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Played
November 25, 2012 3:00 PM EST
Estadio Ciudad de Valencia — Valencia
Referee:‬ Pedro Pérez‎
Attendance:‬ 24234‎
 
 
Lionel Messi 47′
 
Lionel Messi 51′
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Levante 0-4 Barcelona

Goal.com was on hand to evaluate all of the players involved in Estadio Ciudad de Valencia in a comfortable game for the La Liga leader.

By Patrick Gleeson

  • Gustavo Munúa
    3
    23
    2.50

    Gustavo Munúa Flop of the Match

    Couldn't do much as Barcelona peppered his goal with efforts. However, he could have perhaps reacted quicker to Messi's first.

  • David Navarro
    2
    14
    2.50

    David Navarro

    Frustrated Barca with his perfect positioning, comfortable in the air and showed remarkable reading of the game before the break. However, this completely changed in the second half as he struggled to deal with the greater pace and improved movement of Barca's attacks.

  • Juan García García
    2
    13
    3.00

    Juan García García

    Used his experience to deny Pedro any change from his attacking efforts. His well-timed volley was inches away from rippling the net.

  • Ballesteros
    2
    15
    2.50

    Ballesteros

    Spent the entirety of the game watching the blissful passing of the league leaders.

  • Christian Lell
    3
    13
    3.00

    Christian Lell

    Provided solidity down the right for the hosts, persevering with the movement of Pedro, and was also happy to push up the field. A weaving run in the final stages was followed by an accurate ball to the feet of Juanfran, who could only blast over.

  • Barkero
    5
    12
    3.50

    Barkero

    His ferocious volley from the edge of the 18-yard box looked to be heading over Victor Valdes, and although it eventually dropped wide of the goal, this was his best moment in the game. Will want to forget about his late penalty miss, which spoiled what was an otherwise impressive outing.

  • Nabil El Zhar
    3
    13
    2.50

    Nabil El Zhar

    Never really got going in a game in which he spent the majority of his time trying to disrupt Barcelona's midfield - an exercise in futility. Replaced around the hour mark, which effectively put him out of his misery.

  • Iborra
    3
    12
    3.00

    Iborra

    An average performance that was riddled with misplaced passes. Did well to destroy a few moves by sticking a leg out.

  • Juanlu
    4
    10
    3.00

    Juanlu

    A sublime first-half performance in which he looked as likely as any to be the difference. His determination to get back and defend was also admirable.

  • Diop
    3
    13
    3.00

    Diop

    Despite starting the game looking as though he was going to be the pivot in the Levante midfield, his sloppy ball retention and needless fouling resulted in an average performance.

  • Obafemi Martins
    13
    11
    3.00

    Obafemi Martins

    A constant danger to Tito Vilanova’s men because of his pace and willingness to run at the opposition. Forced a good save from Valdes after he created some space for himself.

Substitutions

  • Pedro Ríos
    2
    12
    3.00

    Pedro Ríos

    Looked lively after coming on but could not muster anything worth talking about.

  • Míchel
    3
    11
    3.00

    Míchel

    Was fortunate to win a penalty in the final few minutes of the game but did well with to force the desperate defending in the first place.

  • Ángel
    3
    12
    2.50

    Ángel

    Scuffed the rebound of the missed penalty in his only significant contribution to the game.

  • Víctor Valdés
    159
    7
    4.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Was in a good position to push an effort from Barkero over the bar in the 12th minute. Did well to get down to a low, rifled effort from Obafemi Martins and his remarkable save from the penalty spot, and then again from the rebound, secured a deserved clean sheet.

  • Daniel Alves
    69
    7

    Daniel Alves

    Looked lively in the early stages with a run inside the Levante defence but was forced off in the 14th minute due to an injury.

  • Piqué
    86
    8
    3.00

    Piqué

    Got skinned by Juanlu more than once whilst covering in the wider areas and should have done better when he was gifted a free header from a corner. Looked good when coming forward.

  • Carles Puyol
    110
    5
    3.50

    Carles Puyol

    Struggled to cope with the pace of Martins early on but grew into the first half and looked composed on the ball. Very unlucky to concede a penalty towards the end of the game and pick up a yellow card for his troubles.

  • Jordi Alba
    94
    3
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    Comfortably dealt with by Lell but managed to find some space when a clever flick by Iniesta allowed him into the penalty area, only to waste the cross. Flourished in the second period as he was allowed more time and space on the ball.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    129
    4
    4.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    His composure on the ball was matched by good movement off it. Took his goal superbly and was a major influence in everything Barcelona did.

  • Xavi
    104
    6
    3.00

    Xavi

    Looked the main threat for the visitors throughout the opening 45 minutes with an exquisite little flick the highlight. He carried on his form and created numerous chances, including a beautiful flick for Pedro, which put the winger in on goal.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    270
    11
    5.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján Top of the Match

    Within 20 minutes of the second half kicking off, he had earned a hat-trick of assists and a superb goal to call his own. His stunning strike crowned a magnificent performance.

  • Busquets
    86
    7
    3.00

    Busquets

    Contributed to the patient build up and showed some deft touches to create space for his team-mates.

  • Lionel Messi
    273
    8
    4.50

    Lionel Messi

    A little dink over the head of Munua to give Barca the lead and a clever finish steered into the far post for his second. Continually found space in a compact midfield and showed the class we are so used to seeing from him.

  • Pedro
    75
    22
    2.50

    Pedro

    Not his finest performance in a Barcelona shirt. Showed glimpses of neat footwork at points but did nothing with it.

Substitutions

  • Montoya
    84
    3
    3.00

    Montoya

    Comfortably filled in for Dani Alves and proved his quality on the ball with a range of lovely passes.

  • Adriano
    63
    4
    3.00

    Adriano

    Looked to threaten the Levante defence in the wide areas without managing to make a major impact.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    62
    7

    Thiago Alcántara

    Made little impression on the game after coming on as a substitute.

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
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0