In truth, he was not forced into many difficult saves, but did absolutely everything else that was required of him.
Like his defensive partner Arribas, he was stout and steady for large spells, and did his best to get his team a result.
Like Silva in the centre of the park, he barely put a foot wrong, breaking up play constantly in front of the defence.
Though Pedro slipped in behind him once or twice in the first half, he was still strong throughout and drifted infield to cover his central defensive team-mates well.
Never looked to get forward, but tended to his defensive duties well, making sure that Barca found it hard to advance down his side of the pitch.
Did not put a single foot wrong throughout the game, as he came up with a number of fine individual defensive plays. Thwarted Pedro and Fabregas each on good openings.
Never got involved in attack, and crucially, provided little help in his own half.
A tireless performer in the middle of the park, protecting his defence well and working with his team-mates to deny the Catalans space on a number of attacking opportunities.
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Not much happened through him offensively, but he played his part to stifle the opposition and secure the result.
Defended from the front well, and was a decent outlet on a few counter attacks.
Did not have anything meaningful to do throughout as the hosts never really attacked.
Should have opened the scoring with a free header from a corner towards the end of the first half. Otherwise, he was solid at the back, dealing with what little came his way.
Like Montoya on the opposite flank, Adriano functioned effectively as an extra winger throughout the game, moving the ball inside and out, and coming close to picking out the killer pass a few times.
Took care of his defensive duties, but was very wasteful and didn't offer anything in attack, with a few moves ending at his feet.
On his return from injury, the Blaugrana skipper had a fairly comfortable outing, as the home side rarely found the measure to really put pressure on him in the attacking third.
As ever, he was impossible to shackle and wriggled his way in and out of traffic throughout. Had one or two chances to score, but his shooting was rather tame.
Moved well off the ball, but was usually thwarted once he got into range of goal by the defence. A largely frustrating game for him.
A typical day at the office for Xavi, who sprayed the ball around with his usual authority and also caused a bit of danger at times from his deliveries on set plays.
Like the back four that he was tasked with protecting, he rarely had a lot of work to do, but accomplished his fairly routine tasks with little fuss.
Moved into a fair number of threatening positions, but fluffed his lines at every opportunity. Could and perhaps should have given Barcelona the lead on more than one occasion.
His runs and movement kept the defence on its toes, and he was able to link fantastically well with the rest of his team-mates. The most dangerous attacker for the Catalans.