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February 20, 2011 3:00 PM EST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Rafael Ramírez Domínguez‎
Attendance:‬ 83533‎
 
Andoni Iraola 50′ (PG)
78′ Lionel Messi
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

Goal.com looks at the players on show in Barcelona's 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao...

By Luke Matthews

  • José Pinto Colorado
    55
    12
    3.50

    José Pinto Colorado

    The reserve 'keeper play well tonight. He did the simple things well and made a superb save to deny a Llorente header in the first-half.

  • Éric Abidal
    41
    11
    2.50

    Éric Abidal

    The defender played seemed to switch between centre-half and left-back tonight which did not help him gain any fluency in his performance. Looked more comfortable going forward.

  • Piqué
    35
    31
    0.00

    Piqué

    The centre-back has not looked himself in recent week and put in another shaky performance this evening. His positioning was poor and he was lucky to only receive a yellow card for a deliberate foul on Gabilondo.

  • Busquets
    32
    22
    3.00

    Busquets

    With Puyol still injured the defensive midfielder was asked to play an unfamiliar role at centre-back tonight. He did fairly well making several important interceptions. However he did make a clumsy challenge to give away a penalty.

  • Daniel Alves
    87
    13
    4.50

    Daniel Alves Top of the Match

    The right-back looked impressive going forward and added two more assists to his tally. However his defensive performance wasn't the best and Gabilondo did very well against the Brazilian.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    76
    10
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Quality performance from the diminutive midfielder who kept things ticking over in the middle. His movement was great and he was certainly one of Barcelona's best performers tonight.

  • Javier Mascherano
    29
    48
    2.00

    Javier Mascherano Flop of the Match

    The Argentinian wasn't at his best tonight. He looked decent going forward but failed to provide sufficient cover for his defence who were left unprotected at times.

  • Xavi
    72
    12
    3.00

    Xavi

    Despite Barcelona not being at their best, the central midfielder was in fine form. His passing was immaculate and he played two wonderful balls in the build up to both of his sides' goals.

  • David Villa
    61
    11
    3.50

    David Villa

    The striker added another goal to his growing tally and his movement was fairly good tonight. Unlucky not to add a second with Iraizoz making an impressive save in the second-half.

  • Lionel Messi
    128
    31
    3.00

    Lionel Messi

    Not a vintage Messi performance. His passing was a little erratic in a poor first half and while he did complete several fantastic dribbling runs, the finishing wasn't always there. However he did steadily improve as the game went on and came to his sides' rescue with a late winner.

  • Pedro
    39
    25
    2.50

    Pedro

    The attacker has looked a little jaded of late and tonight was no different. The effort and running were there but not the end product.

Substitutions

  • Maxwell
    18
    20
    3.00

    Maxwell

    The Brazilian came on in the second-half with Barcelona struggling for balance along their backline and looked assured on the ball.

  • Ibrahim Afellay
    30
    15
    0.00

    Ibrahim Afellay

    The Dutch attacker was only on the field for a few minutes.

  • Seydou Keita
    25
    13
    0.00

    Seydou Keita

    The midfielder came on late in the game for Villa to protect Barcelona's lead and did fairly well.

  • Iraizoz
    14
    2
    3.50

    Iraizoz

    The 'keeper could not be blamed for either goals conceded and did make a few decent saves.

  • Andoni Iraola
    10
    2
    3.00

    Andoni Iraola

    The right-back played very well tonight keeping Pedro in particular quiet. Kept his cool to convert a penalty.

  • Borja Ekiza
    5
    5
    2.50

    Borja Ekiza

    The 22-year-old looked good tonight. He made some decent tackles and looked comfortable against the Barcelona attack for large parts of the game.

  • Amorebieta
    8
    1
    3.00

    Amorebieta

    The centre-half was a pillar of strength for the majority of the game and was unlucky to end on the losing side after repelling several Barcelona attacks.

  • Koikili
    6
    6
    3.00

    Koikili

    Solid performance from the left-back. Did well against Messi and Villa defensively but was limited in attack.

  • Carlos Gurpegui
    8
    5
    3.00

    Carlos Gurpegui

    The defensive midfielder played well tonight, particularly in the first-half where he was able to shackle Messi. Tired as the game went on which is expected against this Barcelona team.

  • Javi Martínez
    11
    7
    2.50

    Javi Martínez

    Spread the play well in the centre of the field and stood up to the challenge of facing the best midfield partnership in the world. Classy.

  • Igor Gabilondo
    9
    4
    3.00

    Igor Gabilondo

    Decent performance from the aging winger who beat Alves on several occasions. His crossing was top notch.

  • Susaeta
    7
    3
    2.50

    Susaeta

    The winger put in a good shift tonight and was always looking to make his way into the Barca box. Came close to scoring with a header.

  • Fernando Llorente
    24
    4
    3.00

    Fernando Llorente

    The striker was a threat to Barcelona's weakened back-line from the offset although he did tire as the game went. Won the penalty and was unlucky to see his fine header saved by Pinto in the first-half.

  • Iturraspe
    2
    5
    2.00

    Iturraspe

    The attacker had a subdued first-half and was substituted at half-time. Looked like he picked up a knock.

Substitutions

  • Muniain
    5
    5
    2.50

    Muniain

    The youngster was introduced into the game late on but was not given enough time to make an impact as Barcelona were in control by this stage.

  • Toquero
    9
    2
    3.00

    Toquero

    The striker came on for the second half and showed a lot of energy in the early stages. Linked up well with Llorente.

  • David López
    6
    6
    0.00

    David López

    The winger did not have enough time to make an impact on the game.

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
27 5
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