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March 18, 2013 1:30 AM IST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 68197‎
 
25′ David Villa
Raúl Tamudo 70′
40′ Lionel Messi
 
57′ Lionel Messi
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at Camp Nou, where Lionel Messi and David Villa took care of business and drove the Catalans to another Liga win

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • José Pinto Colorado
    28
    4
    3.00

    José Pinto Colorado

    Not much he could do for Rayo's goal, and he pulled off a strong save on a long-range Piti drive.

  • Piqué
    34
    6
    3.00

    Piqué

    Hardly put a foot wrong at the back, as he repelled whatever was thrown at him by the visitors.

  • Jordi Alba
    38
    2
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    Provided just a bit more reliability at the back than Alves, but did not let his offensive play suffer as a result, as he performed to his usual high standards when supporting the attack.

  • Adriano
    30
    3

    Adriano

    Lasted only 23 minutes before succumbing to injury, and was replaced by Dani Alves.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    34
    13
    2.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Still does not look sure of his role in the side, as his play was occasionally blighted by moments of hesitation and miscommunication. There were some encouraging passing moments as well, but he did not quite function as the excellent player that we know he can be.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    39
    4
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Not quite the awe-inspiring level that we have come to expect from the little midfielder, but he still managed to make an impact on the match with a few killer balls forward, one of which set the second goal in motion.

  • Javier Mascherano
    35
    4
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Took care of business defensively, but Rayo in truth did not make it too difficult for him to go about his duties.

  • Busquets
    38
    4
    3.50

    Busquets

    Was always seen getting back quickly to protect the zone in front of the back four in the moments where Rayo looked to attack. As usual, he looked completely at ease in the other half of the field as well, distributing and recycling possession efficiently.

  • David Villa
    94
    1
    4.50

    David Villa

    Finished with typical aplomb for the opener before showing great poise on two occasions to hold up the ball and release Lionel Messi through for Barcelona's other two goals. A constant threat throughout the game.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    38
    13
    2.50

    Alexis Sánchez

    The Chilean started positively, making several threatening plays down the right, but as the match wore on, he tailed off and began to play within himself.

  • Lionel Messi
    114
    19
    5.00

    Lionel Messi Top of the Match

    His link-up play with David Villa was quite a sight to behold, as he set the striker up for the opener before benefiting from his pass to slot home the second. His second half goal was taken in typically magnificent fashion,bursting past the last defender before lobbing the keeper.

Substitutions

  • Daniel Alves
    37
    4
    3.50

    Daniel Alves

    Took no time to settle into the game after he was drafted in for the injured Adriano. Formed an encouraging understanding with Alexis Sanchez on the right flank, and was very useful in spreading play and easing congestion in the middle of the park.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    26
    5
    3.00

    Thiago Alcántara

    A second too slow to spot the run of Raul Tamudo, who ghosted in ahead of him to score Rayo’s first.

  • Rubén
    2
    4
    3.00

    Rubén

    Did fantastically well to tip a stinging drive from Lionel Messi away from danger, and can accept little blame for the goals.

  • Tito
    0
    5
    2.50

    Tito

    There were often large gaps appearing on the left flank when Barca looked to counter, a zone that was primarily his responsibility.

  • Alejandro Gálvez
    0
    5
    2.50

    Alejandro Gálvez

    Taken out of the equation completely by David Villa's through pass in the build-up to Barcelona's second goal of the game.

  • Arbilla
    1
    4
    2.00

    Arbilla Flop of the Match

    Completely bypassed by the pace and strength of Lionel Messi for the home side's third goal. He simply could not keep up with the Argentine.

  • Jordi Figueras
    0
    4
    2.00

    Jordi Figueras

    Had absolutely no answer for the likes of David Villa and Jordi Alba when Barcelona looked to attack on the break as he was guilty of conceding far too much space in behind.

  • Adrián González
    0
    4
    2.00

    Adrián González

    Simply overrun, as many a visiting midfielder has been when faced with the impossible task of containing Barca's tiki-taka football.

  • José Carlos
    1
    3
    3.00

    José Carlos

    There were some encouraging signs from him thanks to his ability to cut inside and open up space for his overlapping full-back. But he simply could not maintain consistency across the entirety of the game.

  • Piti
    1
    3
    3.00

    Piti

    Set up Raul Tamudo for Rayo's lone goal with a cross into the six yard area, and almost repeated the feat moments later, but Tamudo failed to convert again. Came close with a long-range effort that Jose Pinto was forced to tip away.

  • Trashorras
    1
    3
    3.00

    Trashorras

    The midfielder had a decent game against his former club, as he was very adept at maintaining hold of the ball and spraying it around in the opposition half.

  • Alejandro Domínguez
    1
    3
    3.00

    Alejandro Domínguez

    Passed the ball around effectively during the intermittent spells of Rayo possession, but like the rest of his attacking team-mates, he could not maintain it for the full 90 minutes.

  • Andrija Delibasic
    0
    4
    2.50

    Andrija Delibasic

    Looked set to have a solid game as he held the ball up well in the opening exchanges, but as his service dried up, his influence waned.

Substitutions

  • Raúl Tamudo
    1
    3
    3.00

    Raúl Tamudo

    Scored a poacher's goal to get his team off the mark, and nearly made things interesting when he narrowly missed from an identical chance.

  • Lass
    0
    4
    3.00

    Lass

    Decent in his spell on the field, but nothing spectacular.

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