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December 5, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ S. Moen‎
Attendance:‬ 50659‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 0-0 Benfica

Goal.com rates the players on show as the Eagles paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal at Camp Nou, missing out on a place in the last 16 of the Champions League

By Tom Webber

  • José Pinto Colorado
    39
    15
    4.00

    José Pinto Colorado

    Looked rocky when coming to claim the ball but he did make some vital saves to keep an impressive clean sheet. A strong hand to Lima's effort which turned the ball onto the post was his highlight.

  • Carles Puyol
    30
    15
    3.00

    Carles Puyol

    Knocked the ball about comfortably in the opening moments but things soon took a slight turn for the worse as he occasionally struggled to marshal a disorganised defence, thus offering Benfica a number of chances.

  • Montoya
    25
    13
    3.00

    Montoya

    Rarely got forward to assist the attack but still managed to afford Nolito too much space. He tightened things up in the second half but his lack of adventure left the Blaugrana with limited options in the final third.

  • Adriano
    28
    15
    3.00

    Adriano

    Played in the centre of defence and looked fairly solid if unspectacular, reading the play well and making some decent interceptions.

  • Planas
    21
    18
    3.00

    Planas

    Stood John up well early on but struggled to maintain his positioning as the game went on. He was regularly dragged into unfamiliar territory and he did not look particularly confident when tackling.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    36
    16
    3.00

    Thiago Alcántara

    Thiago showed moments of real class as he wriggled away from challenges with his wonderfully tight control. He kept things flowing in the middle of the park but never really secured control of the game.

  • Alex Song
    27
    25
    2.50

    Alex Song

    Took the ball from the centre-backs and distributed it simply to the more attack-minded players in the side. He made a number of strong tackles but, to be brutally honest, did not offer enough protection to his defence.

  • Sergi Roberto
    22
    15
    2.50

    Sergi Roberto

    Seemed to take a long time to get involved in the game but began to influence proceedings midway through the first half. He looked silky in possession and rarely gave the ball away to the opposition. Still, would have been hoping to make a better impression.

  • Rafinha
    24
    18
    3.00

    Rafinha

    Put in a lot of effort in for his side as he chased around the pitch to help out his team-mates. His influence in the final third was minimal, though, and he was withdrawn in the 58th minute.

  • David Villa
    29
    22
    2.50

    David Villa

    The striker was caught offside numerous times as he never seemed to time his runs correctly. He kept going and got a couple of chances after the break but did not take them before being forced onto the left when Messi entered the game.

  • Tello
    21
    26
    2.00

    Tello

    It proved to be a frustrating night for the young winger once more as a heavy touch saw him spurn a number of opportunities to hurt Benfica. He should have done better in the first half after Luisao's fumbled interception.

Substitutions

  • Piqué
    24
    15
    3.00

    Piqué

    Did not really seem to have any set role when he entered the fray in the 66th minute but added some solidity to the side defensively.

  • Lionel Messi
    88
    46
    3.00

    Lionel Messi

    Replaced Rafinha in the 58th minute but was unable to find his landmark 85th goal of 2012. It was not for the want of trying though, as a top save from Artur kept him out in the closing moments before he was forced off with a worrying injury.

  • Gerard Deulofeu
    31
    11
    2.50

    Gerard Deulofeu

    Looked very lively in the closing 10 minutes after coming on for Tello. He showed his excellent dribbling ability but could not put Benfica to the sword.

  • Artur
    24
    13
    4.00

    Artur Top of the Match

    The Brazilian was decisive and confident when called upon. He was not forced into a stretching save of note, but he was consistently solid throughout.

  • Luisao
    10
    6
    3.50

    Luisao

    The towering defender did well for the most part. He used his physique well to intimidate the opposition but at times looked a bit immobile. He was lucky that a failed interception was not capitalised on by Tello in the first half.

  • Maxi Pereira
    5
    14
    2.50

    Maxi Pereira Flop of the Match

    Picked his moments to get forward well but was unable to make anything happen. Defensively, he lost his temper quickly and allowed Tello to get the better of him a few too many times.

  • Ezequiel Garay
    9
    3
    3.50

    Ezequiel Garay

    The former Real Madrid man was clearly not intimidated by Camp Nou as he put in a stout defensive display. Barcelona were unable to break the back-line down and a decent goal-line clearance kept the hosts out.

  • L. Melgarejo
    4
    2
    3.50

    L. Melgarejo

    Was caught out of position early on as Montoya pushed forward. He barely ventured over the half-way line and did not offer the attacking outlet which has previously proved so effective. However, he was very solid at the back, playing a key role in Benfica's clean sheet.

  • Nemanja Matić
    9
    7
    3.00

    Nemanja Matić

    Patrolled the midfield well and limited the amount of supply from the centre of the park up to the Blaugrana front three. He put in some robust challenges and rarely neglected his post throughout.

  • André Gomes
    7
    1
    3.50

    André Gomes

    The youngster was competent in possession and used it well to feed the wide players. He helped to break up the play and ensured that Barcelona did not have total domination of the ball.

  • Nolito
    6
    3
    3.50

    Nolito

    Found plenty of space on the left and used it well to create some great chances for his side. He set Lima up twice with a couple of quality passes but the Brazilian was unable to convert. He fired just wide after the break, too.

  • Lima
    6
    6
    3.50

    Lima

    The Brazilian took a while to get into the game but managed to get in some impressive positions. However, he was unable to make them count as he sent a free header wide before having a shot tipped onto the post in the first half. Good performance, though.

  • Ola John
    13
    1
    3.50

    Ola John

    Played Rodrigo in on goal with a great pass early on but the Spaniard could not finish. John then suffered the same fate as he hit the side netting after beating Planas with ease. His pace and creativity caused Barca a number of problems.

  • Rodrigo
    5
    3
    3.00

    Rodrigo

    Should well have put his side ahead in the 12th minute but lacked the composure to find the net when one-on-one with Pinto. Impressed sporadically.

Substitutions

  • Bruno César
    3
    2
    3.00

    Bruno César

    Replaced Nolito in the 63rd minute but did not use his creativity to forge many more chances for his side.

  • André Almeida
    3
    2

    André Almeida

    Brought on for Rodrigo in the 74th minute but he was unable to influence the game.

  • Ó. Cardozo
    3
    5
    3.00

    Ó. Cardozo

    Came on for Lima late on but was not given any great service from his team-mates. He failed to bring the ball under control in the final minute of stoppage time and was unable to get a shot away.

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Striker
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10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
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8 2
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Striker
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Striker
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