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2 vs 2
Played
March 30, 2013 10:30 PM IST
Estadio de Balaídos — Vigo
Referee:‬ Antonio Mateu‎
Attendance:‬ 29000‎
 
38′ Natxo Insa
Tello 43′
88′ Oubiña
Lionel Messi 73′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Celta Vigo 2-2 Barcelona

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at the Balaidos, as the hosts soured what was another record-breaking match for Lionel Messi

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Javi Varas
    2
    0
    3.00

    Javi Varas

    Made a strong save to deny Lionel Messi from a free-kick, and had little chance for either goal.

  • Roberto Lago
    0
    1
    2.50

    Roberto Lago

    Often came off second best in his battles with Cristian Tello, as the youngster's pace made him hard to contain.

  • Gustavo Daniel Cabral
    0
    1
    2.50

    Gustavo Daniel Cabral

    Sloppy at times in the second half when defending low crosses from out wide. Could, and should have been more decisive when trying to intercept the ball.

  • Vadim Demidov
    3
    0
    3.00

    Vadim Demidov

    Not afraid to throw himself in front of the ball, and one important deflection prevented a seemingly goal-bound effort from Lionel Messi.

  • Johny
    0
    1
    2.50

    Johny

    Was having a decent game up until the introduction of Andres Iniesta and David Villa, with both substitutes finding joy down his side of the pitch.

  • Oubiña
    4
    0
    3.50

    Oubiña

    Picked up a first-half booking for taking down Lionel Messi in the middle of the park, but was committed to the end, and planted a header home with one minute remaining in the game to salvage a point for his side.

  • Danijel Pranjic
    1
    1
    2.50

    Danijel Pranjic

    He did not have the most influential game as his cautious play meant that he often drifted to the periphery of proceedings.

  • Fabián Orellana
    2
    0
    3.50

    Fabián Orellana

    The most dangerous offensive player for his side. A mazy run was key in dragging the defence out of position in the build up to the first goal, and an excellent cross provided the second for Borja Oubina.

  • Augusto Fernández
    1
    0
    3.00

    Augusto Fernández

    Started the match strongly with a series of incisive runs down the flanks, but as the match wore on, he seemed to run out of energy and lacked the thrust of old.

  • Natxo Insa
    5
    0
    3.50

    Natxo Insa

    Prodded home the opening goal of the game from close range after reacting quickest to a loose ball, and did not often put a foot wrong in midfield, working hard on and off the ball.

  • Chu-Young Park
    4
    1
    3.00

    Chu-Young Park

    His speed was a decent test for the Barca defence, and once or twice, he found himself open, but his finishing was a tad wayward.

Substitutions

  • Bermejo
    0
    0
    2.50

    Bermejo

    Barely saw the ball in attack, as he was more used to provide extra cover on the wings.

  • José Pinto Colorado
    24
    1
    3.50

    José Pinto Colorado

    Pulled of a splendid double save to prevent Barca from going behind in the first half, and was a very assured presence in goal. Could not be blamed for either goal.

  • Daniel Alves
    13
    7
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    As usual, he showed no qualms about bombing high up the right flank to provide support for the attack. However, though he popped up in a few threatening positions, his crosses into the box did not often pick out one of his team-mates.

  • Piqué
    11
    9
    2.50

    Piqué

    Never looked comfortable on the night. The centre back made one or two glaring errors, not least a sliced clearance that forced Jose Pinto to his fingertips to prevent an own goal.

  • Bartra
    18
    5
    3.00

    Bartra

    Made it hard for Park Chu-Young to establish a foothold into the game. Another promising display from the young defender, who rarely lost his poise.

  • Montoya
    23
    2
    3.50

    Montoya

    Agusto Fernandez really gave him a run for his money on the flanks, but the young full-back's defensive instincts really came to the fore.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    11
    13
    2.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    The former Arsenal captain had an indifferent game in midfield, falling short of offering his team the poise and tempo normally on display from Xavi.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    9
    14
    2.50

    Thiago Alcántara Flop of the Match

    Put in a fair bit of defensive work with a number of successful tackles completed in the middle of the park. But his offensive play was lacking.

  • Alex Song
    13
    3
    3.00

    Alex Song

    Struggled at times in the first half to avert the pressure from Celta away from his defence. He recovered somewhat after the interval to provide a more secure base to the midfield.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    10
    7
    3.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    In the first half, the Chilean often failed to utilize his speed effectively on the counter attack. But he was a much more effective presence after the break.

  • Lionel Messi
    63
    6
    4.50

    Lionel Messi

    Provided a great ball over the top releasing Cristian Tello for the equaliser. He later converted Tello's feed in the second half to set a record for scoring against every team in the league in his 19-game scoring streak.

  • Tello
    49
    1
    4.50

    Tello Top of the Match

    Latched onto a Lionel Messi pass and bent a wonderful finish into the far corner that was right out of the Thierry Henry catalogue. Drifted wide to great effect in the second half to set up Messi's goal.

Substitutions

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    23
    4
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Really provided an offensive boost for the Catalans with his silky footwork and penetration.

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
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0