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2 vs 2
Played
September 13, 2011 2:45 PM EDT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 89861‎
 
36′ Pedro
50′ David Villa
Thiago Silva 90+2′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 2-2 AC Milan

Goal.com rates the players on show at Camp Nou as the Spanish and Italian champions shared the spoils in a clash of the titans in Group H

By Jonathan Mitchell

  • Víctor Valdés
    50
    92
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    The Barcelona keeper had little to do besides pick the ball out of his net at either end of the match.

  • Daniel Alves
    56
    81
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    Flying right-back played as an auxiliary winger due to Milan's total lack of an attacking threat, but besides one tidy reverse pass for Messi he never really made a breakthrough.

  • Éric Abidal
    55
    74
    3.00

    Éric Abidal

    Continues his amazing recovery from a liver tumor with another start for the Catalan giants. Was never really tested by Milan in between its early and late goals.

  • Xavi
    89
    64
    3.50

    Xavi

    The pivotal figure in the Barcelona midfield, sprayed passes and helped his team retain the vast majority of possession while also stinging Abbiati's palms with a long-range effort.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    62
    72
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    The diminutive Spain international attempted to get on the ball and help his side probe at Milan's stubborn rearguard resistance, but was replaced by Fabregas on 39 minutes after picking up an injury.

  • Javier Mascherano
    49
    88
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Continued at the heart of Barcelona defense, and like most of the back line he was rarely tested. Did charge forward to make one or two decent interceptions from Pato.

  • Seydou Keita
    54
    76
    3.50

    Seydou Keita

    Had the task of anchoring his side's midfield, with the men he usually competes for the role with in central defense. Did so admirably, dropping back to help to impressive effect on the rare occasions Milan did get forward.

  • Busquets
    62
    133
    2.50

    Busquets Flop of the Match

    Partnered fellow midfielder Mascherano in a makeshift center-half pairing, in which he could be faulted for both goals, allowing Pato to race away from him at the first before being outjumped by Thiago Silva for the equalizer. Did win free kick for his side's second, however.

  • David Villa
    84
    83
    3.50

    David Villa

    Didn't do much - apart from curl a stunning free-kick into Abbiati's top right-hand corner in the 50th minute that almost gave his side victory.

  • Lionel Messi
    163
    135
    4.00

    Lionel Messi

    Took the game to Milan in the first half, testing Abbiati on no fewer than four occasions while also hitting the post, and providing the assist for the equalizer with a incisive run and pass.

  • Pedro
    54
    85
    3.00

    Pedro

    Found himself in the right place at the right time to tap home his side's 35th minute equalizer, and was otherwise industrious on the flank.

Substitutions

  • Carles Puyol
    49
    71
    3.00

    Carles Puyol

    Captain made a late appearance and made one decent interception to cut out a Seedorf through ball.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    54
    74
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Replaced Iniesta early on and helped his side retain possession without offering anything spectacular.

  • Ibrahim Afellay
    36
    71
    0.00

    Ibrahim Afellay

    Late cameo appearance.

  • Christian Abbiati
    137
    24
    3.50

    Christian Abbiati

    34-year-old shot-stopper made a string of saves to deny Messi, one of which demonstrated superb reactions when he blocked at his near post. Couldn't be faulted for either goal.

  • Alessandro Nesta
    373
    23
    4.00

    Alessandro Nesta Top of the Match

    Veteran defender didn't cover himself in glory against Lazio in his side's Serie A opener last Friday - but did tonight. A colossal defensive barrier who almost single-handedly thwarted Barcelona at times. One 55th minute slide tackle on Messi was truly world class.

  • Gianluca Zambrotta
    92
    27
    3.00

    Gianluca Zambrotta

    Came into the side in place of Luca Antonini, who started against Lazio, and worked hard at left-back, but went to sleep at Barcelona's equalizer.

  • Ignazio Abate
    95
    43
    3.00

    Ignazio Abate

    Pacy right-back made a great start, winning a couple of personal duels with Pedro. He was, however, out-muscled far too easily by Messi at Barcelona's first.

  • Thiago Silva
    198
    15
    3.50

    Thiago Silva

    The Brazilian defender is widely recognized as one of the best central defenders in world football at the moment, and had his moments tonight. Wasn't quite alert enough at Pedro's goal but popped up with dramatic late equalizer.

  • Mark van Bommel
    99
    21
    3.00

    Mark van Bommel

    Has been notorious for the harsh treatment he has dealt out to Iniesta and Xavi in the past. Worked hard to plug the gaps in front of his defense and was reasonably effective.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    94
    36
    3.00

    Antonio Nocerino

    Earned a start after an impressive and energetic substitute display against Lazio. Another who worked hard to stop Barcelona's relentless attacks from finding space. Solid without being spectacular.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    104
    27
    3.00

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Energetic Ghanaian worked hard to contain Barcelona threat before he was withdrawn due to injury in the 34th minute.

  • Alexandre Pato
    226
    18
    3.50

    Alexandre Pato

    The young Brazilian used his electric pace to dart through a static Barcelona defense and give his side a shock lead after just 24 seconds.

  • Antonio Cassano
    75
    60
    2.50

    Antonio Cassano

    Looked set to be left out by Allegri until Ibrahimovic was ruled out by injury, and may as well have been. Although the game did not suite him in any respect, he offered nothing besides giving away the foul from which Villa scored with a free kick.

Substitutions

  • Alberto Aquilani
    95
    23
    3.00

    Alberto Aquilani

    Replaced van Bommel in the 77th minute to help his side retain possession.

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    68
    45
    2.50

    Massimo Ambrosini

    Came on early in place of Boateng, but wasn't particularly impressive.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    94
    20
    3.00

    Urby Emanuelson

    Took Cassano's place and moved to the left of midfield. Alves picked up booking for poor tackle in him.

Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2