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Played
December 19, 2010 12:30 AM IST
Estadi Cornellà-El Prat — Cornella de Llobregat
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 40010‎
 
Pedro 19′
 
Xavi 30′
 
Pedro 60′
 
David Villa 76′
 
David Villa 84′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Espanyol 1-5 Barcelona

By Vasil Kotsev

  • Carlos Kameni
    1
    2
    3.00

    Carlos Kameni

    Could not have done much better for pretty much any of the goals, except for Xavi's strike, and Pedro's second when he parried the ball rather unfortunately to the path of the striker. Still, he conceded five in the end in a game to forget.

  • Chica
    0
    2
    3.00

    Chica

    Very stable in the first half as he kept Villa on a tight leash. Substituted in the 65th minute as Espanyol were looking for more firepower upfront. Offered fairly little in attacking sense.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    1
    2
    2.00

    Víctor Ruiz

    After a relatively solid first half performance in which he made a couple of decent interceptions, the centre-half completely crumbled after the break. In all honesty, however, Espanyol's defence were forced to play much higher up the field, and they were always going to have problems against the Blaugrana's fast attacking force.

  • Juan Daniel Forlín
    1
    1
    2.00

    Juan Daniel Forlín

    Very poor from the centre-half. The first three goals for Barcelona came from his zone, although there was not much he could have done to prevent Pedro's second strike. All in all, Forlin struggled against the Catalan juggernaut.

  • Dídac Vilà
    1
    4
    1.50

    Dídac Vilà Flop of the Match

    Shaky in defence and pretty much absent in attack all night. Substituted after the break.

  • Raúl Baena
    1
    0
    2.50

    Raúl Baena

    Faded away after a very intense first half performance. Frustration got the better of him on a more than one occasion.

  • Javi Márquez
    1
    1
    2.50

    Javi Márquez

    Tried really hard, but chased shadows for most of the game. Was no match for Xavi and Iniesta in the centre of the pitch in the second half.

  • Luis García
    1
    1
    3.00

    Luis García

    Created one glorious chance for Callejon in the 35th minute and generally looked lively and willing to make things happen for Espanyol. Substituted in the second half for Jesus Datolo.

  • Verdú
    1
    0
    2.50

    Verdú

    One could hardly tell if he was on the pitch tonight. His contribution tonight was pretty much non-existent.

  • José Callejón
    1
    0
    2.50

    José Callejón

    Wasted a glorious chance in the 35th minute, but generally did well. Showed he could match Alves down the flank and assisted Pablo Osvaldo's goal with a fine through ball.

  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
    1
    1
    3.50

    Pablo Daniel Osvaldo

    Scored a fine goal after a powerful run, and took his only real chance of the game. Deprived of service, but still did well.

Substitutions

  • David García
    0
    2
    2.50

    David García

    Came on late.

  • Jordi Amat
    1
    2
    2.00

    Jordi Amat

    Very poor from the young defender. The fact that Barcelona scored two goals after his introduction is no coincidence.

  • Jesús Dátolo
    0
    2
    2.00

    Jesús Dátolo

    Could do very little against a strong opposition.

  • Víctor Valdés
    9
    3
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Very stable in the first half, pulling off a couple of great saves. Could have done better for Osvaldo's goal, but generally did well in the second half.

  • Daniel Alves
    8
    5
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    Very good going forward, even created a sitter for Messi in the first half, but fairly susceptible in defence especially in the second half as he struggled to contain Callejon & co. His horrible pass in the 56th minute is worth seeing one more time.

  • Carles Puyol
    7
    9
    3.00

    Carles Puyol

    Completely at fault for Osvaldo's goal. When you cannot outrun your opponent, the least you could do is position yourself better and Puyol failed to do so. Had fairly little to do besides that.

  • Piqué
    4
    5
    3.00

    Piqué

    Could have done better in the 35th minute when Callejon was granted with a chance to volley, but was generally stable in defence. Booked for a silly hand-ball and missed a glorious chance to score in the second half.

  • Éric Abidal
    9
    2
    3.50

    Éric Abidal

    Very stable in defence, but offered fairly little in attack. A decent performance from the Frenchman.

  • Xavi
    17
    3
    4.00

    Xavi

    Scored with a fine strike from a difficult angle and assisted Villa's second with a good through ball. Did his chances of winning the Ballon d'Or no harm as he delivered yet another consistent performance.

  • Busquets
    9
    8
    3.50

    Busquets

    Aside from his rather comical attempt of a bicycle kick in the fourth minute, the midfielder hardly put a foot wrong all night. Created a good chance for Pique in the second period, which the centre-half wasted.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    8
    6
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Had a couple of shots on goal and made a few good passes, but nothing special really. Still, he looked dangerous on the ball and all in all delivered a decent performance.

  • Lionel Messi
    21
    14
    4.00

    Lionel Messi

    Got two assists to his name tonight and looked dangerous on the ball. Still, he didn't show his ruthlessness in front of goal as he missed a sitter in the 10th minute and failed to find the back of the net in a match where he only had two shots on target.

  • David Villa
    18
    5
    4.00

    David Villa

    Two goals for the ex-Valencia man, who delivered the goods yet again for the Blaugrana. One can argue that his goals were fourth and fifth, but still a brace works wonders for a striker's confidence. Showed good off-the-ball play.

  • Pedro
    19
    6
    4.50

    Pedro Top of the Match

    Scored the first in dubious circumstances and powered a second after the break. A very energetic performance and a quite efficient one at that.

Substitutions

  • Javier Mascherano
    8
    4
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Had little to protect in his ten-minute spell.

  • Seydou Keita
    7
    2
    3.00

    Seydou Keita

    Had little to do after coming on.

  • Bojan Krkic
    8
    2
    3.00

    Bojan Krkic

    Came on too late to be a threat.

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