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Played
December 16, 2012 10:00 PM SAST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Miguel Pérez‎
Attendance:‬ 86637‎
 
36′ Adriano
45′ Busquets
 
57′ Lionel Messi
 
88′ Lionel Messi
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 4-1 Atletico Madrid

Goal.com evaluates the performances of everyone involved at Camp nou, after a game in which the Blaugrana extended their lead at the top of La Liga to nine points

By Rupert Fryer

  • Víctor Valdés
    53
    14
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Came quickly off his line to force Falcao into shooting wide early in the first half, but wasn't tested for the final hour of the game.

  • Piqué
    73
    3
    3.50

    Piqué

    Struggled with Falcao's movement and pace in the early stages but remained calm and moved the ball well as Barca began to dominate.

  • Carles Puyol
    70
    5
    3.00

    Carles Puyol

    Was chasing Falcao back towards his own goal for the opening half an hour, but would have been thankful that he had significantly less to do in the second half.

  • Jordi Alba
    74
    6
    3.50

    Jordi Alba

    Wasn't vintage stuff from the Spain international, but he defended well and his movement was as good as ever, always offering his side an outlet down the left flank.

  • Adriano
    98
    4
    4.00

    Adriano

    Barca's utility man filled in superbly at right-back. Scored a wonderful goal when his side were looking incongruously uninspired in the final third.

  • Xavi
    79
    8
    3.00

    Xavi

    Passed and passed and moved and passed and passed. Was nowhere near his best but was once again vital to the patience that saw his side back into the game.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    95
    7
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Constantly probing, he loated around the midfield and played a lovely back heel that led to Godin's mistake for the fourth goal.

  • Busquets
    96
    11
    3.50

    Busquets

    Showed his supreme intelligence, spatial awareness and close control to give his team the lead on the stroke of half-time.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    69
    26
    3.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    Failed to make much an impact on what was his first start in some time, and will feel like he missed an opportunity here.

  • Lionel Messi
    148
    12
    4.00

    Lionel Messi Top of the Match

    Was remarkably quiet for almost an hour, before the inevitable. Took his first goal with typical brilliance while his second was as calm a finish as you're likely to see. Different class.

  • Pedro
    44
    30
    3.00

    Pedro

    Came on for the final 10 minutes once the jig was already up for Atletico.

Substitutions

  • Thiago Alcántara
    58
    6
    3.00

    Thiago Alcántara

    Made the highlight reel with one show-stopping piece of control but the game was already won by the time he was introduced.

  • David Villa
    61
    5
    3.00

    David Villa

    Didn't have the sort of impact required to earn him a recall to the starting 11 but it's difficult to expect much from his 10 minutes on the field.

  • Thibaut Courtois
    14
    6
    3.00

    Thibaut Courtois

    Conceded four goals but there was absolutely nothing he could have done about any of them and, in fairness, he actually fared reasonably well.

  • Diego Godín
    0
    0
    2.50

    Diego Godín

    Actually defended pretty well early on but, like many of his defensive colleagues, was ultimately given the run-around by Barca's brilliant attackers.

  • Filipe Luis
    7
    3
    2.50

    Filipe Luis

    Defended relatively well throughout but would have liked the opportunity to contribute more going forward before his early withdrawal.

  • Juanfran
    1
    0
    3.00

    Juanfran

    One of Atletico's better performers, he defended valiantly and could have done with more of his team-mates matching his endeavour.

  • Miranda
    0
    0
    3.00

    Miranda

    Stood up well to the incredibly difficult challenge at hand but was let down by those around him.

  • Mario Suárez
    4
    4
    3.00

    Mario Suárez

    Was combative throughout but was eventually taken off after being shown a yellow car as it looked increasingly likely that he would see another.

  • Koke
    0
    0
    3.00

    Koke

    The youngster was fighting a losing as the ball was slid from one Barca shirt to another all around him, but held his position well and harried until the end.

  • Arda Turan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Arda Turan

    Unable to influence the game in any meaningful way and looked more and more lost the longer the game wore on.

  • Gabi
    0
    0
    2.50

    Gabi

    Hard to fault his effort but he spent majority of the 90 minutes chasing shadows.

  • Radamel Falcao
    48
    3
    3.50

    Radamel Falcao

    Took his goal with typical class, but was given little opportunity to build on his impressive start as his side were increasingly dominated following the hosts' equaliser.

  • Diego Costa
    3
    15
    2.00

    Diego Costa Flop of the Match

    Did well to rob the ball and release Falcao for the opening goal but offered little else before being withdrawn on the hour mark.

Substitutions

  • Cata Díaz
    0
    1
    3.00

    Cata Díaz

    Thrown on in place of Felip Luis at the start of the second half and fare reasonably well in difficult circumstances.

  • Tiago
    0
    0
    2.50

    Tiago

    Saw half an hour of action after coming on in place of Diego Costa but he was unable to make any sort of meaningful impact on the proceedings.

  • Adrián
    1
    1
    3.00

    Adrián

    Came on just in time to see Messi make it 3-1 to Barca. Put himself about - but to no avail.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barca
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barca
17 0