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February 12, 2013 7:45 p.m. GMT
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 36000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Valencia 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain

Goal.com rates the performers on show at Mestalla as Carlo Ancelotti's side emerged from Spain victorious, but saw their night marred by Zlatan Ibrahimovic's red card

By Mohammed Ali

  • Guaita
    3
    4
    2.00

    Guaita

    A poor evening from the Spanish goalkeeper. At considerable fault for both goals, the custodian failed to produce the performance expected, especially at this level. Improved in the second half but not convincing.

  • Adil Rami
    6
    0
    3.00

    Adil Rami

    Faced a side that he knows well following his time at Lille, and the France international fared decently against the Ligue 1 leaders. His brilliant goal gives Valencia hope for the return leg nonetheless.

  • João Pereira
    5
    1
    3.50

    João Pereira

    One of the better Valencia players on the night, the Portuguese international’s crosses proved to be the only threat that the visitors had to deal with. His movement and passing at times was a joy to behold.

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    3
    13
    3.00

    Jose Andrés Guardado

    The Mexico international was deployed as left-back and initially struggled in the first half, with Lucas in particular giving him a headache. Improved as the game wore on as the hosts became more urgent, with his pace a real factor.

  • Ricardo Costa
    4
    0
    3.00

    Ricardo Costa

    The defender, struggled at times but improved as the game wore on. Marshalled Ibrahimovic superbly and denied PSG in the second half.

  • Sofiane Feghouli
    6
    1
    3.00

    Sofiane Feghouli

    The Algerian star contributed well in the simple passing game his side deployed for much of the fixture, but offensively, he was kept in check by the opposition. Subbed for Viera late on.

  • Ever Banega
    4
    3
    2.00

    Ever Banega

    Touted to be Valencia’s main threat this evening against PSG, but the wild Argentine could only muster 45 minutes before being withdrawn. Disappointingly poor on the big stage, his contribution was limited.

  • Parejo
    2
    3
    2.00

    Parejo Flop of the Match

    Parejo could not assert his authority on the game with the visitors' fluid attack pulling him out of position at times.

  • Tino Costa
    6
    1
    3.50

    Tino Costa

    The former Montpellier star played well in midfield this evening. His passing and control of the ball proved fruitful in the end as he set up Rami for the goal. Linked well with those ahead of him.

  • Jonas
    3
    1
    2.50

    Jonas

    Endured a poor evening as he was well marshalled by the visiting defence. Failed to sparkle in the final third and substituted in favour of Valdez after half-time.

  • Roberto Soldado
    4
    4
    3.00

    Roberto Soldado

    The Che captain could not inspire his side after being overawed by a powerful PSG defence. The likes of Alex and Sakho kept him in under close guard and the Spain international failed to test Sirigu.

Substitutions

  • Jonathan Viera
    2
    0

    Jonathan Viera

    Came on for Feghouli with minutes to play.

  • Haedo Valdéz
    4
    2
    3.00

    Haedo Valdéz

    The Paraguayan star was thrown on after a poor first half, and he excelled initially, adding another dimension to a limp side by instigating various attacking chances. Faded a little afterwards and missed a superb chance to reduce the deficit.

  • Canales
    8
    2
    3.50

    Canales

    Replaced Banega after the interval and fared better, with the young Spaniard feeding the strikers with a few fine passes as the hosts aimed to recover.

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    2
    0
    3.00

    Salvatore Sirigu

    A mixed night for the goalkeeper. When he was tested, he pulled off two comfortable saves but will be disappointed with the goal he conceded.

  • Mamadou Sakho
    2
    0
    3.00

    Mamadou Sakho

    In the side just a day after becoming a father for the first time, the young defender was once again commanding, with a dominant aerial display.

  • Alex
    2
    0
    3.00

    Alex

    The Brazilian was solid throughout, but was sometimes left out of position and exposed his defence to a couple of chances. Easily beaten by Valdez, before the Valencia man set up Rami's goal.

  • Maxwell
    3
    0
    3.00

    Maxwell

    Made the left wing his own and linked up delightfully with his team-mates. Proved a real threat in the attacking third and was sound defensively.

  • Christophe Jallet
    2
    0
    3.50

    Christophe Jallet

    The right-back enjoyed another productive evening by limiting Guardado and Feghouli’s advances. Positionally aware, he was once more solid at the back.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    3
    1
    3.00

    Blaise Matuidi

    The tireless midfielder put in another fine showing and his natural athleticism helped to spark a number of his side's counterattacks.

  • Marco Verratti
    7
    1
    3.00

    Marco Verratti

    The young Italian took command of the midfield well, and his dazzling, silky passing range easily unlocked Valencia when on the counter. A major minus is the silly booking he incurred, ruling him out of the return leg.

  • Javier Pastore
    12
    0
    4.00

    Javier Pastore Top of the Match

    A hugely productive evening from the often criticised Argentine. Confident when advancing with the ball and propped up all over the pitch before capping it off with a well-taken goal.

  • Lucas
    10
    0
    3.50

    Lucas

    Devastating on the right-wing as he sought to gain a stranglehold on the flank. Set up the second for Pastore whilst flexing his attacking muscles with a sweet strike against the post. The Brazilian enjoyed a fruitful European debut.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    12
    0
    4.00

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    Slotted into an early rhythm playing off Ibrahimovic, and showed incredible composure to open the scoring. Should have got PSG’s third in the second half, but a brilliant threat throughout.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    20
    11
    2.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Did well to drop back and facilitate the attacks and create problems for the home defence. But he spoiled his good work with a stupid red card for a tackle on Guardado which jeopardises his side’s chances.

Substitutions

  • Sylvain Armand
    2
    0

    Sylvain Armand

    Replaced Pastore with just a few minutes left on the clock.

  • Clément Chantôme
    2
    0
    3.00

    Clément Chantôme

    The midfielder came on late on but his only contribution was to see a goal disallowed for offside.

  • Jérémy Menez
    2
    0
    3.00

    Jérémy Menez

    Started on the bench with Pastore and Lavezzi preferred. Handed a cameo appearance with 14 minutes remaining.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2