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August 18, 2013 1:00 PM EDT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Carlos Del Cerro‎
Attendance:‬ 73812‎
 
 
12′ Lionel Messi
 
23′ Daniel Alves
 
26′ Pedro
 
42′ (PG) Lionel Messi
 
45′ Xavi
 
73′ Pedro
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 7-0 Levante

Goal was on hand to cast judgement over Barcelona's convincing 7-0 win over Levante at Camp Nou, as Lionel Messi starred with two goals, and Neymar made an encouraging debut.

By Simon Harrison

  • Víctor Valdés
    21
    2
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Remained relatively untroubled for the majority of the game, being forced into a couple of comfortable saves in the later stages.

  • Piqué
    21
    2
    3.50

    Piqué

    Spent more time in the opposition half than his own in the second 45 minutes, trying his luck on two occasions after marauding forward through the centre. Saw one particular volley blocked, and was comfortable in dealing with the isolated Barral.

  • Adriano
    19
    3
    3.50

    Adriano

    Had a solid game, performing his duties efficiently and also covering well on the rare occasion when Levante would get in behind the Barca lines. Went close with a double chance in the first half.

  • Daniel Alves
    23
    2
    3.50

    Daniel Alves

    Took his goal exceptionally well, participating stylishly in the build up to his goal, while finishing with aplomb. Provided plenty of energy from the right.

  • Xavi
    24
    1
    4.00

    Xavi

    His range of passing was predictably excellent, playing some beautifully-weighted balls into the Levante penalty area in the first half. His goal was scrappy, as he poked the ball home but generally dictated the play.

  • Javier Mascherano
    23
    2
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Made one exceptional sliding tackle to deny Barral, but otherwise wasn't tested too often. Was outmuscled in his own penalty area by Barral late in the game, which almost lead to a goal, but was otherwise solid.

  • Busquets
    21
    2
    3.50

    Busquets

    Sat in front of the defence, permitting the likes of Dani Alves and Pique to hare forward at any given opportunity. Settled Barca down nicely in the opening twenty minutes, stroking the ball around well and keeping things ticking over.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    54
    2
    4.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Excellent performance, providing the ammunition for Lionel Messi with worrying regularity. His delightfully clipped balls over the Levante defence were predictable yet unstoppable, and picked up a couple of assists for his great performance in the final third. Was denied well by Navas when he looked to score himself too.

  • Pedro
    35
    3
    5.00

    Pedro

    Two goals for the diminutive Spaniard, in a fiery performance. Dangerous when cutting inside, and always an option when he pulled out to the left-hand side. A menace for his marker, and took his goals brilliantly.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    29
    2
    4.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    Repaid Martino's faith with a third-minute goal, even though it was just a matter of being in the right position to turn home from six yards. Was a willing runner, causing several problems for Juanfran with his pace.

  • Lionel Messi
    53
    2
    5.00

    Lionel Messi Top of the Match

    Took his two goals well, and gave a very encouraging performance considering that the Argentine was returning from a thigh strain. Untouchable while in possession, he was a nightmare for the opposition defence, and the interchange between himself and Fabregas caused all kinds of mayhem.

Substitutions

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    16
    1
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Sat deeper than he may normally be deployed, but spread the play wide to Neymar well on several occasions. Didn't get enough minutes to make a huge impact.

  • Neymar
    19
    3
    3.00

    Neymar

    After a nervous start in which he lost possession a few times, the more of the ball he saw, the more confident he became. Tore Pedro Lopez apart on several occasions, with his sheer pace and change of direction, but his deliveries from the byline couldn't quite be turned home by the likes of Tello. Encouraging.

  • Tello
    12
    1

    Tello

    Had a couple of half chances to try to test Navas, but the space didn't quite open up for the Spaniard. Kept things simple and didn't look out of place, but didn't have the same spark as Neymar's introduction.

  • K. Navas
    5
    4
    3.00

    K. Navas

    Good performance from the besieged goalkeeper, as he made several reflex saves to prevent his side from reaching double figures of conceded goals. Was unquestionably the best player on the pitch for the away side, and was unfortunate to have to pick the ball from his net so frequently.

  • David Navarro
    1
    5
    1.50

    David Navarro

    Struggled to deal with both the skill and pace of the Barca forwards, as the Levante back line was relentlessly moved and stretched by Blaugrana's movement. A night to put behind him.

  • Héctor Rodas
    1
    6
    1.00

    Héctor Rodas Flop of the Match

    Had a torrid time, picking up a yellow card and generally spending the match chasing shadows. Fabregas and Messi were able to play either through him, or chip the ball over him, and did so with almost comedic regularity.

  • Juan García García
    2
    3
    2.00

    Juan García García

    Performed one nice bit of skill in the second half, but otherwise struggled against the pace of Alexis.

  • Pedro López
    1
    3
    1.50

    Pedro López

    Struggled with the pace of the forwards and also the tendency of both Barca wingers to cut inside whenever possible. Chased shadows with the rest of his team-mates.

  • Nabil El Zhar
    3
    3
    1.50

    Nabil El Zhar

    Didn't make any kind of impact, as Levante rarely held onto the ball for long periods. Had no joy whatsoever, as Busquets patrolled the space in behind Barral, while Adriano and Dani Alves mopped up any scraps.

  • Rubén
    1
    3
    2.00

    Rubén

    Was overrun in the midfield, but battled quite well. Quite an experience for the young man, given that he's touted for bigger things, but he was let down by the rest of his midfield.

  • Xumi
    1
    1
    2.00

    Xumi

    A night to forget for the winger. Rarely troubled the opposition as Levante struggled to put the Catalans under any pressure. Booked later on in the match.

  • Sergio da Silva Pinto
    1
    3
    1.50

    Sergio da Silva Pinto

    Levante wouldn't have struggled too much without him on the field, as their midfield was barely present as a force. Replaced at the break after failing to impose himself on the game.

  • Simão
    1
    4
    2.00

    Simão

    Also replaced at half-time, as Caparros looked to try to stem the tide in midfield. After featuring rarely for Levante last season, his performance will have done little to persuade his coach of what he can offer.

  • David Barral
    5
    3
    2.50

    David Barral

    Isolated in the first half, but was bright in the second. Created a couple of chances for himself after the break, testing Valdes on one occasion, and using his strength well to beat Mascherano to a loose ball for the second. Able to beat a man and reasonable tenacious.

Substitutions

  • Issam El Adoua
    0
    5
    2.00

    Issam El Adoua

    His introduction did little to prevent the central midfield void for Levante, and his early yellow card robbed him of the chase to physically impose himself on the more technically gifted Barca midfield.

  • Pallardó
    2
    4
    2.00

    Pallardó

    Performed bravely in the wall to deny Lionel Messi another chance of scoring, but aside from this, the Spaniard provided workrate.

  • Andreas Ivanschitz
    0
    4
    2.50

    Andreas Ivanschitz

    Tested Valdes late on with a well-struck free kick, and looked a little more exciting than any of Levante's midfield options had previously managed. Was tenacious when required and looks like a safe bet to come into Levante's next starting XI.

Results
 
Player Ratings
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Position
Ranking
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Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
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28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
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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