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May 8, 2011 1:00 PM EDT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
Attendance:‬ 90000‎
 
 
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Player Ratings: Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

Goal.com rates the players on show in Barcelona's win over Espanyol, which takes the Catalan giants to within one point of the La Liga title

By Daniel Quinton-Navarro

  • Víctor Valdés
    23
    9
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Commanded his area at set pieces and communicated well with his back line throughout the tie. With Osvaldo determined to test the Barcelona ‘keeper, Valdes stood tall and made two good saves to deny Espanyol of a lifeline.

  • Andreu Fontàs Prat
    19
    15
    2.50

    Andreu Fontàs Prat

    In a rare start for the defender he showed maturity and solidarity throughout. Opted to go back or to the side when the right option was forward but that will come when his confidence builds. Not targeted properly by Espanyol so defensively he wasn’t tested too much.

  • Javier Mascherano
    28
    18
    2.50

    Javier Mascherano

    Strong tackles and last ditch challenges demonstrate that he is growing in this more defensive role. Questionable in the air but his strength and determination make up for that. Needs to stop with the drama, as he will lose respect because of it.

  • Piqué
    28
    9
    3.00

    Piqué

    Wasteful in his distribution from the back but grew in confidence as the game developed. Scored with a strong header to put Barca in a comfortable position and closed out the game well. Was shown up by good touches from Osvaldo, perhaps ominous with the likes of Hernandez and Rooney on the horizon.

  • Daniel Alves
    22
    11
    2.50

    Daniel Alves

    Surged forward in the first half and was his team’s outlet on more than one occasion. Was involved in intricate passing, triangles all over the pitch to good effect.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    51
    11
    4.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján Top of the Match

    Scored the first goal with a sublime finish and show of trickery. Was a constant threat and could have scored earlier after he found space in the area but brought a save out of Kameni. Played brilliantly in the hole between midfield and attack, keeping the ball all night.

  • Busquets
    28
    8
    2.50

    Busquets

    Robust in the tackle, winning the ball back and giving some protection to the backline when Espanyol looked to attack. Passed the ball well, but allowed Xavi to pull the strings. Substituted late on.

  • Xavi
    28
    7
    3.00

    Xavi

    Kept things ticking over, like he always does for Barca. Never wasted the ball and played it quickly, forcing the opposition back. Efficient and seamless.

  • David Villa
    31
    14
    2.50

    David Villa

    Got himself into superb positions throughout the entire match but he wasted them all. Should have finished after Iniesta and Messi combined to play him in for what would have been a surreal goal, but he pushed it wide of the post.

  • Lionel Messi
    56
    27
    2.50

    Lionel Messi

    Everything but a goal tonight. Showed quick feet around the penalty area and was a constant threat. Unselfishly gave the ball to his teammates rather than going on his own. Great touch to take the ball down from out the air, and showed his class with a flick to Iniesta.

  • Pedro
    23
    11
    2.50

    Pedro

    Had a strong shot well saved in one of his rare involvements. Helped the ball on but never changed the game himself.

Substitutions

  • Ibrahim Afellay
    25
    9
    2.50

    Ibrahim Afellay

    Showed good pace when he came on but his touch let him down when he was in promising positions.

  • Éric Abidal
    29
    9
    2.50

    Éric Abidal

    His biggest run out since his return from the sidelines and he bombed forward to good effect. Assured touches at the back too, good signs tonight.

  • Carlos Kameni
    5
    7
    2.50

    Carlos Kameni

    Was called upon, as would have been expected. Made smart saves to deny Iniesta and Pedro. Unable to do anything about Iniesta’s strike but partly at fault for Pique’s when his communication let him down. Determination cannot be faulted, flung his body to deny Villa, earning a knock to the head.

  • Chica
    5
    8
    2.50

    Chica

    Good work to keep the ball and when he was used he kept the ball well. Forced to defend and was pushed back, being denied any space and failed to deal with Dani Alves’ movement.

  • Raúl Rodríguez
    4
    7
    2.50

    Raúl Rodríguez

    Turned by Messi and was troubled by Barcelona’s pace and direct approach. Did brilliantly well to turn a cross over the bar with Messi and Villa lurking.

  • Jordi Amat
    4
    7
    2.50

    Jordi Amat

    Looked strong in defense until he was forced backwards by direct runs. When this happened he was indecisive, as on Barca’s first goal. He was run in behind too easily and wasn’t aware of what was behind him too often.

  • Ernesto Galán
    5
    8
    2.50

    Ernesto Galán

    Looked to get forward but could not do anything to help Espanyol find the goal they desperately needed. His poor touch allowed Iniesta to capitalize and it lead to the first Barcelona goal.

  • José Callejón
    4
    5
    2.00

    José Callejón

    Got the closest to Osvaldo when Espanyol looked to respond to falling behind. He has a lot of promise but was unable to show much of it, a couple of good touches weren’t enough when much more was needed.

  • Javier López Rodríguez
    5
    5
    2.50

    Javier López Rodríguez

    Disrupted play when it was 0-0 but when they fell behind he was charged with moving Espanyol forward. Didn’t have the awareness or speed to get the team moving and Espanyol never threatened as a unit as a consequence.

  • Iván Alonso
    5
    3
    2.00

    Iván Alonso Flop of the Match

    Looked to be the link between midfield and attack but he failed in doing so and as a result Espanyol were unable to get a foothold in the game. Left Osvaldo isolated too often and failed to catch up with him when attacks were on. Substituted at halftime.

  • Javi Márquez
    3
    6
    3.00

    Javi Márquez

    Strong tackles in the middle of the pitch and was a constant nuisance to Barca. Eventually though he was overrun with Xavi’s and Busquets' smart passing.

  • Verdú
    4
    3
    2.50

    Verdú

    Looked to push forward well when he could and cut inside to move the ball. Unable to do so enough, as he didn’t have enough service.

  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
    9
    5
    3.00

    Pablo Daniel Osvaldo

    The one man attack from Espanyol. Showed good touches to get other players in the game, but went wide to find space. Troubled Mascherano and Pique and forced Valdes into two sharp saves.

Substitutions

  • Luis García
    5
    4
    2.00

    Luis García

    Charged with getting Espanyol back in the game but his side were two down three minutes into the second half. Toiled hard but was easily dominated by Barcelona's defense.

  • Álvaro
    5
    6
    2.00

    Álvaro

    The bit of pace Espanyol required was meant to come from Vazquez but he was unable to get on the ball. Came on with the game pretty much finished.

  • Isaías
    5
    3
    0.00

    Isaías

    Lost the ball too much when he got it to feet and afforded Iniesta too much space. Not much time to make an impact, and didn't make one.

Results
 
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26 6
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17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
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17 0