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October 5, 2013 9:00 PM WAT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Fernando Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 64659‎
 
Javi Guerra 10′
52′ Xavi
 
 
70′ Neymar
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 4-1 Valladolid

Goal rates the performances of the players at Camp Nou as Alexis Sanchez and Neymar shone for Tata Martino's side, who made it eight wins from their first eight games in la Liga

By Charlie Scott

  • Víctor Valdés
    5
    3
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Could do nothing about Guerra's headed goal, and apart from picking the ball out of the net on that occasion, he had very little to do.

  • Piqué
    5
    1
    3.00

    Piqué

    It was a fairly comfortable evening for the Spain international but there were a couple of lapses in concentration in the first half when Ebert and Bergdich broke to good effect for the visitors

  • Bartra
    2
    0
    3.50

    Bartra

    Having reiterated his desire to extend his contract at the club earlier this week, the composed centre-back put in a strong showing for the Blaugrana.

  • Adriano
    4
    1
    3.00

    Adriano

    His performance was tarnished by his failure to track the run of Guerra when the Valladolid striker opened the scoring early on. Otherwise, he was dangerous going forward, linking well with Tello.

  • Daniel Alves
    2
    1
    3.50

    Daniel Alves

    The full-back is used to playing alongside Neymar for the Brazil national team and their understanding of one another's play reached near-telepathic levels this evening as they combined to great effect.

  • Xavi
    5
    3
    3.00

    Xavi

    The experienced Spain international was guilty of wasting a few set pieces, but he made amends for that with a lovely finish shortly after the break.

  • Alex Song
    8
    6
    3.00

    Alex Song

    Replaced Busquets in the starting line-up and performed that holding role well, playing neat, simple passes to his team-mates and breaking up some of Valladolid's attacks.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    4
    1
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    The scheming midfielder was involved in some of Barca's most eye-catching moves, and he was very comfortable in possession throughout.

  • Neymar
    28
    9
    4.50

    Neymar Top of the Match

    The former Santos man led the line brilliantly in the absence of the injured Messi, and he crowned his display with a goal in the second half. His pace and trickery will give Rueda and Pena nightmares for days to come.

  • Tello
    7
    1
    3.00

    Tello

    Tormented Rukavina and played a key role in his side's victory by supplying the assists for the first and second goals. Also struck the bar with a fine right-footed effort in the second half.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    6
    2
    4.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    The Chile international has flattered to deceive at times for the Blaugrana but tonight he was superb. Scored an unstoppable equalising goal, before adding a further goal and an assist after the break.

Substitutions

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    7
    0
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Brought on after the break and showed his typical class on the ball to keep possession for his side.

  • Busquets
    4
    1
    3.00

    Busquets

    Blocked a goal-bound effort from Osorio late on.

  • Pedro
    1
    0
    3.00

    Pedro

    Set Alexis up with a great pass in the closing minutes of the game that the Chilean should have profited from.

  • Diego Mariño
    0
    0
    2.50

    Diego Mariño

    Pulled off a wonderful save to keep out Bartra before being beaten four times by some clinical Barcelona finishing.

  • Antonio Rukavina
    0
    0
    2.50

    Antonio Rukavina

    The Serbian full-back had a torrid time against the likes of Tello and Neymar. He was pinned back for large portions of the game so had no opportunity to get forward.

  • Marc Valiente
    2
    0
    3.00

    Marc Valiente

    Playing against familiar faces having grown up at La Masia alongside Pique and Fabregas, the centre-back was typically composed, with one sliding tackle on Tello in the 16th minute a particular highlight.

  • Jesús Rueda
    1
    2
    2.00

    Jesús Rueda Flop of the Match

    Would have liked to have done better against Alexis, as he was beaten twice at important times when the Chilean scored Barcelona's first and third goals.

  • Carlos Peña
    0
    0
    2.50

    Carlos Peña

    Fortunate not to concede a penalty when he bundled through the back of Neymar midway through the first half. A fairly haphazard performance from the left-back.

  • Zakarya Bergdich
    1
    0
    3.00

    Zakarya Bergdich

    The Morocco international pushed forward well down the left, and was involved in the move that won the corner, from which Guerra scored.

  • Fausto Rossi
    0
    0
    2.50

    Fausto Rossi

    The young midfielder on loan from Juventus was full of running without having much of an impact on the game.

  • Javier Baraja Vegas
    0
    1
    2.50

    Javier Baraja Vegas

    The Valladolid captain stood out with his tackling and passing in the first half, but his performance took a rather rapid decline after the break.

  • Omar
    0
    0
    3.00

    Omar

    The attacking midfielder's only contribution of note was to pick up a yellow card for a crazy challenge on Alves late in the game. His passing was wayward throughout.

  • Patrick Ebert
    0
    0
    2.50

    Patrick Ebert

    Played some thoughtful passes and provided the assist for Guerra's headed goal in the 10th minute. Replaced late on by Rama.

  • Javi Guerra
    1
    1
    3.00

    Javi Guerra

    Ploughing a lone furrow up front, the Spaniard impressed against Pique and Bartra, and his 10th minute goal was a just reward for his efforts. Replaced by Osorio on the hour mark.

Substitutions

  • Valdet Rama
    1
    0
    2.00

    Valdet Rama

    Had little impact on the game after replacing Ebert in the 71st minute.

  • H. Osorio
    0
    1
    2.00

    H. Osorio

    Brought on for Guerra after an hour, the Colombian was quite, but for one well-struck effort that Busquets blocked behind for a corner.

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
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0