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September 14, 2013 2:00 PM EDT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ César Muñiz‎
Attendance:‬ 76765‎
 
36′ Daniel Alves
Ivan Rakitic 80′
75′ Lionel Messi
Coke 90′
90+4′ Alexis Sánchez
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 3-2 Sevilla

Goal rates the players on show as Alexis Sanchez earns a last-minute winner for Los Cules

By Martin Macdonald

  • Víctor Valdés
    5
    3
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Should have done better with Rakitic's goal as the Croatian's strike seemed to be quite central. Could do nothing with Coke's strike as he was let down by his defense. Distribution was superb throughout the match.

  • Piqué
    9
    6
    3.50

    Piqué

    Still struggles without his regular defensive partner in Puyol as he needs someone to organize things around him. No denying his quality on the ball though, as he regularly broke out of defense to instigate attacks.

  • Jordi Alba
    7
    3

    Jordi Alba

    Started the match well and burst down the left a few times, but was withdrawn early doors with what appeared to be a shin injury.

  • Daniel Alves
    15
    1
    3.50

    Daniel Alves

    Broke the deadlock for Barca in the first half as he drifted in at the back post to squeeze his header over the line. Didn't form too much of a link-up with Tello or Alexis though and his attacking play was minimal compared to usual.

  • Xavi
    13
    2
    3.00

    Xavi

    Kept the ball superbly all evening and was always looking to create in the final third. Slipped a few wonderful passes into the channels but seemed more reluctant than usual to utilize his signature passes out wide to the oncoming full backs.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    14
    3
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Displayed a first touch to die for all evening and was always a danger in between the Sevilla defense and midfield. Saw plenty of the ball but his performance just lacked that killer pass, goal or dribble.

  • Javier Mascherano
    13
    2
    4.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Was involved in a duel with Gameiro all night but kept the Frenchman relatively at bay and didn't allow him too much room to maneuver. Put in a couple of extremely important last-ditch challenges at the back post.

  • Busquets
    12
    2
    3.50

    Busquets

    A quiet yet assured performance tonight. Didn't get involved in much of the attacking play for Barcelona but was available for the pass at all times and cleaned things up in the middle of the park.

  • Lionel Messi
    36
    6
    4.00

    Lionel Messi Top of the Match

    Had a quiet match by his standards then burst into life late on to win Barca the match. Adjusted his body brilliantly to net his first and showed awesome determination in his assist for the winner.

  • Neymar
    40
    3
    4.00

    Neymar

    Was Barcelona's best player on the night and showed glimpses of his Santos form. Ran Coke absolutely ragged all night with his scintillating pace and skill. Once again assisted a Messi goal.

  • Tello
    4
    6
    3.00

    Tello

    Displayed his blistering pace at times early on but drifted out of the match as time went on and looked reluctant to stretch his legs down the wing. Came off on the hour mark for Alexis.

Substitutions

  • Adriano
    9
    0
    3.00

    Adriano

    Looked very hungry for a goal after coming on but instead grabbed an assist as he set up Dani Alves' opener.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    12
    2
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Came on midway through the second half and was effective immediately as he had a hand in Messi's goal.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    14
    2
    3.50

    Alexis Sánchez

    Won the match for Barcelona as he showed his predatory instincts inside the box to stab the ball home.

  • Beto
    2
    2
    3.50

    Beto

    Was busy early on as he denied Neymar and Xavi within the first few minutes of play. Got a hand on Alves' header but just couldn't keep the strike from going over the line.

  • Fernando Navarro
    2
    2
    3.00

    Fernando Navarro

    Formed a pretty solid defensive barrier with Cala at the back and put his head on anything aerial that came into the box. Put in a couple of very important blocks also but allowed Messi to drift in to score the second Barca goal.

  • Cala
    1
    2
    3.50

    Cala

    Organized the defense excellently and hooked a number of crosses out of the box with last-ditch challenges. Extremely unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as he was denied by the referee for a soft foul on Pique.

  • Coke
    1
    2
    2.50

    Coke

    Was run ragged by an in-form Neymar all night and struggled terribly at times to deal with his pace and skill. Got lucky a few times in the tackle against him but didn't really know whether to sit or dive in for the challenge.

  • Alberto
    1
    2
    3.00

    Alberto

    All the play went down Barcelona's left-hand side so perhaps got off a little easy with his defensive duties. However, when called into action he wasn't great as he allowed Dani Alves to drift in at the back post to score the opening goal.

  • S. Cristóforo
    2
    2
    3.00

    S. Cristóforo

    Looked slightly out-of-sorts early on as he allowed Barcelona to run through him. However, recovered well and got involved in the hustle and bustle in midfield and picked out a few nice passes.

  • Ivan Rakitic
    9
    2
    3.00

    Ivan Rakitic

    Was Sevilla's best player by a mile and was always looking to create in the final third. His set pieces caused chaos for Barcelona all evening and he got his side back into the match with a superb drilled strike from just inside the box.

  • Jairo
    1
    2
    3.00

    Jairo

    Was the quietest of the Sevilla frontline as the play mainly went down the opposite flank. Showed flashes of his pace and speed down the right but just struggled to affect the match too much.

  • Vitolo
    2
    2
    3.50

    Vitolo

    Provided an outlet for the away side down the left-hand side and was involved in a cracking duel with Dani Alves. Showed superb determination and strength to get the better of Mascherano inside the box which lead to his assist for Rakitic's goal.

  • Stéphane M'Bia
    1
    4
    2.50

    Stéphane M'Bia

    Was the luckiest man in Catalunya tonight as he should have been sent off. Put a hand in the face of Neymar to earn his first booking and then luckily got away with blatantly pushing the Brazilian out of the park. Subbed before the hour mark.

  • Kevin Gameiro
    3
    2
    2.50

    Kevin Gameiro Flop of the Match

    Put in a brilliant shift up front considering he was playing as a lone striker at Camp Nou. Was assured in his touch in the final third and helped introduce other players into the match. Just lacked a shot on goal or a killer pass.

Substitutions

  • Marko Marin
    2
    2
    3.00

    Marko Marin

    Almost stole the points for Sevilla with a whipped strike towards the top corner that went just wide.

  • Piotr Trochowski
    4
    2
    3.00

    Piotr Trochowski

    Returned from injury tonight and looked comfortable in possession after coming on.

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
Atlético de 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