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October 23, 2011 1:30 AM IST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez‎
Attendance:‬ 82743‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 0-0 Sevilla

Javi Varas was the star of the show as he saved a late penalty from Lionel Messi to deny the Catalans all three points and keep up the Andalusians' impressive unbeaten league run

By Luke Matthews

  • Víctor Valdés
    45
    78
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    The keeper made some impressive saves, especially in the first half as Sevilla threatened. Looked alert throughout.

  • Adriano
    32
    81
    2.50

    Adriano

    Not a bad game from the left-back who was hardly tested defensively. He always looked to get forward and was involved in several of his side's best attacks.

  • Javier Mascherano
    41
    74
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Looked solid tonight, making a number of intelligent interceptions to help his side keep a clean sheet. Also helped link play well.

  • Éric Abidal
    40
    72
    3.00

    Éric Abidal

    Looked a little shaky at times and his casual play in the first half nearly allowed Jesus Navas to find the net. Not his best performance this season by a long stretch.

  • Daniel Alves
    35
    80
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    Not a great game from the Brazilian, whose control let him down at times. He was also guilty of taking one too many touches at times.

  • Seydou Keita
    36
    78
    2.50

    Seydou Keita

    The Malian midfielder had a poor game in the middle of the park. His passing wasn't the best and his defensive play was not to his usual level.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    43
    76
    2.50

    Thiago Alcántara

    Struggled tonight. The midfielder was quiet and was unable to find a killer pass before being subsituted with 20 minutes to go with Fabregas taking his place.

  • Xavi
    52
    79
    3.00

    Xavi

    Not his greatest game by all means but he was still involved with the majority of Barcelona's best play. Played several precise through-balls and was perhaps unlucky not to have an assist to his name.

  • David Villa
    44
    82
    2.50

    David Villa

    The striker looked off colour tonight. He only had two chances at goal and showed just a few bright sparks throughout as the Sevilla defence continually foiled him.

  • Lionel Messi
    117
    336
    3.50

    Lionel Messi

    The tricky Argentine always looked his side's most dangerous yet his contribution to the game will be remembered for the late missed penalty. Had a personal duel with Varas going on for the 90 minutes and for once, the goalkeeper won.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    76
    77
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Impressive at times and had numerous shots blocked by Varas. He linked up well with Messi in particular and was certainly one of Barcelona's better players. Also hit the woodwork and earned the late penalty which Messi missed.

Substitutions

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    47
    75
    0.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Showed some nice touches in a cameo performance and if it wasn't for Fazio's brilliant block, he may have scored the winner.

  • Busquets
    28
    66
    0.00

    Busquets

    The midfielder entered the game for the final stages and hardly touched the ball.

  • Pedro
    29
    68
    3.00

    Pedro

    Looked lively when introduced but was not given enough time on the pitch to make a real impact.

  • Javi Varas
    483
    24
    5.00

    Javi Varas Top of the Match

    The goalkeeper was in superb form this evening. He looked sharp and alert throughout, making several excellent saves. He really was his side's hero, especially for stopping Messi's penalty late on.

  • Fernando Navarro
    58
    14
    2.00

    Fernando Navarro

    Played fairly well tonight and helped keep Messi at bay. Was often pegged back leaving him unable to attack but all in all, a good game from the left-back. His performance was tarnished slightly with his late dismissal.

  • Julien Escudé
    63
    15
    3.00

    Julien Escudé

    The French defender looked good tonight at the centre of defence and helped snuff out danger on a number of occasions, keeping Villa quiet in the process.

  • Federico Julián Fazio
    72
    13
    3.00

    Federico Julián Fazio

    Great performance from the Argentine at the centre of defence who helped keep his team well organised at the back, making some telling challenges along the way and three vital blocks.

  • Martín Cáceres
    54
    15
    2.50

    Martín Cáceres

    Not bad from the former Barcelona man, who made some decent challenges and also supported the Sevilla attack when possible.

  • Gary Medel
    55
    9
    2.50

    Gary Medel

    Full of energy in the centre of the park as he worked well to close Xavi and company down on numerous occasions. His passing was precise throughout.

  • Campaña
    49
    11
    3.00

    Campaña

    The 18-year-old was making his first start for the club this evening and looked assured in the middle of the park. Kept his passing simple and worked hard.

  • Armenteros
    44
    12
    3.00

    Armenteros

    The winger is getting opportunities in the team this season and played fairly well. He came close with an audacious effort in the first half although he was fairly quiet in the second.

  • Piotr Trochowski
    42
    15
    2.50

    Piotr Trochowski

    The German has been in great form since his summer arrival from Hamburg. However, he was a little off colour this evening. He competed well but lacked the creativity his side was looking for.

  • Jesús Navas González
    66
    11
    3.50

    Jesús Navas González

    Looked impressive when on the ball although this was a rare occurence. Came close to opening the scoring twice in the first half. Worked hard throughout and helped out defensively on numerous occasions.

  • Manu Del Moral
    43
    10
    2.50

    Manu Del Moral

    Started the game brightly and did well to bring his team-mates into play. However, he faded as the game went on and was anonymous in the second period.

Substitutions

  • Coke
    39
    8
    3.00

    Coke

    The youngster was a late substitute and helped his team out defensively, working hard for his side.

  • Ivan Rakitic
    45
    12
    0.00

    Ivan Rakitic

    Came on late and was guilty of miscontrolling the ball when a one-on-one situation loomed.

  • Fred Kanouté
    112
    77
    2.00

    Fred Kanouté Flop of the Match

    The Malian striker had an eventful cameo. He showed some nice touches to hold up play yet was stupidly sent off for a minute of madness following the referee's decision to award Barcelona a penalty. That gamesmanship may well have put off Messi, however.

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