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2 vs 1
Played
October 24, 2012 12:15 AM IST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ G. Rocchi‎
Attendance:‬ 77781‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 2-1 Celtic

Heartbreak for the Hoops as Fraser Forster's goalkeeping master class is undone as Jordi Alba scores in injury time to claim a Champions league victory for the Catalan outfit

By Matthew Harold

  • Víctor Valdés
    20
    23
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Spent a lot of his time bored as his side were continually in attacking positions, nothing that he could do about Mascherano’s own goal, but other than that had a quiet evening.

  • Bartra
    55
    6
    3.00

    Bartra

    The young defender slotted in nicely to the Barcelona rearguard and also offered his side extra assistance from set pieces as he used his height to great effect, had a header in the first half saved by Forster.

  • Jordi Alba
    58
    6
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    Like Adriano on the other side, he was given the freedom to roam forward as a result of the possession that Barcelona had throughout and had a couple of good breaks down the left, offering support when needed. Tapped home the winner right at the death.

  • Adriano
    44
    7
    2.50

    Adriano

    Enjoyed the freedom to race down the right wing and cause Izaguirre countless problems, the Brazilian also had a couple of efforts at goal and was rarely troubled at the back.

  • Xavi
    44
    8
    3.00

    Xavi

    The Barcelona puppet master, continually pulling the strings in the midfield as he led Celtic a merry dance with his outstanding vision of pass. Caused the rearguard for the Glasgow outfit problems throughout the game.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    52
    9
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Was at the end of a wonderful move that helped his side get back on level terms just before the half-time break. Like Xavi he continually caused the opposition probolems with his movement and passing.

  • Javier Mascherano
    31
    29
    2.00

    Javier Mascherano Flop of the Match

    Unfortunate to score an own goal as he diverted Samaras’ header beyond Valdes, but other than that he was rarely troubled by the Celtic attack and Hooper in particular. Although still looked capable of making a mistake at the back.

  • Alex Song
    34
    13
    3.00

    Alex Song

    Was the solid and dependable member of the home midfield as he looked to stop any sort of chances that Celtic attempted to create. Had a good chance to get a goal with less than nine minutes left.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    22
    25
    2.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    The quieter of the front three as he found Lustig a constant annoyance, cutting out any of the chances he tried to get on the end of early on. Found the Swede a handful throughout and was eventually substituted for Villa.

  • Lionel Messi
    74
    24
    3.00

    Lionel Messi

    Found a brick wall of a Celtic defence in the first half as he rarely could get by the rearguard in order to get a one-on-one sight at Forster’s goal. When he did he found the England stopper in world class form to deny him several times.

  • Pedro
    21
    24
    2.50

    Pedro

    Gave Izaguirre a torrid time as he hugged the right wing touchline, not allowing the Honduran to move inside and help the central pairing. But once he got the ball he always looked for either a cross or a strike as soon as possible. Replaced by Tello.

Substitutions

  • David Villa
    47
    7
    3.00

    David Villa

    Came on for Alexis to add more firepower, struck the post with an effort in injury time.

  • Tello
    30
    9
    2.50

    Tello

    Replaced Pedro as the home side went in search of the winner.

  • Fraser Forster
    53
    5
    4.00

    Fraser Forster Top of the Match

    Pulled off some world class saves, especially in the second half that will have Messi shaking his head for days to come. Will no doubt have Roy Hodgson wondering whether he's got more than one international stopper now.

  • E. Izaguirre
    7
    5
    3.00

    E. Izaguirre

    Found it troubling at the back dealing with Pedro, who was always looking to race down the line and as a result was forced to work overtime. Also had to deal with the threat from Adriano, with the defender powering forward.

  • E. Ambrose
    11
    5
    3.00

    E. Ambrose

    The big Nigerian centre-back was superb for the Hoops as he was constantly the last line of defence between Barcelona and Forster. Was calm under pressure throughout and looks a bargain for Neil Lennon.

  • Kelvin Wilson
    9
    4
    3.00

    Kelvin Wilson

    Was continually caught out as the Celtic defence looked to catch their opponents offside, but just like Ambrose he was strong and resolute at the back. Made a great tackle on Messi.

  • Charles Mulgrew
    10
    5
    3.00

    Charles Mulgrew

    Delivered some superb free-kicks and corners, especially the one that led to the opener. Wasn’t as effective in open play as he too was forced to deal with the might of the Barcelona midfield. Was replaced by Kayal late in the game.

  • M. Lustig
    7
    4
    3.00

    M. Lustig

    Stayed really tight on Alexis, not offering him any space in which to get on the end of a chance in order to score. Couldn’t offer as much support going forward as he would have liked due to the situation.

  • Scott Brown
    9
    4
    3.00

    Scott Brown

    Despite his chronic hip injury the Celtic skipper fought the pain and fought the Barcelona midfield to put in a more than credible performance. Never stopped working for the cause, was substituted for Commons on the hour mark.

  • Joe Ledley
    7
    4
    3.00

    Joe Ledley

    It was tough going for the Welsh midfielder as he was dealing with the best players in the world in front of him and couldn’t get forward as much as he would have wanted to as a result.

  • Victor Wanyama
    12
    9
    3.50

    Victor Wanyama

    Totally anonymous for most of the game, after the hype about him possibly moving to an English Premier League club the Kenyan failed to deliver as he was swamped by the Barcelona midfield. Did, however, stick to his defensive duties.

  • Georgios Samaras
    15
    4
    3.50

    Georgios Samaras

    Was forced off after 40 minutes with an ankle injury, but not before he had contributed to the opener for Celtic as he got onto Mulgrew’s free kick, which was deflected into his own net by Mascherano. Was a constant out ball for the Hoops while on the park.

  • Gary Hooper
    7
    4
    3.00

    Gary Hooper

    Was a lonely figure for most of the game as his midfield colleagues were forced further and further back. But when they could break he was always an available outlet for the Hoops.

Substitutions

  • Kris Commons
    6
    4
    3.00

    Kris Commons

    Came on for Brown on the hour mark and swung in a good cross in search of Forrest, but like the rest of his teammates, was forced to defend.

  • Beram Kayal
    5
    4
    3.00

    Beram Kayal

    Replaced Mulgrew as Celtic looked to see out the game.

  • James Forrest
    10
    4
    3.50

    James Forrest

    Replaced Samaras and offered Celtic something different for the Greek striker as he tried to use his pace against the Barcelona defence.

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