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September 24, 2013 11:30 PM IST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Jesús Gil‎
Attendance:‬ 70066‎
 
5′ Neymar
 
23′ Busquets
 
77′ Bartra
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 4-1 Real Sociedad

Goal rates the players at Camp Nou as the Catalan giants continued their impressive start to the Liga campaign, with Neymar scoring his first league goal for the club

By Charlie Scott

  • Víctor Valdés
    27
    4
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    The in-form goalkeeper had little to do as his side dominated. Produced one strong stop shortly before the break when Griezmann evaded the attention of Pique to fire a shot at goal.

  • Piqué
    19
    11
    3.00

    Piqué

    Lost his concentration when De La Bella pulled a goal back for the visitors, but apart from that was solid at the back for the hosts.

  • Adriano
    20
    8
    3.00

    Adriano

    The former Sevilla man will have relished the manner in which Barcelona played this evening as it gave him licence to race forward and attack.

  • Daniel Alves
    30
    6
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    Returning to the starting line-up, the Brazil international was prominent in his side's play down the right-hand side and he linked well with Alexis.

  • Xavi
    42
    6
    4.00

    Xavi

    The elder statesman in this Barca side has been used sparingly this season, but he made his presence felt this evening with a supreme performance in central midfield.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    46
    6
    4.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    His relationship with Messi seems telepathic at times and that was no different tonight, particularly during a 15-minute spell at the end of the first half.

  • Javier Mascherano
    19
    5
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Withdrawn not long before half-time after struggling with a thigh injury following a clash with Busquets in the second minute of the game.

  • Busquets
    35
    7
    3.50

    Busquets

    Scored his fifth league goal ever for Barcelona midway through the half, with a superbly-taken half volley, and controlled the game effortlessly from his position at the base of the midfield.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    29
    10
    3.50

    Alexis Sánchez

    Chosen ahead of Saturday's hat-trick hero, Pedro, the Chile international proved a threat on the right without troubling the scoresheet.

  • Lionel Messi
    105
    27
    4.50

    Lionel Messi Top of the Match

    The Argentine was brilliant, but he will be disappointed that he did not score more than once. He struck the woodwork from close range after scoring with his head in the first half, and a concoction of Bravo saves and poor finishing meant he did not add to his tally after the break.

  • Neymar
    95
    15
    4.00

    Neymar

    The former Santos man was tormenter-in-chief of Estrada in the first half, which led to the Sociedad right-back being hauled off at half-time. He opened the scoring with a simple finish early on and also provided the assist for Messi's header.

Substitutions

  • Bartra
    32
    5
    3.50

    Bartra

    The Masia graduate replaced Mascherano shortly before half-time and was composed at the back and even got on the scoresheet late on with a neat finish after surging forward from defence.

  • Claudio Bravo
    3
    1
    2.50

    Claudio Bravo

    Dallied when Alexis' cross bounced in front of him as Neymar opened the scoring but could do little about Barcelona's three other goals. Pulled off some fine saves from Messi after the break.

  • Íñigo Martínez
    3
    1
    2.50

    Íñigo Martínez

    Looked frustrated at times by the slack play of those around him. The talented young defender struggled against Barca's vibrant front three.

  • Cadamuro
    2
    5
    1.50

    Cadamuro Flop of the Match

    Threw his body in front of a couple of shots to keep the score almost respectable in the first half, and looked more comfortable after the break when he moved to right-back.

  • Dani Estrada
    2
    1
    1.50

    Dani Estrada

    Beaten far too easily by Neymar as he ghosted down the left to set up Messi for Barca's second, and some cheap fouls on the Brazilian completed a fairly miserable outing for the full-back, who was hauled off at half-time.

  • Alberto De la Bella
    2
    1
    2.50

    Alberto De la Bella

    The left-back struggled against the raw pace and power of Alexis and was beaten far too easily at times. Despite his defensive failings he got forward well after the break and scored his side's consolation goal from close-range.

  • Markel Bergara
    1
    1
    2.50

    Markel Bergara

    The defensive midfielder's positioning was a clear weakness for the visitors as Barca turned up the pressure and poured forward at will over the course of the game.

  • Xabi Prieto
    2
    3
    2.00

    Xabi Prieto

    The Sociedad captain was withdrawn midway through the half with a leg injury and this halted his side's creativity.

  • Javier Ros
    1
    1
    2.50

    Javier Ros

    Playing in an unfamiliar midfield he was too often found off the pace as Barcelona's midfield and full backs streamed forward. Replaced by Pardo after the break.

  • Antoine Griezmann
    4
    1
    2.00

    Antoine Griezmann

    The tricky attacker saw very little of the ball, which is a shame as when he did get it he looked dangerous. Just before half-time he forced Valdes into making a smart stop with a shot from 25 yards.

  • Haris Seferovic
    1
    1
    2.00

    Haris Seferovic

    Curled a fine effort against the crossbar in the second minute of the game but apart from that barely featured.

  • Marco Sangalli
    1
    2
    2.50

    Marco Sangalli

    Making only his second appearance for the club, the 21-year-old unsurprisingly struggled against the likes of Busquets and Xavi in midfield.

Substitutions

  • Jon Ansotegui
    2
    1
    2.50

    Jon Ansotegui

    Performed well at centre-back after replacing the disappointing Estrada at half-time.

  • Rubén Pardo
    1
    1

    Rubén Pardo

    The 20-year-old did not have much of a chance to leave his mark on the game after being brought on in the second half when the result was beyond doubt.

  • Imanol Agirretxe
    1
    2
    2.50

    Imanol Agirretxe

    Replaced Prieto midway through the first half but never looked comfortable with the pace of the game.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0