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Played
November 18, 2012 3:00 AM MYT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Miguel Ayza‎
Attendance:‬ 73428‎
 
16′ Lionel Messi
Montañés 24′
28′ Alex Song
 
60′ Lionel Messi
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 3-1 Real Zaragoza

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at Camp Nou as a Lionel Messi double helped the Blaugrana to their 11th win in 12 league games

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Víctor Valdés
    21
    5
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Could do little for Zaragoza's goal, and was a spectator for large periods during the match.

  • Piqué
    32
    4
    3.50

    Piqué

    Reunited alongside regular partner Puyol, and was his usual calm self at the back, dealing with whatever Zaragoza threw his way, and dropping deep on occasion to cover for the veteran.

  • Carles Puyol
    40
    3
    3.50

    Carles Puyol

    The Blaugrana skipper stepped back into the side after his nasty arm injury against Benfica, allowing Barca to play with two natural centre-backs in defence for the first time in weeks. It showed, as Zaragoza found it hard to create many clear-cut opportunities.

  • Jordi Alba
    40
    4
    4.00

    Jordi Alba

    Excellent on the overlap, especially during the opening exchanges as he set up a pair of opportunities for Messi, one of which was converted for the first goal of the match. A constant threat in the attacking third.

  • Montoya
    28
    7
    3.00

    Montoya

    Involved in the attack, and set up Messi's second with a typical overlapping run. His defensive game was solid, as the Zaragoza wide men were unable to really run at him, despite having a few opportunities to do so.

  • Xavi
    35
    4
    4.00

    Xavi

    Calm and composed in the middle of the park, doing what he does best - facilitating the players around him with effective and accurate passing. Metronome-like on the night.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    31
    8
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Drifted between the Zaragoza midfield and defensive lines to good effect, and always looked to feed his teammates on the run. Had a pair of chances to score himself - a shot from a tight angle that hit the side netting, and a cracking effort that hit the bar after good work to cut inside.

  • Alex Song
    36
    7
    4.00

    Alex Song

    Given a run out in his preferred central midfield position, and scored his first goal for his new club with a simple finish from a Messi cut-back. Gave a good account of himself by breaking up a few attacks, though some of his more ambitious passes left a lot to be desired.

  • David Villa
    24
    7
    3.00

    David Villa

    Rather quiet outing for the former Valencia man, who was overshadowed by the brilliance of Messi and departed yet again before the full-time whistle, having failed to contribute any real telling moments.

  • Lionel Messi
    92
    3
    4.50

    Lionel Messi Top of the Match

    The heart of everything good in the attacking third for the home side. At his deadly best with two goals of high quality - a delightful first touch and finish, and a curler into the corner from the edge of the box. Laid on Song's first Blaugrana goal for good measure. Simply unstoppable.

  • Pedro
    23
    7
    3.50

    Pedro

    Always involved in the attack, and though he did not come up with a killer blow, his ease in possession and poise on the ball was an asset for his side.

Substitutions

  • Bartra
    21
    2
    3.00

    Bartra

    Relatively untroubled at the back in his spell off the pine.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    24
    3
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    A few nice touches in his cameo.

  • Tello
    23
    2
    3.00

    Tello

    Some bursts of pace, but nothing really decisive.

  • Roberto
    1
    1
    2.50

    Roberto

    Was well-beaten three times by Barca, though two of the goals he conceded came in front of a packed defence, making it hard for him to see the ball.

  • Paredes
    1
    1
    2.50

    Paredes

    Given a touch time at the back as the pressure from Barca was too much to handle at times. Did not always have the quality to keep up.

  • Álvaro
    2
    1
    3.00

    Álvaro

    Simply schooled by Messi for Barca's first, as the Argentine's first touch was too good, leaving him chasing both ball and man. Recovered otherwise, but that mistake cost his team at a crucial spell.

  • Goni
    0
    1
    3.00

    Goni

    Worked extremely hard to deny Barca space, but was given the slip once or twice by Iniesta and Messi during moments that could have proved fatal.

  • Movilla
    3
    0
    3.50

    Movilla

    Put in a good shift in midfield, and never let his concentration dip for one second. A diligent display that probably deserved a better outcome.

  • Apoño
    0
    2
    2.00

    Apoño Flop of the Match

    Often left chasing shadows in midfield, and offered little to stop the play of Iniesta, Messi and Xavi in central areas.

  • Montañés
    3
    1
    3.50

    Montañés

    Brought his side level for a brief moment with an opportunistic strike from the edge of the box to make it 1-1. Provided some occasional thrust out wide when Zaragoza looked to break.

  • Franco Zuculini
    2
    2
    3.50

    Franco Zuculini

    Gave his side plenty of positive moments down the right wing as his willingness to get to the byeline, forcing Alba to defend on occasion and give his flank some relief on the defensive side. One such run ended up winning a corner that set the events of their first half goal in motion.

  • A. Pintér
    2
    2
    2.50

    A. Pintér

    Beaten for pace by Messi on more than one occasion, and was caught tucked too far towards the goalline on the Argentine's second goal.

  • Carlos Aranda
    0
    3
    3.00

    Carlos Aranda

    Found a few channels to run towards goal, but too often, the service was lacking. Hard worker, but largely frustrated.

  • Víctor Rodríguez
    1
    2
    2.50

    Víctor Rodríguez

    Did not offer his team much in attack, and all too often, was guilty of letting the game pass him by.

Substitutions

  • Stefan Babovic
    0
    1
    2.50

    Stefan Babovic

    Rather uninspired in his spell off the bench.

  • Lucas Wilchez
    0
    2
    2.50

    Lucas Wilchez

    Could not stem the tide of Barca's dominance.

  • Hélder Postiga
    0
    2
    2.50

    Hélder Postiga

    Did not get much action in front of goal.

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
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0