The keeper made some impressive saves, especially in the first half as Sevilla threatened. Looked alert throughout.
Not a great game from the Brazilian, whose control let him down at times. He was also guilty of taking one too many touches.
Looked a little shaky at times and his casual play in the first half nearly allowed Jesus Navas to find the net. Not his best performance this season by a long stretch.
Not a bad game from the left-back who was hardly tested defensively. He always looked to get forward and was involved in several of his side's best attacks.
Impressive at times and had numerous shots blocked by Varas. He linked up well with Messi in particular and was certainly one of Barcelona's better players. Also hit the woodwork and earned the late penalty which Messi missed.
Not his greatest game by all means but he was still involved with the majority of Barcelona's best play. Played several precise through-balls and was perhaps unlucky not to have an assist to his name.
The Malian midfielder had a poor game in the middle of the park. His passing wasn't the best and his defensive play was not to his usual level.
Struggled. The midfielder was quiet and was unable to find a killer pass before being substituted with 20 minutes to go with Fabregas taking his place.
Looked solid, making a number of intelligent interceptions to help his side keep a clean sheet. Also helped link play well.
The striker looked off colour. He only had two chances at goal and showed just a few bright sparks throughout as the Sevilla defence continually foiled him.
The tricky Argentine always looked his side's most dangerous yet his contribution to the game will be remembered for the late missed penalty. Had a personal duel with Varas going on for the 90 minutes and for once, the goalkeeper won.
The goalkeeper was in superb form. He looked sharp and alert throughout, making several excellent saves. He really was his side's hero, especially for stopping Messi's penalty late on.
Played fairly well and helped keep Messi at bay. Was often pegged back leaving him unable to attack but all in all, a good game from the left-back. His performance was tarnished slightly with his late dismissal.
Great performance from the Argentine at the centre of defence, and he helped keep his team well organised at the back, making some telling challenges along the way and three vital blocks.
The 18-year-old was making his first start for the club and looked assured in the middle of the park. Kept his passing simple and worked hard.
The French defender looked good at the centre of defence and helped snuff out danger on a number of occasions, keeping Villa quiet in the process.
Not bad from the former Barcelona man, who made some decent challenges and also supported the Sevilla attack when possible.
The German has been in great form since his summer arrival from Hamburg. However, he was a little off colour. He competed well but lacked the creativity his side was looking for.
Looked impressive when on the ball although this was a rare occurrence. Came close to opening the scoring twice in the first half. Worked hard throughout and helped out defensively on numerous occasions.
The winger is getting opportunities in the team this season and played fairly well. He came close with an audacious effort in the first half although he was fairly quiet in the second.
Full of energy in the centre of the park as he worked well to close Xavi and Co. down on numerous occasions. His passing was precise throughout.
Manu del Moral
Started the game brightly and did well to bring his team-mates into play. However, he faded as the game went on and was anonymous in the second period.
- 13 Pinto
- 19 Maxwell
- 24 Fontàs
- 23 Cuenca
Showed some nice touches in a cameo performance and if it wasn't for Fazio's brilliant block, he may have scored the winner.
The midfielder entered the game for the final stages and hardly touched the ball.
Looked lively when introduced but was not given enough time on the pitch to make a real impact.
- 1 Palop
- 19 Luna
- 5 Alexis
The youngster was a late substitute and helped his team out defensively, working hard for his side.
- 26 Luis Alberto
Came on late and was guilty of mis-controlling the ball when a one-on-one situation loomed.
The Malian striker had an eventful cameo. He showed some nice touches to hold up play yet was stupidly sent off for a minute of madness following the referee's decision to award Barcelona a penalty. That gamesmanship may well have put off Messi, however.