Did not have an awful lot to do on the night as the hard-working Valencia defence and midfield meant he went largely untested. He claimed most of the high balls into his area.
The powerful full-back kept Pedro quiet for the majority of the game. He was tidy in defence but was also keen to push forward and relieve the pressure on his side by contributing to the counter-attack.
A solid performance from the Frenchman as he kept the defence organised and tight in the face of one of the country's most fierce attacks. He never looked like being beaten aerially either.
Played with great intensity in midfield as he hounded the Barcelona players whenever they tried to settle on the ball. He did not get much time in possession himself, but his influence was important.
A brilliant display from the Mexican who looks to be enjoying life in a more advanced position on the left. He got into some dangerous positions and was not afraid to pull the trigger and test Valdes. His energy was infectious.
Despite picking up an early knock, the Portuguese soldiered on to put in a strong performance. He kept a close eye on Messi and was never too far from a Blaugrana shirt. He read the game very well.
Was leaving a lot of space behind him in the opening 30 minutes but regained his concentration and played a bit more conservatively. A rash challenge in the area enabled Messi to level from the spot.
An average night in midfield for the Argentine as he struggled to link to defence to attack due to the limited amount of possession enjoyed by his team. He put in plenty of work off the ball to make up for that though.
The Argentine was very impressive on the ball, getting his head up and looking to pick out the pass. He remained composed to control the ball and rifle in the game's opener and was the creative hub of his side throughout.
Provided a consistent outlet on the right and supplied some quality deliveries from the wide areas. The youngster did not look out of his depth against Barcelona and tracked back to help his side defend, too.
Appeared eager to make an influence on the game with some positive play in the first half. Should have worked Valdes with a header early in the second half and wasted a few more opportunities before the final whistle.
The keeper could perhaps have done better as Banega beat him at his near post in the first half. However, he more than atoned for that with a brilliant stop from Canales before a double-save at the death.
The left-back was full of energy against his former club, rampaging down the wing to great effect. He put a few quality crosses into the box and was rarely caught short at the back.
The Brazilian was nowhere near as threatening down the right flank as he usually is. He seemed to lack the will to get forward and stretch the Valencia defence and contributed to his team's lack of width.
A competent performance from the Spain international as he swept up a lot of Valencia attacks. His header fell to Banega for the first goal but there was not much more he could do to avoid it.
Always made himself available in the middle and distributed the ball well. He was calm on the ball, even when chased down and kept a cool head in a heated midfield battle.
The Argentine looked uncomfortable at the back, earning a booking for his poorly-timed tackle on Soldado in the first half. He continued to struggle and was replaced by Puyol in the 55th minute.
Began wide on the left and combined well with Alba, also allowing him to drift inside. He was very bright and made a number of delightful little passes and touches. He was at the heart of all things positive for the visitors.
Saw a lot of the ball in the opposing half and kept the game moving along nicely, but he was unable to engineer anything of significance for his side. Nevertheless, he was always comfortable in the ball.
Not one of his best performances for the Blaugrana as he struggled to get involved in the match. He found himself closed down very quickly and was unable to build anything for his team-mates.
Was fairly quiet for much of the first half until his pass led to the awarding of a penalty. He then dispatched it in glorious fashion to score for a record 12th consecutive La Liga game. He contributed very little in the second half too.
Struggled up against Cissokho and was unable to use his pace in the wide areas. He did not get many opportunities to run at the defender and left Barcelona short of creativity in the final third.
Replaced Mascherano in the 55th minute and added a bit more solidity to the defence. He also ensured that Barcelona were stronger in the air.
Was given a warm welcome when he replaced Fabregas in the 72nd minute. Almost upset them with a shot that dropped just wide of the goal and was generally lively.