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September 10, 2011 12:00 PM EDT
Estadio Municipal de Anoeta — Donostia-San Sebastián
Referee:‬ Antonio Mateu‎
Attendance:‬ 25000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona

Here's how Goal.com rated the players as the Basques came back to surprise the champions on Saturday evening.

By Ben Hayward

  • Claudio Bravo
    6
    3
    3.00

    Claudio Bravo

    Made a great save to deny compatriot Alexis Sanchez, only to be beaten by Cesc in the follow-up. Vital intervention to keep out Messi late on was key to Real getting a point.

  • Dani Estrada
    3
    4
    2.50

    Dani Estrada

    Awful tackle on Alexis will keep the Chilean out for up to two months. Coped fairly well with Pedro but was pressed back along with his team-mates in the first half.

  • Vadim Demidov
    2
    4
    2.50

    Vadim Demidov

    Constantly caught out of position early on and was stagnant as Barca raced into a two-goal lead. Just could not cope with Barca's pace and passes from deep early on but tightened up as the game wore on.

  • Íñigo Martínez
    2
    4
    2.00

    Íñigo Martínez

    Struggled to cope with Barca's clever balls over the top early on but found his feet in the second half and almost won it with a header late on.

  • Alberto De la Bella
    2
    2
    2.50

    Alberto De la Bella

    Suffered in the first half an hour to deal with the threat of Alexis Sanchez, but kept his replacement David Villa pretty quiet after that.

  • Asier Illarramendi
    2
    4
    2.50

    Asier Illarramendi

    Tried his luck with a speculative second-half effort but was reduced to a mainly defensive role. Overrun in midfield early on but put in a real shift in the second half as Real came back.

  • Xabi Prieto
    2
    4
    3.00

    Xabi Prieto

    Set up the first goal for Agirretxe as Real mounted a comeback and was instrumental as the Basques the turned the tide. Tired and was replaced with 20 minutes left.

  • Zurutuza
    2
    3
    3.00

    Zurutuza

    Off the pace in the midfield, along with his team-mates, in the first half, but helped Real hold onto the ball in the second half and showed some neat touches as the Basques came back.

  • McDonald Mariga
    13
    3
    2.50

    McDonald Mariga

    Well off target with a header early in the second half but put in a tireless defensive display to limit the Catalans' midfield influence before tiring. Replaced by Vela with 12 minutes left.

  • Imanol Agirretxe
    11
    2
    3.50

    Imanol Agirretxe Top of the Match

    His brilliant header got Real back in it and his superb chip onto the bar was directed in by Griezmann for the second. The Basques' best player and instrumental in his side's memorable comeback.

  • Antoine Griezmann
    4
    2
    3.00

    Antoine Griezmann

    A lively presence throughout, although better offensively then defensively. Was in the right place at the right time to head the equalizer after Agirretxe's chip had rebounded off the bar.

Substitutions

  • Cadamuro
    2
    1
    0.00

    Cadamuro

    Gave Real an outlet on the right after coming on for Xabi Prieto and helped his side gain control of the game in the final 20 minutes or so. Booked for a foul on Messi.

  • Mikel Aranburu Eizagirre
    2
    2
    2.50

    Mikel Aranburu Eizagirre

    Came on as a sub with 12 minutes left and his fresh legs and combative game helped Barca to withstand late pressure from the Catalans.

  • Carlos Vela
    9
    1
    0.00

    Carlos Vela

    Added dynamism up front after coming on as a late substitute. Fired well over with a speculative effort but his cross was almost headed into his own net by Dani Alves as Real pressured late on.

  • Víctor Valdés
    10
    11
    2.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Made some decent saves late on as Real came back. Perhaps came out rashly for second goal and almost allowed a back-pass to go in because he had his back to the ball. Not at his most commanding.

  • Daniel Alves
    7
    16
    2.00

    Daniel Alves

    Dangerous in attack and set up Pedro for a great chance in the second half. One good defensive header late on, but it could have ended up in his own net. Not convincing when pushed back by Real late on. Better in attack than defense, as always.

  • Adriano
    6
    11
    2.00

    Adriano

    Not as good as Eric Abidal and was given real problems by Agirretxe in the second half as Real mounted its fightback. Also struggled to deal with threat posed by Carlos Vela late on.

  • Andreu Fontàs Prat
    5
    12
    2.50

    Andreu Fontàs Prat

    Better than Busquets but still relatively untried at this level and was an unnecessary risk in this type of game, with Puyol and Pique both available again. Not a convincing partnership.

  • Busquets
    7
    15
    2.00

    Busquets

    Poor marking in the first goal as he was beaten in the air by Agirretxe, despite his considerable height. Earned a booking for handling on the line as he was unable to prevent a second. Not a central defender - and it showed here.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    20
    5
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Fantastic start to the game as he set up the first and scored the second. Should have put through Alexis for a third and disappeared in the second half.

  • Xavi
    11
    9
    3.00

    Xavi

    Scored the first goal with a tap-in and his pass put through Cesc for the move which eventually led to the second. A decent performance overall but looked tired late on.

  • Seydou Keita
    6
    9
    2.50

    Seydou Keita

    Decent in the first half when Barca was on top, but he is not an orthodox defensive midfielder and it showed in the second period as he struggled to break down Xabi Prieto and Agirretxe.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    6
    6
    2.50

    Thiago Alcántara

    Started very brightly as Barca dominated with an exhibition of attacking football in midfield, but lost the physical battle in the second half and was replaced by Messi as the Catalans looked to regain control late on.

  • Pedro
    9
    8
    2.50

    Pedro

    Not his best performance and he never really looks as good on the left. Switched to the right after the departure of Alexis, he was off target with a couple of efforts and can do better than this.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    15
    11
    2.50

    Alexis Sánchez

    Outstanding in the half an hour he spent on the pitch and did really well to set up Xavi for the first goal, but was hauled down by Estrada and will be out for up to two months with a torn hamstring. Unlucky.

Substitutions

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    9
    10
    2.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Came on for Fontas and showed some late touches as Barca tried to win it, but his impact was restricted in 11 minutes on the pitch.

  • David Villa
    10
    25
    2.00

    David Villa Flop of the Match

    Barca lost its way in attack after he replaced the hamstrung Alexis and his ludicrous back-pass let in Agirretxe for Real's second goal. Poor shooting, too, in a hugely forgettable performance.

  • Lionel Messi
    20
    27
    2.50

    Lionel Messi

    Booked for diving late on as he threw himself to the ground in search of a penalty. Looked dangerous with a couple of trademark runs, but left his shooting boots at home.

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