Remained solid throughout the match but still looks slightly shaky with the ball at his feet.
Remained solid in the Barcelona midfield throughout but the highlight of his match was a very silly yellow card that will rule him out of El Clasico next weekend.
Good running down the left wing well as usual but a lack of quality in his final ball often broke down Barcelona attacks.
Was unable to venture forward as much as was often employed as a sweeper in order to deal with the attacking pace of Crusat and Piatti but managed to deal with them well.
Relished having Xavi back on the field and was as eager as ever to make the run around the opposition left back and into the penalty area. Effectively linked up with the Barcelona front three when coming in field.
Was calm when in possession of the ball but looked on his heels whenever dealing with the attacking pace of Crusat and Piatti. He was eventually sacrificed for an attacking player in the 55th minute.
Dictated the game in the midfield area from start to finish, but found it harder than usual to penetrate a fairly sturdy Almeria defensive unit.
Does not look the same player when stuck out on the left hand side, struggled to affect the game and a string of stray passes was topped off when he was robbed of the ball in midfield which allowed Almeria to grab their goal on the counter attack.
Looked better with Xavi at his side, which enabled him to act as an effective attacking midfielder and linked up well with David Villa and Lionel Messi around the Almeria penalty box. Showed brilliant desire to leap above the Almeria defence for his headed goal.
Looked bright in the first 30 minutes and showed good pace and skill to trouble the Almeria defenders before unfortunately being brought off with injury in the 30th minute.
Looked dangerous as always when running at pace with the ball and often had the Almeria defence on the ropes. It was not a headline-grabbing performance, but still managed to score twice - once from the spot and another from a defensive error - to equal his and Ronaldo's record of 47 goals in a single season with plenty of games still to go.
Came off his line far too rashly to foul David Villa in the penalty area and allowed Barcelona back into the game. Still, he pulled off a good few saves which kept the scoreline down for the away side.
Was out-jumped by one of the smallest men on the field, Thiago, from a corner kick for Barcelona to grab their important second goal, which is inexcusable from a central defender.
Got stuck in during the game and did not allow the Barcelona players much time on the ball. However, he lacked the quality to truly hurt the Blaugrana defenders.
Had a tough time dealing with Daniel Alves down the right wing but managed to negate the threat as much as possible and dealt well with the narrow threat of the Brazilian coming inside.
Did well to block the crosses of Maxwell and gave Almeria an extra man down the right hand side to receive the ball when on the counter attack.
Was fairly solid in the game but a terrible misjudgement of the ball in the 90th minute that allowed Messi to score will tarnish a decent performance.
Acted as a barrier to the defence but Barcelona managed to bridge the gap too many times and was fortunate a resolute Almeria defence kept out the champions.
Was very tenacious when closing down the Barcelona defenders and showed lightning pace to help with the counter attack which gave Almeria a shock lead.
Took his goal with composure which was an element of his all-round performance in the midfield area and was unlucky to be substituted.
Did well to pressure Xavi and Iniesta when the pair were bearing downthe Almeria goal. Also intercepted the ball a couple of times when a through pass to David Villa looked imminent.
Was forever a pest to the Barcelona backline and displayed good vision to slip the ball through to Corona which resulted in the Almeria goal.
- 21 Adriano Correia
- 26 Fontàs
Managed to negate the counter attacking threat of Almeria since his introduction and added solidity in midfield to see out the result.
Linked up well with Daniel Alves down the right wing but a few bad decisions cost Barcelona possession.
- 20 I. Afellay
Was a threat in and around the penalty area but did not manage to lock on to any clear cut chances to affect the game.