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November 23, 2013 10:00 AM EST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Antonio Mateu‎
Attendance:‬ 71518‎
 
 
40′ (PG) Cesc Fàbregas
 
 
90′ Pedro
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 4-0 Granada

Barcelona was inspired by its creative captain Andres Iniesta, who converted a penalty and drove his side forward to victory.

By Simon Harrison

  • José Pinto Colorado
    51
    9
    3.50

    José Pinto Colorado

    Made a couple of good saves on his way to a clean sheet, but was relatively untroubled by any other Granada player other than Piti.

  • Montoya
    38
    15
    3.00

    Montoya

    Made a few important defensive headers at the back post, but was occasionally caused the odd problem by the dribbling of Brahimi.

  • Piqué
    38
    16
    3.00

    Piqué

    Solid performance from the Spain international, but won't want to be reminded of his terrible attempt at goal in the second half!

  • Bartra
    74
    9
    3.50

    Bartra

    A very solid game from the young central defender, clearing up the scraps well and making one excellent block to deny Nyom in the second half.

  • Adriano
    39
    11
    3.00

    Adriano

    Wasn't caused too many problems down the right hand side, as Granada generally focused their attention to Brahimi down the left. Steady game from the Brazilian.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    68
    14
    3.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Played a few excellent defence-splitting balls, and took his penalty exceptionally well, coolly sending Roberto the wrong way.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    65
    11
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    His drive was infectious, as the captain causing all manner of problems in the first half, committing defenders, trying cute flicked through balls and generally terrorising the opposition. Took his penalty with consummate ease.

  • Busquets
    53
    8
    3.50

    Busquets

    Calm and composed in the middle of midfield, and broke up a few of Granada's attempted forays forward. A performance of what you've come to expect from the Spain international.

  • Pedro
    39
    21
    3.00

    Pedro

    Deserved his goal after plenty of determination in the later stages. Caused both Nyom and Foulquier problems with his quick feet and trickery. Finished excellently for his goal, but did miss an absolute sitter.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    66
    11
    3.50

    Alexis Sánchez

    Continued his good run of recent form, with his pace and trickery giving Foulquier a tough task for the afternoon of keeping tabs on the Chilean. Deserved his place on the scoresheet.

  • Neymar
    105
    15
    3.50

    Neymar Top of the Match

    Displayed his excellent technical ability throughout, ghosting around players as though they weren't there and continually opening up space for others.

Substitutions

  • Alex Song
    10
    0

    Alex Song

    Came back from guiding his team to the World Cup but only got 15 minutes to show what he could do here.

  • Sergi Roberto
    11
    1

    Sergi Roberto

    A replacement for Alexis but didn't really have enough time to make an impact.

  • Adama Traoré
    10
    0

    Adama Traoré

    A substitute appearance for the youngster who will surely get more minutes to show what he can do in the future.

  • Roberto
    9
    4
    3.00

    Roberto

    Somewhat helpless in the Granada goal, as he made a couple of top stops, but wasn't helped whatsoever by the defense in front of him.

  • Allan Nyom
    5
    10
    3.00

    Allan Nyom

    Wasted a good opportunity in the second half which was blocked by Bartra, but his athleticism allowed for him to stay with Pedro for much of the game.

  • Pape Diakhaté
    4
    12
    2.00

    Pape Diakhaté

    Fouled Fabregas for one of the first half penalties, and struggled to deal with the pace and quick feet that he was faced with.

  • Dimitri Foulquier
    3
    10
    2.50

    Dimitri Foulquier

    Turned inside out at times, though the Frenchman was played slightly out of position. A game to forget against very testing opposition wingers.

  • Murillo
    3
    6
    2.00

    Murillo

    Made two key interceptions to deny Pedro and Alexis, but his efforts were mostly in vain. An afternoon to move on from.

  • Fran Rico
    5
    5
    2.50

    Fran Rico

    Provided a link between defence and offense at times for Granada, and did look comfortable while in possession, but didn't create anything.

  • Yacine Brahimi
    10
    4
    3.00

    Yacine Brahimi

    His dribbling and willingness to try and beat his man provided Montoya with plenty of problems, though he didn't have a end product to compliment his all-action performance.

  • Recio
    6
    5
    3.00

    Recio

    Battled well in the centre of midfield but didn't get opportunity to press forward into the attack too often. Energetic performance from the young midfielder.

  • Manuel Iturra
    7
    11
    2.00

    Manuel Iturra Flop of the Match

    Let his teammates down by picking up a predictable second yellow card, giving away a foul in an area of the field which didn't really matter anyway.

  • Piti
    17
    1
    3.50

    Piti

    The only real threat for the visitors, Piti struck the crossbar and tested Pinto on two additional occasions, and was perhaps unfortunate to not have been responsible for a Granada consolation goal.

  • Youssef El Arabi
    6
    7
    2.50

    Youssef El Arabi

    Didn't get a great deal of support, and mainly chased lost causes. Had a couple of attempts from range, but failed to ever test Pinto.

Substitutions

  • Diego Buonanotte
    2
    0

    Diego Buonanotte

    Came on for the final 13 minutes but was unable to make an impact.

  • Ighalo
    0
    2

    Ighalo

    A brief cameo for the Nigerian attacker but couldn't to one his one Liga goal this season.

  • Riki
    2
    0

    Riki

    The veteran forward came on but couldn't unsettle the Barca defence.

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