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March 10, 2013 12:30 AM IST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Pedro Pérez‎
Attendance:‬ 69748‎
 
 
88′ Lionel Messi
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 2-0 Deportivo

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at Camp Nou, where Alexis Sanchez and Lionel Messi helped the Catalans get back to winning ways

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • José Pinto Colorado
    21
    7
    3.00

    José Pinto Colorado

    Difficult to believe he'll ever have an easier night's work, having barely had a touch of the ball all game.

  • Daniel Alves
    44
    7
    4.00

    Daniel Alves Top of the Match

    A swashbuckling performance from the full-back, who was a constant menace on the right-hand side and set up the opener with an excellent cross onto the head of Alexis Sanchez.

  • Carles Puyol
    35
    6
    4.00

    Carles Puyol

    Put in a brilliant tackle on Nelson Oliveira to halt a dangerous Deportivo attack, and though there were signs that he could have been caught out by pace on the break, the visitors never looked to exploit that avenue, allowing Puyol do as he pleased.

  • Adriano
    25
    6
    3.50

    Adriano

    Solid in both halves of the field, as he took care of his defensive duties while providing a good outlet wide on the left in attack.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    22
    17
    3.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Missed a really good chance early in the game by blasting over the bar from a good position but was far more dynamic and creative than he has been of late.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    25
    7
    2.50

    Thiago Alcántara

    In the absence of Xavi, Thiago took on the mantle of playmaker and one world class piece of skill, a Marseille roulette in midfield, brought the crowd to their feet. However, such eye-catching moments were few and far between.

  • Javier Mascherano
    18
    6
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Mopped up loose ends effectively at the back, as the rare Deportivo foray into the opposition penalty area was snuffed out almost as quickly as it began.

  • Alex Song
    26
    8
    3.00

    Alex Song

    Looked completely at ease in midfield, breaking up play effectively and releasing the ball quickly to the likes of Thiago and Cesc Fabregas to spark the Catalans forward.

  • David Villa
    27
    12
    2.50

    David Villa

    With Lionel Messi on the bench, David Villa really seemed to be enjoying himself as the focal point of the attack, but his finishing let him down on more than one occasion as gilt-edged chances were spurned.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    39
    7
    4.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    Much better from the Chilean. His off-the-ball movement saw him find a lot of joy down the right flank, but it was centrally where he made his most decisive impact, as he headed home Dani Alves’ cross to open the scoring for his side with a confidence-boosting goal. Later combined brilliantly with Messi for the second.

  • Tello
    22
    6
    3.00

    Tello

    His passing was a bit heavy-handed on occasion, and put an end to a few promising attacks, while his contributions on the left flank were also limited by David Villa’s tendency to drift wide and receive the ball. However, he still offered some much-needed width.

Substitutions

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    30
    5
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Saw a shot saved from point blank range by Daniel Aranzubia as he came close to scoring off the bench.

  • Lionel Messi
    64
    15
    3.50

    Lionel Messi

    As decisive as ever off the bench, with a wonderfully taken goal late on to seal the points.

  • Dani Aranzubia
    5
    3
    3.50

    Dani Aranzubia

    A string of excellent saves in the first half kept the Catalans at bay, and even for Sanchez’ opener, he tried his best to push the ball past the post. Would have been a route had it not been for him.

  • Manuel Pablo
    2
    7
    2.00

    Manuel Pablo Flop of the Match

    Though he battled hard against Sanchez, fatigue got the better of him in the end as he was caught out for the second goal.

  • Aythami
    2
    3
    3.00

    Aythami

    Made a number of solid defensive plays in the second half as the likes of David Villa found it hard to find any space.

  • Silvio
    3
    3
    3.00

    Silvio

    Put in an excellent tackle to halt David Villa on what should have been the opener for the home side. Typified what wwas a committed display.

  • Insua
    2
    3
    2.50

    Insua

    After a solid game, chinks began to appear in his armour once Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta emerged from the bench to change the match.

  • Paulo Assunçao
    2
    3
    2.50

    Paulo Assunçao

    Completely outclassed in the midfield battle by Barca, as he failed to offer his defence any sort of meaningful protection.

  • A. Aguilar
    2
    3
    2.50

    A. Aguilar

    Managed to win the ball off Fabregas on a few occasions, but once in possession, rarely had any idea of an effective way to distribute it.

  • Valerón
    2
    3
    2.50

    Valerón

    The veteran managed to play one or two lovely passes forward, but he spent most of the game playing off the ball, which will never see him at his most effective.

  • Pizzi
    3
    3
    3.00

    Pizzi

    Made a few encouraging runs forward, but the sheer distance that often existed between him and the would-be passer meant that the ball was cut out long before it could reach him. Still, worked hard.

  • Bruno Gama
    2
    3
    3.00

    Bruno Gama

    Put in a fair bit of defensive work on the right flank as he made some key tackles.

  • Nélson Oliveira
    2
    3
    2.00

    Nélson Oliveira

    Starved for service and support, it was a frustrating outing for the Benfica loanee, who barely had a touch of the ball all game.

Substitutions

  • Javi Camuñas
    3
    3
    3.00

    Javi Camuñas

    Added some fresh legs for his side, and his spark on the ball won a few free kicks.

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