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3 vs 1
Played
November 7, 2013 1:15 AM IST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ M. Mažić‎
Attendance:‬ 80517‎
 
30′ (PG) Lionel Messi
Piqué 45′ (OG)
40′ Busquets
 
83′ Lionel Messi
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 3-1 AC Milan

Two goals from Lionel Messi and a Sergio Busquets header are enough to see off the challenge of the Rossoneri and ensure the Spaniards qualify for the Last 16

By Charlie Scott

  • Víctor Valdés
    87
    8
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Was a spectator until the final moments of the first half when Pique deflected Kaka's cross past him. Pulled off a smart stop from Balotelli early in the second half.

  • Piqué
    58
    44
    2.50

    Piqué

    Had a strong game alongside Mascherano at centre-back for the Blaugrana, but for his own goal on the brink of half-time.

  • Adriano
    75
    12
    3.00

    Adriano

    Pushed forward well down the left, linking to good effect with his Brazil compatriot Neymar. Forced Abbiati into making a fine stop just before the break.

  • Daniel Alves
    77
    17
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    Rampant down the right going forward, as he so often is, but was caught out when Kaka ghosted down the left and helped pull a goal back on 45 minutes.

  • Xavi
    97
    14
    3.00

    Xavi

    Moved the ball supremely in the centre of the park and set Busquets up brilliantly with a free kick for his side's second goal.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    86
    12
    2.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Dissected a stubborn Milan defence on a number of occasions and was even seen putting in tackles on the edge of his own box. Chipped the ball towards Neymar which led to the penalty in the first half.

  • Javier Mascherano
    87
    18
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Such was his side's control of possession, he was able to step out of defence and support the midfield in the first half. Was less comfortable up against Balotelli after the break.

  • Busquets
    96
    15
    3.50

    Busquets

    Nodded Xavi's free kick past Abbiati to make it 2-0 and moved the ball simply but effectively throughout.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    71
    23
    2.50

    Alexis Sánchez

    Tormented Emanuelson on the right for the hosts, but his touch let him down inside the area on a couple of occasions.

  • Lionel Messi
    259
    64
    4.00

    Lionel Messi Top of the Match

    Messi is back, if he was ever away that is. Broke his goal drought with a confident first-half penalty and added a brilliantly-taken second late on after combining well with Fabregas.

  • Neymar
    207
    45
    3.50

    Neymar

    Gave Abate a torrid time playing down the left for the Catalan giants. Drew a number of fouls from the Italian, including the one that led to a penalty, with his vibrant movement and trickery on the ball.

Substitutions

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    118
    9

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Provided a great assist for Messi's late third which sealed the win for the Blaugrana.

  • Pedro
    64
    11

    Pedro

    Had little time to make an impact after replacing Neymar late one.

  • Christian Abbiati
    44
    14
    3.50

    Christian Abbiati

    Recalled to the starting XI after recovering from a calf strain and pulled off some good stops to keep his side in it.

  • Philippe Mexes
    28
    16
    3.00

    Philippe Mexes

    Put in some fine challenges on Sanchez and Messi, though he did give the ball away cheaply from defence.

  • Cristian Zapata
    8
    29
    2.50

    Cristian Zapata

    Strong in the air as Barca sent a number of crosses into the box and read the play well at times to intercept the ball for his side.

  • Ignazio Abate
    18
    43
    2.00

    Ignazio Abate Flop of the Match

    Could not live with Neymar's pace and trickery early on and was cautioned after just 10 minutes before conceding the penalty for a foul on the Brazilian. Improved after the break.

  • Sulley Muntari
    19
    23
    2.50

    Sulley Muntari

    Tracked back well to help Emanuelson out defensively as Alves and Sanchez overloaded down the right for Barca.

  • Andrea Poli
    18
    22
    2.50

    Andrea Poli

    Did not track back enough to merit a starting place as Abate was overexposed to the likes of Neymar and Adriano. Subbed off in the second half.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    18
    22
    2.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Mixed his passing well to keep Barca's defence on their toes, particularly following the introduction of Balotelli.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    16
    22
    2.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    Defended doggedly for the visitors against Neymar, which limited his chances to push forward and forced him to rein in his attacking instincts.

  • Nigel De Jong
    39
    13
    3.00

    Nigel De Jong

    The Dutch enforcer had an unenviable task breaking down Barcelona's attacks but he did a great job, particularly with some diving tackles on the edge of his own box.

  • Robinho
    16
    38
    2.50

    Robinho

    Misplaced a huge number of passes in the first half which led to his withdrawal at the break.

  • Kaká
    166
    14
    3.50

    Kaká

    The Brazilian impressed for the Rossoneri and was instrumental in their goal. He linked well with Balotelli in the second half, after failing to click with Robinho.

Substitutions

  • Mario Balotelli
    72
    15
    3.00

    Mario Balotelli

    Surprisingly named on the bench, but was introduced for the second half. Forced Valdes into a smart stop with a low shot and caused Mascherano and Pique all sorts of problems.

Results
Group A Matchday 4
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