Barely tested outside of the routine, but went the wrong way for both penalties by Siqueira.
Most of his time was spent distributing the ball from the back as Granada’s threat was often non-existent. However, his set piece defending left a lot to be desired as he was out-jumped far too easily by Mainz as he headed in the first goal for the visitors.
Aggressive and committed as always, as he was on hand to put out a few potentially dangerous fires from the Granada offense in the first half. He tired after the break though, and was found once or twice to be struggling to keep up with the visitors on the counterattack.
Quite an absorbing game from the Brazilian, who ventured between the classy and the catastrophic. Will go on record as the man who supplied the assist for Messi’s record-breaking goal, and set up a further one for his Argentine teammate in an accomplished showing in the attacking third. However in his own half of the field, he was less convincing, with a clumsy tussle and a handball conceding two penalties, the last of which led to his dismissal.
Quietly went about his business on the left flank and proved a decent outlet to support the attack in the first half. He did not last beyond the interval as he was replaced by Mascherano.
Looked Barcelona’s most dangerous player in the first half as his trickery down the left was simply too much to handle. His deliveries from out wide played a huge part in the first two Barca goals, and he remained a threat throughout, even as Messi came to the fore after the break. Thoroughly impressive game.
Gave the Blaugrana a dream start after only three minutes, stroking home a headed pass from Messi. As ever, he kept things ticking in the middle of the park. Some of his through balls were a delight, with Alves in particular benefiting from his passing accuracy.
Had one or two promising runs through the heart of the Granada midfield, but was otherwise relatively quiet and executed his role to satisfaction. Saw yellow for a rough challenge on Martins.
Dragged one shot just wide after a great Barcelona move, and showcased some decent touches on the ball. On the night, his playmaking abilities were rather overshadowed by the likes of Messi and Cuenca, it has to be said.
There was only going to be one winner of top honors here, after a performance that saw him bag yet another treble and become the Blaugrana’s all-time leading goalscorer. Three exquisite finishes aligned to a great playmaking display snuffed out the Granada comeback and gave his side a crucial three points in their outside hopes for a fourth successive title. The night, and the record books, belong to him. 234 goals, and many more are sure to come.
Was a menace for Granada to deal with out wide as his pace and darting runs were impossibly hard to track. However, far too often, the Chilean tried to do too much with the ball, which often led him into trouble. Taken off midway through the second half.
Will want to move on from this game quickly as he was well beaten five times, even though none of the goals were wholly his fault. One or two good saves and some quick rushes off his line prevented Barca from getting even more.
Scored an unlikely brace from the penalty spot with two coolly dispatched spot kicks. Did not fare as badly as Cortes on the opposite flank in defence, though was still shaky.
Under pressure for most of the game, and was beaten along with the rest of his backline too often by a single through pass. Brought Granada temporarily back into the game with a thumping header from a free-kick.
Simply could not deal with Cuenca at times, as the Barca youngster was able to leave him scrambling with regularity. Beaten in the buildup to multiple goals for the home side.
Very unstable at the back, as the Barcelona attack was too much for him. Lucky to see a pair of penalty claims against him go uncalled by the referee.
Simply could not contain the flow of the hosts game in midfield, and was booked after a frustration foul on Xavi.
Gave the Barcelona defence something to think about with one or two bursts into space. It was his set piece that found the head of Mainz for the first Granada goal.
Like the rest of his counterparts in midfield, his time was spent mainly chasing shadows all pover the pitch.
Had one encouraging run down the left in the first half, but his impact was felt far more after the break, as he won a pair of penalties off Alves that were converted by his side.
Isolated for most of his time on the pitch. In one of the rare moments he touched the ball, he managed to win the free kick that was eventually turned in by Mainz.
Invisible on the wing. Simply could not get anything going as he was mainly used to cover in his own half.
- 13 Pinto
Came on for Adriano at half time and had a quiet game for the most part, though he was beaten in the air on one or two occasions.
- 26 Muniesa
- 4 Fàbregas
- 17 Pedro
Came on for the final stretch of the game and showcased his uncanny ability to hold onto possession, with one twisting move setting the events in motion for Tello’s goal.
Had a penalty appeal turned down shortly after coming on, but came good later on, with a confident finish from a rebound to give his side breathing room.
- 1 José Juan
- 8 Íñigo López
- 2 A. Nyom
Like the rest of his colleagues, could not get to grips with the game.
Did not see much action in his limited time on the field.
- 16 Henrique Almeida
Virtually anonymous for most of his time on the field, save for one advance down the right flank that saw him cut in, but fire just over.