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Played
February 3, 2013 1:00 PM EST
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 45000‎
 
33′ Ever Banega
Lionel Messi 39′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

Goal.com rates the players on show as a stubborn display from Ernesto Valverde's men frustrated the Catalan giant.

By Tom Webber

  • Guaita
    13
    7
    3.00

    Guaita

    Did not have an awful lot to do on the night as the hard-working Valencia defense and midfield meant he went largely untested. He claimed most of the high balls into his area.

  • Aly Cissokho
    19
    6
    3.00

    Aly Cissokho

    The powerful fullback kept Pedro quiet for the majority of the game. He was tidy in defense but was also keen to push forward and relieve the pressure on his side by contributing to the counterattack.

  • Adil Rami
    15
    5
    3.00

    Adil Rami

    A solid performance from the Frenchman as he kept the defense organized and tight in the face of one of the country's most fierce attacks. He never looked like being beaten aerially either.

  • João Pereira
    10
    5
    3.00

    João Pereira

    Was leaving a lot of space behind him in the opening 30 minutes but regained his concentration and played a bit more conservatively. A rash challenge in the area enabled Messi to level from the spot.

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    64
    11
    4.00

    Jose Andrés Guardado Top of the Match

    A brilliant display from the Mexican who looks to be enjoying life in a more advanced position on the left. He got into some dangerous positions and was not afraid to pull the trigger and test Valdes. His energy was infectious.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    11
    4
    3.00

    Víctor Ruiz

    Played with great intensity in midfield as he hounded the Barcelona players whenever they tried to settle on the ball. He did not get much time in possession himself, but his influence was important.

  • Ricardo Costa
    17
    5
    3.50

    Ricardo Costa

    Despite picking up an early knock, the Portuguese soldiered on to put in a strong performance. He kept a close eye on Messi and was never too far from a Blaugrana shirt. He read the game very well.

  • Ever Banega
    27
    6
    3.50

    Ever Banega

    The Argentine was very impressive on the ball, getting his head up and looking to pick out the pass. He remained composed to control the ball and rifle in the game's opener and was the creative hub of his side throughout.

  • Tino Costa
    14
    7
    3.00

    Tino Costa

    An average night in midfield for the Argentine as he struggled to link to defense to attack due to the limited amount of possession enjoyed by his team. He put in plenty of work off the ball to make up for that though.

  • Juan Bernat
    15
    5
    3.50

    Juan Bernat

    Provided a consistent outlet on the right and supplied some quality deliveries from the wide areas. The youngster did not look out of his depth against Barcelona and tracked back to help his side defend, too.

  • Roberto Soldado
    22
    7
    3.00

    Roberto Soldado

    Appeared eager to make an influence on the game with some positive play in the first half. Should have worked Valdes with a header early in the second half and wasted a few more opportunities before the final whistle.

Substitutions

  • Jonas
    9
    7

    Jonas

    Brought on for Guardado in the 86th minute and did not have the time to influence the game

  • Pablo Piatti
    8
    10
    3.00

    Pablo Piatti

    Came on for Bernat in the 75th minute and tried to exploit the space left by Alba's runs forward.

  • Canales
    15
    8
    3.00

    Canales

    Replaced Banega in the 64th minute and continued where the Argentine had left off. He was denied a brilliant goal by an equally impressive save from Valdes.

  • Víctor Valdés
    57
    17
    3.50

    Víctor Valdés

    The keeper could perhaps have done better as Banega beat him at his near post in the first half. However, he more than atoned for that with a brilliant stop from Canales before a double save at the death.

  • Daniel Alves
    31
    17
    2.50

    Daniel Alves

    The Brazilian was nowhere near as threatening down the right flank as he usually is. He seemed to lack the will to get forward and stretch the Valencia defense and contributed to his team's lack of width.

  • Piqué
    22
    25
    3.00

    Piqué

    A competent performance from the Spain international as he swept up a lot of Valencia attacks. His header fell to Banega for the first goal but there was not much more he could do to avoid it.

  • Jordi Alba
    46
    10
    3.50

    Jordi Alba

    The left back was full of energy against his former club, rampaging down the wing to great effect. He put a few quality crosses into the box and was rarely caught short at the back.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    28
    25
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Not one of his best performances for the Blaugrana as he struggled to get involved in the match. He found himself closed down very quickly and was unable to build anything for his teammates.

  • Xavi
    35
    15
    3.00

    Xavi

    Saw a lot of the ball in the opposing half and kept the game moving along nicely, but he was unable to engineer anything of significance for his side. Nevertheless, he was always comfortable in the ball.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    50
    11
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Began wide on the left and combined well with Alba, also allowing him to drift inside. He was very bright and made a number of delightful little passes and touches. He was at the heart of all things positive for his team.

  • Javier Mascherano
    28
    36
    2.50

    Javier Mascherano Flop of the Match

    The Argentine looked uncomfortable at the back, earning a booking for his poorly-timed tackle on Soldado in the first half. He continued to struggle and was replaced by Puyol in the 55th minute.

  • Busquets
    28
    14
    3.00

    Busquets

    Always made himself available in the middle and distributed the ball well. He was calm on the ball, even when chased down and kept a cool head in a heated midfield battle.

  • Lionel Messi
    75
    35
    3.00

    Lionel Messi

    Was fairly quiet for much of the first half until his pass led to the awarding of a penalty. He then dispatched it in glorious fashion to score for a record 12th consecutive La Liga game. He contributed very little in the second half too.

  • Pedro
    24
    26
    3.00

    Pedro

    Struggled up against Cissokho and was unable to use his pace in the wide areas. He did not get many opportunities to run at the defender and left Barcelona short of creativity in the final third.

Substitutions

  • Carles Puyol
    35
    11
    3.00

    Carles Puyol

    Replaced Mascherano in the 55th minute and added a bit more solidity to the defense. He also ensured that Barcelona were stronger in the air.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    20
    18

    Thiago Alcántara

    Came on for Xavi in second-half stoppage time.

  • David Villa
    32
    16
    3.00

    David Villa

    Was given a warm welcome when he replaced Fabregas in the 72nd minute. Almost upset them with a shot that dropped just wide of the goal and was generally lively.

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
26 4
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