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4 vs 0
Played
March 12, 2013 3:45 PM EDT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ V. Kassai‎
Attendance:‬ 94944‎
 
 
40′ Lionel Messi
 
55′ David Villa
 
90+2′ Jordi Alba
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 4-0 AC Milan (Agg 4-2)

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at Camp Nou, where the home side simply blew away the visitors to book its place in the Champions League last eight

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Víctor Valdés
    247
    31
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Really had nothing to do outside of the routine as his defence took care of the little Milan could muster.

  • Daniel Alves
    296
    35
    3.50

    Daniel Alves

    Barcelona’s attacking strategy meant that he was pushed high up the right flank even more than usual. He was very useful in stretching the defence, even though his team-mates were mostly outdone when competing aerially for his deliveries.

  • Piqué
    255
    35
    3.00

    Piqué

    The defender did not always have a lot to concern himself with, but when called upon he did not put a foot wrong at the back, making a crucial block on a Kevin-Prince Boateng cross.

  • Jordi Alba
    350
    19
    3.50

    Jordi Alba

    As usual, he offered a good attacking outlet on the left flank, and crucially he looked to quickly recover his defensive position whenever Milan looked to get forward on the counterattack. Produced an excellent tackle to stop Robinho from point-blank range, before storming forward to clip home the last goal of the game.

  • Xavi
    360
    20
    3.50

    Xavi

    At his best in just this type of scenario, where Barca completely monopolised possession. A lovely one-two with Lionel Messi opened Milan up for the first, while an equally splendid pass put David Villa’s goal on a plate. His poise was such that the Rossoneri eventually resigned themselves to letting him keep the ball, focusing their attentions instead on pressuring more advanced players.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    385
    21
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Seemed far more at ease in a midfield role, where his deeper positioning allowed him more opportunity to run at the defence. As ever, his link up play was world class. He set up Lionel Messi’s second goal and came close himself with a stunning half-volley that Christian Abbiati pushed onto the woodwork.

  • Javier Mascherano
    263
    54
    3.50

    Javier Mascherano

    For the most part, he stood tall against the pacey threat of M’Baye Niang and Stephan El Shaarawy on the break, timing his challenges excellently. However he almost threw away his good work, as one catastrophic attempt at a header instead let the French forward through on goal for a shot that cracked off the post.

  • Busquets
    274
    32
    3.00

    Busquets

    Often the first line of defence whenever Milan looked to spring forward on the counter. Stuck to his task and made it hard for the Rossoneri to attack through the middle, while showing great composure to make space for himself under pressure with a series of pivots.

  • David Villa
    375
    27
    4.00

    David Villa

    For the majority of his time on the pitch, he found it hard to cope with Milan’s sheer numbers at the back. But one excellent Xavi pass to free him in space was all he needed, and from there he curled a great finish into the far corner for Barca’s third goal.

  • Lionel Messi
    656
    49
    4.50

    Lionel Messi Top of the Match

    Head and shoulders above the rest. The Argentine sensation scored two first-half goals of the highest quality to put Barca level on aggregate. But more than that, it was his absolute menace on and off the ball that really stood out as something special.

  • Pedro
    210
    76
    2.50

    Pedro

    Somewhat below the scintillating level of the rest of his attacking team-mates, as he did not really come up with any decisive moments in a rather subdued display.

Substitutions

  • Carles Puyol
    213
    34
    3.00

    Carles Puyol

    Was not put to the test and saw out the remaining minutes comfortably.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    264
    33
    3.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    Had one effort disallowed for offside, but kept his head at the end to slip in Jordi Alba for the clincher.

  • Christian Abbiati
    73
    78
    2.50

    Christian Abbiati

    Could do absolutely nothing about both of Messi’s goals, and pulled off two quality saves from long range efforts by Andres Iniesta and Xavi. His concentration slipped towards the end, however.

  • Philippe Mexes
    27
    106
    2.50

    Philippe Mexes

    Had no match for Lionel Messi’s quick feet in the build-up to Barca’s second goal. The pace of the home side's attack was often too much for him to deal with, as he struggled when isolated.

  • Cristian Zapata
    24
    110
    2.00

    Cristian Zapata

    Like his partner Philippe Mexes, he started well, but once Barca were in full flow, he did not present much of an obstacle. Looked on the verge of collapse at times.

  • Ignazio Abate
    63
    74
    2.50

    Ignazio Abate

    Rather fortunate to escape an early penalty call for bundling over Pedro, and though he motored forward well when Milan were chasing the game, his end product was lacking.

  • Kevin Constant
    30
    119
    2.00

    Kevin Constant

    Did not appear mentally prepared for such an occasion, as he was guilty of surrendering possession nervously on more than one occasion. A missed lunge from him gave David Villa all the time he needed to stroke home the third.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    26
    127
    1.50

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    His final touch in advanced areas was hit and miss, and a few accurate pieces of distribution were let down by some wasteful longer deliveries.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    25
    106
    2.50

    Mathieu Flamini

    Ran his socks off, but most of his effort was in vain as Barca were simply too good in midfield. Left chasing shadows most of the time.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    41
    89
    2.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Positioned as the main springboard for the Milan counterattack, but he did not pass the test in that regard as a lot of his distribution from deep failed to find one of his team-mates.

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    27
    104
    2.50

    Massimo Ambrosini

    Put in a lot of effort in midfield, but one sequence, a giveaway soon after winning the ball, set the events of Barca’s second goal in motion. Ran out of energy after a while and was substituted around the hour mark.

  • M'Baye Niang
    40
    148
    1.50

    M'Baye Niang Flop of the Match

    Alongside Stephan El Shaarawy, his pace and energy formed the main offensive strategy for Milan. He was well-marshalled by the likes of Javier Mascherano, but one slip up from the Argentine put him clean through, only to spurn his chance and hit the post.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    55
    99
    2.50

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    His pace was the main threat for Milan going forward, but far too often the distribution towards him was frustratingly inaccurate. He did have two half-chances to get a shot at goal, but both times he fluffed his lines.

Substitutions

  • Sulley Muntari
    31
    93
    2.50

    Sulley Muntari

    Did not really add anything noticeable to his side's play after coming on during the second half.

  • Robinho
    78
    75
    2.50

    Robinho

    Came close to turning home a Bojan delivery, but Gerard Pique robbed him of the chance.

  • Bojan Krkic
    114
    48
    2.50

    Bojan Krkic

    Put in a good cross for Robinho from the left, but otherwise, contributed little.

Results
 
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