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November 20, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
Olimpiyskiy stadion Luzhniki — Moskva
Referee:‬ I. Bebek‎
Attendance:‬ 67325‎
 
 
Daniel Alves 16′
 
Lionel Messi 27′
 
Lionel Messi 39′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Spartak Moscow 0-3 Barcelona

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at the Luzhniki Stadium as Lionel Messi struck twice to lead the Blaugrana into the knockout stages of the Champions League

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Andrey Dykan
    2
    3
    2.50

    Andrey Dykan

    Patched up just in time to avert a goalkeeping crisis for the hosts and had he not been on form, Barca could have easily doubled their tally. A string of saves preserved a modicum of respectability to the scoreline.

  • Juan Manuel Insaurralde
    3
    3
    2.50

    Juan Manuel Insaurralde

    Left on his backside as Messi broke through to score his second, and really, it summed up his night. Barca simply had too much quality up front for him to deal with.

  • Marek Suchy
    1
    4
    2.00

    Marek Suchy

    Left for dead often by the Barca attack and missed a glorious chance on the other end of the field that could have made it 1-1.

  • Evgeniy Makeev
    0
    4
    2.50

    Evgeniy Makeev

    Tortured by Iniesta on more than one occasion as the diminutive Spaniard pulled him in two different directions with his quick feet. Struggled throughout.

  • Rafael Carioca
    2
    4
    2.00

    Rafael Carioca Flop of the Match

    Left chasing shadows time and time again by the dynamism of the Barca midfield. Simply unable to keep up.

  • Kirill Kombarov
    0
    5
    2.50

    Kirill Kombarov

    Like Makeev on the opposite flank, Barca's wide players were able to get past him too easily. Unconvincing at best.

  • Jurado
    5
    3
    3.00

    Jurado

    Lively during the opening stages, but as the game wore on and Barca began to exert their dominance, he faded rather badly and failed to make a difference in attack.

  • Kim Källström
    5
    3
    3.00

    Kim Källström

    Offered his side some moments of energy in midfield, as he worked hard off the ball and was always willing to get forward in support. Try as he might, though, the rest of the team simply were not up to scratch.

  • Dmitriy Kombarov
    3
    3
    3.00

    Dmitriy Kombarov

    Blew the first chance of the game with a wild shot over the bar from close range. Played in Emenike for another opportunity with a fine cross, but the moments of quality were few and far between.

  • Ari
    2
    4
    2.50

    Ari

    Apart from one or two bursts through the middle that led to nothing, Ari was rather flat and offered his team little in the attacking third - in stark contrast to his performance in the reverse fixture at Camp Nou.

  • Emenike
    5
    5
    3.00

    Emenike

    A few positive moments in the first half, as he set up a good chance for Suchy with a cross, but spurned an opening of his own from close range before drifting from the game, and eventually departing it.

Substitutions

  • Sergey Bryzgalov
    2
    3
    3.00

    Sergey Bryzgalov

    Solid in defence after coming off the bench.

  • Zhano Ananidze
    1
    5
    2.50

    Zhano Ananidze

    Unable to stem the tide in midfield.

  • Welliton
    4
    3
    3.00

    Welliton

    Willing to run in behind the backline, but being involved in a bizarre collision with Valdes was his most notable contribution.

  • Víctor Valdés
    34
    3
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Was as comfortable as he looked in his snood, as Spartak simply could not find the target to test him seriously on their few openings.

  • Daniel Alves
    50
    3
    4.00

    Daniel Alves

    Looked refreshed on his return to the starting line-up and constantly got himself in advanced positions to support the attack. Opened the scoring with a fine half-volley from the edge of the box. He did leave a few gaps defensively, though.

  • Piqué
    45
    2
    4.00

    Piqué

    Caught out for pace on one or two occasions but, otherwise, he was a figure of calm at the back, stopping a number of promising attacks in their tracks.

  • Jordi Alba
    40
    5
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    As ever, Alba got forward well and pushed into advanced positions on the left to stretch the defence. One or two gaps were to be found at times when he was slow in recovering his defensive position, but usually tracked back fairly well.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    43
    3
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Though not as dynamic as Xavi or Iniesta, Fabregas still was tidy in possession and an effective cog in the Barca midfield when going forward. His team could have done with a little more tracking back from him, though, as there was a lot of space at times in midfield.

  • Xavi
    53
    2
    3.50

    Xavi

    Absolutely in control in the middle of the park, as his vision and passing simply could not be matched by his Spartak counterparts. Played a key role in facilitating a number of Barcelona attacks.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    54
    2
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Made a few Spartak defenders look like amateurs with some impossibly swift dribbles in tight spots. As ever, he was a nightmare to pick up as he adopted elusive positions just in front of the defence.

  • Javier Mascherano
    46
    3
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Put in a superb last-ditch tackle to halt Ari from having a clear run on goal, and his mobility at the back was key in stopping Spartak, who attempted to stretch the play whenever they attacked.

  • Busquets
    40
    4
    3.50

    Busquets

    Failed to protect the midfield effectively on a few occasions in the first half as Spartak found huge gaps in the center of the park to advance through, but solidified admirably after the break, and broke up a number of attacks in the second period.

  • Lionel Messi
    138
    11
    4.50

    Lionel Messi Top of the Match

    Involved in everything good in the attacking third for the home side, scoring twice in the first half - first from a rebound then after rounding Dykan with ease. Head and shoulders above every other player on the pitch - another day at the office for Messi.

  • Pedro
    54
    3
    4.00

    Pedro

    Extremely productive in attack, as he created a lot of danger, both by his ability on the ball and his willingness to work the channels and find space. Set up Messi's second goal with a perfect through-ball. The only thing missing from his performance was a goal.

Substitutions

  • Montoya
    23
    1
    3.00

    Montoya

    Spent most of his time pushed high up the field as Spartak had abandoned their attacking plans by the time he made his appearance.

  • Alex Song
    25
    7
    3.00

    Alex Song

    Not much to do defensively in his spell on the field.

  • Gerard Deulofeu
    28
    1
    3.00

    Gerard Deulofeu

    Good run out for the youngster in a comfortable situation.

Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2