Navas would have been ready to exploit any slip-up. Became more adventurous after the break and his crosses were always a source of danger.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    71
    22
    4.00

    Cesc Fàbregas Top of the Match

    Pushed on when Messi dropped into the deeper areas and did so to good effect. Netted a wonderfully accurate strike soon after the break and brought his side level with another goal in the closing stages. His antics in getting Medel were sent off were unpleasant, but ultimately decisive.

  • Xavi
    37
    12
    3.50

    Xavi

    Looked extremely lively with some typically sumptuous passing and forward runs. However, his influence waned drastically after Sevilla took the lead and from then on he was more reserved, though still distributed well.

  • Javier Mascherano
    22
    17
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Was unfortunate that a deflection from him created the chance for Trochowski to open the scoring. Looked porous alongside Song but read the game well to limit the amount of space down the middle.

  • Busquets
    27
    22
    3.50

    Busquets

    Always made himself an option to play the ball to when his team-mates were in possession. His passing was exemplary in the first half but a misplaced ball enabled Sevilla to break and score through Negredo.

  • Alex Song
    35
    20
    2.50

    Alex Song

    Looked comfortable playing the ball about during the early exchanges but soon showed that the signs of a player out of position. Guilty of following the ball, he was out of position on the first goal before being too weak for the second.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    26
    35
    2.00

    Alexis Sánchez Flop of the Match

    Was in a bullish mood early on as his direct running and pace won his side a number of free kicks. He only threatened in the area sparsely with a single shot into the side netting the highlight of his game.

  • Lionel Messi
    61
    23
    3.00

    Lionel Messi

    The Argentine had a fairly average night until two late assists capped a decent night. Dropped off and linked the play well but should have got a goal before the break. Only denied by a brilliant Palop save in the second half.

  • Pedro
    36
    14
    3.00

    Pedro

    The winger had a good game as he ran the line well, especially linking up with Alba well in the second half. Saw a brilliant volley from the left-back's cross cleared off the line soon after Negredo's strike.

Substitutions

  • Thiago Alcántara
    25
    15
    3.00

    Thiago Alcántara

    Came on for Alexis in the 72nd minute and helped pin Sevilla back in their own half with some impressive distribution in the midfield.

  • David Villa
    63
    7
    3.50

    David Villa

    Replaced Alves in the 79th minute and netted the winner for his side after a great give-and-go with Messi.

  • Tello
    23
    16
    3.00

    Tello

    Had the Sevilla full-backs backtracking with his direct running but will be frustrated by his lacklustre final 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