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February 1, 2014 8:30 PM IST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Pedro Pérez‎
Attendance:‬ 66969‎
 
Parejo 44′
54′ (PG) Lionel Messi
Pablo Piatti 48′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 2-3 Valencia

The Blaugrana's run of 25 straight Liga wins at Camp Nou was ended by Juan Antonio Pizzi's side

By Tom Webber

  • Víctor Valdés
    0
    0
    2.50

    Víctor Valdés

    The keeper was fortunate Costa headed wide as he failed to claim a corner and he did not inspire confidence throughout.

  • Piqué
    0
    0
    2.50

    Piqué

    Looked complacent when called into action as the counterattack caused him problems. He failed to follow the run of Parejo as he slotted home the equaliser.

  • Jordi Alba
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jordi Alba Flop of the Match

    Did not get forward to help his side attack down the left often enough and regularly afforded Barragan too much space. His disappointing afternoon was compounded with a red card in the second half.

  • Daniel Alves
    1
    0
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    The right-back had a typically adventurous game, making a series of runs into the danger area. He was out jumped by Piatti for the Valencia second.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    0
    1
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Put in a dynamic display as he looked to fill the gap left by Messi when the Argentine dropped deep. The interplay with his team-mates was solid but he did not create enough himself.

  • Xavi
    1
    0
    2.50

    Xavi

    Played some decent passes in the centre of the park early on but he began to grow short of original ideas as los Che packed men behind the ball.

  • Javier Mascherano
    0
    0
    2.50

    Javier Mascherano

    Struggled for positioning when Valencia broke at pace throughout the game. He made a couple of decent challenges but often found himself reacting to the movement of the opposition, rather than anticipating it.

  • Busquets
    0
    0
    2.00

    Busquets

    Did not offer enough protection to the defence throughout the game. He was often very sloppy in possession and that enabled Valencia to attack the defence he was meant to be shielding.

  • Pedro
    0
    0
    2.50

    Pedro

    The winger was not involved in the game enough, despite Barragan leaving plenty of space behind him at times. His link-up play was lacking and he really should have done more for his team.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    0
    0
    3.50

    Alexis Sánchez

    Opened the scoring with an impressive effort from an acute angle. His movement was consistently impressive as he often ran into space beyond the defence, but he should have scored a second to put more distance between the two sides.

  • Lionel Messi
    1
    1
    3.50

    Lionel Messi

    Assissted the opener with a decent cross for Sanchez at the back post. He saw a lot of the ball and flitted about dangerously before eventually scoring his first Liga goal since September from the penalty spot.

Substitutions

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    0
    0
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Replaced Xavi in the 65th minute and added more creativity to the Barca side.

  • Tello
    0
    0

    Tello

    Brought on for Fabregas with 13 minutes left to play but could not make an impact.

  • Diego Alves
    0
    0
    3.00

    Diego Alves

    Made a number of impressive stops to thwart Barcelona time and again.

  • Barragán
    0
    0
    3.00

    Barragán

    Made plenty of runs down the right and helped keep Alba further away from goal than Barca would have liked.

  • Ricardo Costa
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ricardo Costa

    The centre-back made a number of high-quality challenges in dangerous areas to repel the Blaugrana. Unfortunate to concede a penalty after the break.

  • Jérémy Mathieu
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jérémy Mathieu

    A brilliant performance in the heart of defence from the towering Frenchman. He was imposing and forceful at the back, putting in a number of crucial blocks.

  • Oriol Romeu
    0
    0
    3.00

    Oriol Romeu

    Screened the defence well when not in possession, reading the play well and positioning himself to break up the Barca attacks.

  • Sofiane Feghouli
    0
    1
    4.00

    Sofiane Feghouli Top of the Match

    Was a threat from the very first minute. Worked Valdes early on with an impressive shot and assisted Parejo for the opener and Alcacer for the third.

  • Juan Bernat
    0
    0
    3.00

    Juan Bernat

    A solid perfomance from the left-back. He failed to track some of the runs from Dani Alves and Sanchez but when he was faced up with an opponent he gave a good account of himself.

  • Javi Fuego
    1
    0
    3.00

    Javi Fuego

    Tracked the runners through the middle very well, communicating with the defence to ensure that no Barca man had a free run through the middle.

  • Parejo
    0
    0
    3.50

    Parejo

    Scored his side's opener on the break and helped his team defend for much of the game by dropping in alongside Romeu and Javi Fuego when not in possession.

  • Pablo Piatti
    0
    0
    3.50

    Pablo Piatti

    The diminutive Argentine stunned Camp Nou as he soared above Dani Alves to head home Valencia's second with a great finish.

  • Paco Alcácer
    1
    0
    3.50

    Paco Alcácer

    Caused the Barca defence no end of problems with his excellent movement and intelligent runs. His flick on was headed home by Piatti for the Valencia second before he swept home his side's third to win the game.

Substitutions

  • Míchel
    0
    0

    Míchel

    Brought on for Parejo in second-half stoppage time.

  • Federico Nicolás Cartabia
    0
    0

    Federico Nicolás Cartabia

    Came on for Piatti in the closing stages.

  • Edu Vargas
    0
    0

    Edu Vargas

    Replaced Alcacer in the 73rd minute.

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
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0