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4 vs 2
Played
May 5, 2013 10:00 PM EAT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Clos Gómez‎
Attendance:‬ 67185‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 4-2 Real Betis

Goal rates the players on show as Lionel Messi came off the bench to score two fantastic goals and lead his side to the brink of regaining their Liga crown

By Tom Webber

  • José Pinto Colorado
    8
    2
    3.00

    José Pinto Colorado

    Gifted Betis the ball far too easily in the build up to the opening goal but there was very little he could do to keep out Perez's stunning strike. He never really inspired confidence in his defence.

  • Daniel Alves
    7
    2
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    Pushed on regularly and swung some impressive crosses into the penalty area from the right, one of which created Villa's goal. However, his willingness to get forward did see him leave a lot of space in behind which Betis did well to exploit.

  • Piqué
    9
    3
    2.50

    Piqué

    Proved incapable of being the organiser in defence as Barca once more looked extremely porous. He was poor positionally and was far too eager to get forward, leaving huge spaces in behind.

  • Jordi Alba
    11
    2
    3.50

    Jordi Alba

    Failed to keep up with Pabon as the Colombian opened the scoring in the second minute. However, he continually pushed on to support Tello and defensively he was largely solid.

  • Adriano
    8
    3
    3.00

    Adriano

    Playing as a centre-back, the Brazilian was caught out of position inside two minutes as Pabon netted a surprise opener. He eventually gathered himself and made some top-drawer challenges to thwart the Betis attackers.

  • Xavi
    12
    2
    3.50

    Xavi

    Bossed the midfield with high-quality passing and offered the penetration that may have been missing in recent weeks. He got in behind himself a couple of times and probably should have looked to shoot more often.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    13
    2
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    An elegant, classy performance from the midfielder. He displayed brilliant craft as he picked out a number of brilliant passes. A sublime run and cross from the left was headed in by Alexis for Barca's first.

  • Alex Song
    10
    4
    3.00

    Alex Song

    Always offered a route back for his team-mates and was a key link between defence and attack. He patrolled the middle effectively and could regularly be found within a close proximity to the ball.

  • David Villa
    10
    8
    3.50

    David Villa

    Showed some very intelligent movement inside the area but just could not find the back of the net, despite a host of chances. Eventually got his goal in the second half but was immediately substituted afterwards.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    16
    3
    4.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    Made a great run to nod in his team's equaliser after just nine minutes and consistently got on the ball and looked to test the Betis defenders. Lost the ball in a vital area as Perez added the visitors' second.

  • Tello
    12
    3
    3.00

    Tello

    The young winger impressed again as he caused no end of problems down the left with his electric pace. He created plenty of chances for his team-mates and came close to scoring with a thunderous effort that rattled the bar.

Substitutions

  • Thiago Alcántara
    8
    1

    Thiago Alcántara

    Replaced Sanchez in the 79th minute and did not have time to influence the game.

  • Busquets
    8
    1

    Busquets

    Brought on in place of Song in the closing minutes.

  • Lionel Messi
    38
    2
    4.50

    Lionel Messi Top of the Match

    Came on for Villa in the 56th minute and lifted the stadium. Scored a sublime free kick and then cracked one against the frame of the goal before finishing off a scintillating move to get his second.

  • Adrián San Miguel Del Castillo
    1
    1
    3.00

    Adrián San Miguel Del Castillo

    The keeper was kept busy for much of the game as Barcelona created dozens of opportunities to find the net. On most occasions he positioned himself brilliantly to make the stop but he had no response for the introduction of Messi.

  • Chica
    1
    2
    2.50

    Chica Flop of the Match

    Had a torrid afternoon as Tello continually beat him for pace in the wide areas. The right-back was beaten time and again by the young winger and had very little response.

  • Mario
    0
    1
    3.00

    Mario

    Read the game well at the heart of the defence and swept up well at the back. He kept a close watch on runners coming through the middle and made some crucial challenges and interceptions.

  • Amaya
    0
    1
    2.50

    Amaya

    The imposing centre-back made some decent interceptions early on but was at times overly physical. He failed to communicate with his keeper and left Villa free to nod in Barca's second of the night.

  • Álex Martínez
    0
    1
    2.50

    Álex Martínez

    Created the opening goal with a powerful header back into the danger area, but defensively he was found wanting. He allowed Sanchez to get in front of him to equalise early on and gave the Chilean far too much space.

  • Rubén Pérez
    0
    1
    4.00

    Rubén Pérez

    Scored his first Liga goal and it will certainly be one to remember as it arrowed into the top corner. He always had his head up and looked to play the easy ball, supplying the forwards with consistent service.

  • N. Igiebor
    0
    1
    3.50

    N. Igiebor

    The Nigerian was incredibly calm in possession and managed to slow the play at the right moments. He was considered on the ball and managed to orchestrate the Betis attack well.

  • Salva Sevilla
    0
    1
    3.00

    Salva Sevilla

    Brought plenty of energy into midfield as he looked to charge forward and offer support on the counterattack whenever possible. He had a deflected effort saved by Pinto and chased the ball consistently in midfield.

  • Jorge Molina
    0
    1
    3.00

    Jorge Molina

    Got the slightest of touches on Martinez's header to earn an assist for Pabon. He looked dangerous on the break but was withdrawn at half-time.

  • D. Pabón
    3
    1
    4.00

    D. Pabón

    The Colombian kept Jordi Alba busy with his running down the right flank. He showed not only his blistering pace but a top level of composure to slot in the opening goal.

  • Rubén Castro
    0
    1
    3.00

    Rubén Castro

    Looked to make the most of the space in behind Dani Alves with some positive runs, but his delivery was not always the best. Still, he restricted the amount of time the Brazilian could push on with his opportunistic runs.

Substitutions

  • Vadillo
    0
    1
    2.50

    Vadillo

    Replaced Salva Sevilla on the hour mark but failed to add anything to his side and if anything he left them more vulnerable.

  • Beñat
    0
    1
    3.00

    Beñat

    Brought on in place of Molina at half-time and used the ball well. His passing was crisp but he could have done with getting on the ball in more dangerous areas.

  • Joel Campbell
    1
    1
    2.50

    Joel Campbell

    Came on in place of Igiebor with 69 minutes played but could not use his pace to worry the Barca defence.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid CF
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid CF
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0