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November 10, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
Estadio Benito Villamarín — Sevilla
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 45000‎
 
90+2′ (PG) Jorge Molina
Neymar 36′
 
Pedro 37′
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Betis 1-4 Barcelona

A Fabregas double helps the Blaugrana maintain their unbeaten start to the season with an impressive win over Pepe Mel's side in Seville

By Tom Webber

  • Guillermo Sara
    16
    5
    3.50

    Guillermo Sara

    Did not have an awful lot to do before Barca put two goals past him in quick succession in the first half. He positioned himself excellently to deny Neymar with a double-stop during the second half.

  • Markus Steinhöfer
    11
    6
    3.00

    Markus Steinhöfer

    Did a good job of frustrating Neymar during the early exchanges, getting very tight to him and limiting his impact. He also proved a positive outlet higher up the pitch and supplied some quality deliveries into the area.

  • Nacho
    7
    7
    2.50

    Nacho

    Allowed Pedro far too much freedom on his flank and failed to track his runs in behind. He also allowed Fabregas to get round the back of him to assist the opening goal. He had a very disappointing game.

  • Jordi Figueras
    11
    3
    2.50

    Jordi Figueras

    The centre-back was far too static at times, allowing Barcelona in behind all too often. He failed to close Pedro as the winger ran through to score Barcelona's second, but he did stop him from adding a third just before the break.

  • José Caro
    11
    10
    3.00

    José Caro

    Made a number of clumsy challenges and was fortunate to get away with one that ended Messi's game early. He was not alert to Neymar's movement for the opener and he was continually caught out playing too high.

  • Xavi Torres
    7
    6
    3.00

    Xavi Torres

    Spurned a great opportunity early on as he headed over from 12 yards out. He struggled to get near to the ball in midfield and spent much of the game trying to chase down the Barca players in possession.

  • Vadillo
    9
    7
    3.00

    Vadillo

    Looked to use his pace to catch Barcelona on the counter-attack, and he supplied a great cross for Juan Carlos in the first half but Valdes saved. He faded into a peripheral figure after the break, though.

  • Nono
    10
    5
    3.50

    Nono

    Made a number of strong challenges in midfield and did his best to disrupt Barca's play. He struck the post early in the second half with a brilliant effort but was withdrawn after picking up a booking.

  • Verdú
    9
    3
    3.00

    Verdú

    Struggled to really orchestrate the Betis attack, though he linked the play well during the first half. He narrowly missed the target soon after the break but was withdrawn in the 63rd minute.

  • Juan Carlos
    7
    11
    2.50

    Juan Carlos Flop of the Match

    Could have scored with a decent header in the first half but Valdes somehow got to it. He failed to really use his pace to get in behind Alves and was sacrificed in the 67th minute for a more defensive option.

  • Jorge Molina
    15
    5
    3.50

    Jorge Molina

    The striker showed some intelligent movement to find space in behind the Barcelona defence. He was denied by Valdes during the first half but eventually got on the scoresheet with a stoppage-time penalty.

Substitutions

  • Dídac Vilà
    9
    5
    3.00

    Dídac Vilà

    Replaced Juan Carlos in the 67th minute.

  • Matilla
    8
    4
    3.00

    Matilla

    Brought on for Nono in the 75th minute and won his side a late penalty.

  • Chuli
    7
    5
    3.00

    Chuli

    Came on for Verdu in the 63rd minute and managed to get into some dangerous areas, but never really stretched Valdes.

  • Víctor Valdés
    203
    13
    4.00

    Víctor Valdés

    The keeper made a couple of brilliant saves, denying both Molina and Juan Carlos during Betis' bright start. They proved crucial as Barca soon broke the deadlock. He provided a solid base at the back.

  • Montoya
    103
    14
    3.00

    Montoya

    Was caught up the pitch early on and soon became more reserved. He allowed a few too many crosses into the box from his flank but supplied an assist for Fabregas' first in the second half.

  • Carles Puyol
    95
    29
    3.00

    Carles Puyol

    Guilty of trying to do too much with the ball at times, he gave possession away cheaply when there really was no need. However, he helped limit the service to Molina for most of the game.

  • Bartra
    189
    16
    3.50

    Bartra

    The young centre-back put in a mature display, sweeping up at the back regularly. He made a couple of brilliant blocks, putting his body on the line to help his side keep another clean sheet.

  • Daniel Alves
    106
    23
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    The Brazilian was unrelenting on the right flank, continually pushing forward to provide ammunition for the strikers. Hie supplied a great cross for Fabregas' second but conceded a needless late penalty which Molina converted.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    243
    25
    4.00

    Cesc Fàbregas Top of the Match

    A dynamic midfield performance from the Spaniard. He played some brilliant passes in midfield, linking with his team-mates effectively and also pushing. He assisted the opener and then went on to score a double himself.

  • Xavi
    96
    37
    3.00

    Xavi

    A solid, if unspectacular performance from the midfield maestro. He knocked the ball about capably but only supplied a couple of real killer passes throughout the game.

  • Alex Song
    180
    20
    3.50

    Alex Song

    Marshaled the midfield well, covering for the full-backs and making some decent challenges. Showed the other side of his game with a quality pass which was key to the opening goal.

  • Pedro
    137
    29
    3.50

    Pedro

    Made a number of brilliant runs down the right flank, continually finding space behind Nacho to worry the Betis defence. He took his goal brilliantly in the first half and could well have had another.

  • Messi
    158
    102

    Messi

    The Argentine did not have much time to get involved in the game before a rash challenge from Caro led to him being withdrawn after just 21 minutes.

  • Neymar
    264
    29
    3.50

    Neymar

    Was frustrated with the physical nature of Steinhofer's marking but after breaking the deadlock with a simple finish he grew in confidence. His movement was impressive and he shouldered the responsibilities left by Messi's withdrawal.

Substitutions

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    152
    18
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Replaced Messi in the 22nd minute and provided plenty of creativity for his team. His exquisite pass was key to Barcelona's third.

  • Sergi Roberto
    84
    13

    Sergi Roberto

    Came on for Fabregas with 10 minutes remaining.

  • Tello
    61
    49

    Tello

    Brought on for Neymar in the 73rd minute but unable to impact the game.

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