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April 20, 2013 2:00 PM EDT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 70957‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 1-0 Levante

Goal.com took in the action at Camp Nou, where Cesc Fabregas' late goal was just enough to edge Barcelona to a win ahead of a monumental clash against Bayern Munich

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Víctor Valdés
    22
    4
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    One of those games where the Barca keeper had precious little danger from the opposition to occupy his time. Mostly viewed the game as a spectator, such was the lack of need for his services.

  • Daniel Alves
    28
    5
    3.50

    Daniel Alves

    Spent a lot of time camped in the opposition half to keep the opposition full back pinned deep. He did come very close to a breathtaking goal, with a long-range stunner that was saved in some style by Keylor Navas.

  • Montoya
    22
    2
    3.00

    Montoya

    Found himself increasingly thrust forward as an auxiliary winger as Barca struggled to find a way through. However, most of his deliveries into the area were cut out by the Levante defense.

  • Adriano
    24
    2
    3.00

    Adriano

    The lack of consistent danger posed by the Levante front line meant his uncomfortable past playing as a central defender was not repeated today at Camp Nou. A relatively comfortable outing.

  • Éric Abidal
    76
    3
    4.00

    Éric Abidal

    Started his first Barca game in 14 months, and the French defender did not miss a beat. Showed great awareness and recovery speed to put out fires on more than one occasion. He proved his return can be more than an emotional boost, as there is still a quality footballer to be had.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    38
    7
    3.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Not for the first time, an awkward display in a false nine role seemed set to add fuel to the argument that Fabregas is ill-suited to leading the line. But with the minutes ticking away, he gave a display of expert finishing with an unnervingly accurate shot into the far corner to snatch all three points.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    21
    13
    2.50

    Thiago Alcántara

    Subbed off in the second half after nearly an hour of probing and passing failed to alter the course of Barca’s ponderous offensive efforts.

  • Alex Song
    40
    4
    3.50

    Alex Song

    Performed capably when protecting the defense from the isolated Levante threat, and was directly responsible for snuffing out more than one potentially dangerous attack.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    31
    4
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Won a penalty in somewhat contentious fashion after going down in a position near the byline where he was never likely to pose a threat on goal. David Villa could not make the most of his good work though, and he was taken off around the hour mark to be replaced by Xavi.

  • David Villa
    14
    30
    2.00

    David Villa Flop of the Match

    Missed a penalty in rather underwhelming fashion with a predictable effort that was saved by Keylor Navas. Simply looked off the pace throughout, as his play both on and off the ball was sluggish.

  • Tello
    18
    12
    2.50

    Tello

    Struggled like the rest of the front three to make any inroads in front of goal. Often found himself shunted out to an isolated position on the flanks, where the attentions of the Levante defense prevented him from causing many problems.

Substitutions

  • Xavi
    34
    4
    3.00

    Xavi

    Dictated the tempo in his usual manner for his spell in the latter stages of the game.

  • Pedro
    24
    3
    3.00

    Pedro

    Gave his side a little more presence inside the area that helped it find more space.

  • K. Navas
    31
    2
    4.50

    K. Navas Top of the Match

    Guessed the right way to thwart David Villa from the penalty spot, and pulled of a catalog of exquisite saves throughout to put his side within minutes of clinching a famous result.

  • David Navarro
    6
    3
    3.00

    David Navarro

    Mostly put in a strong shift at the heart of the defense, as it was hard to find any major flaws in his display. Did what was required of him throughout.

  • Juan García García
    6
    3
    3.00

    Juan García García

    The full back was often called upon to drift centrally to help out the rest of the back four, but he did his job well, and snuffed out a few dangerous plays.

  • Pedro López
    5
    4
    3.00

    Pedro López

    Rarely put a foot wrong out on the right flank for the home side, and was often a match for the speedy Cristian Tello in their tussles out wide.

  • Loukas Vyntra
    5
    3
    3.50

    Loukas Vyntra

    Robbed Villa of the ball more than once in an accomplished showing at the back. He rarely looked rattled by the caliber of his opponents.

  • Barkero
    4
    3
    3.00

    Barkero

    Rarely saw much of the ball in the game, and in truth, most of his efforts were made in his own half as he fought to close down the space in midfield.

  • Rubén
    4
    3
    3.00

    Rubén

    Decent enough on the ball, but never provided anything out of the ordinary for his side to benefit from down the flanks.

  • Diop
    5
    3
    3.00

    Diop

    Very unfortunate to concede a penalty in the first half after minimal contact on Andres Iniesta, but justice was done in the end for him and Levante when Villa’s resulting spot kick was beaten away by Keylor Navas.

  • Nabil El Zhar
    6
    3
    3.50

    Nabil El Zhar

    A real live-wire at times when breaking with the ball on the counter. His presence up front helped his team relieve pressure often.

  • Robert Acquafresca
    6
    3
    3.00

    Robert Acquafresca

    Led the line well for his side, rarely giving up the ball when in possession and bringing his other teammates into play.

Substitutions

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