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October 22, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ F. Brych‎
Attendance:‬ 74487‎
 
9′ Robinho
Messi 24′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Milan 1-1 Barcelona

Goal took in the action at San Siro, where the Rossoneri went ahead courtesy of Robinho before Lionel Messi equalised for the Blaugrana

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Marco Amelia
    368
    37
    3.50

    Marco Amelia

    Made two solid saves throughout and was quickly off his line to confront the opposition forwards. Not bad for his first game since April.

  • Philippe Mexes
    335
    55
    3.50

    Philippe Mexes

    Dominant in the air and did not ever shy away from a challenge. Superlative defensive display.

  • Cristian Zapata
    311
    73
    3.50

    Cristian Zapata

    Covered the entire backline with distinction, putting out fires whenever his fellow defenders slipped up.

  • Ignazio Abate
    341
    37
    3.50

    Ignazio Abate

    After one or two nervy moments, he steadied himself well, making it hard for Barcelona to find a route through to goal on his flank.

  • Kevin Constant
    216
    117
    3.00

    Kevin Constant

    Quietly impressive throughout, though he was a little slow to react to Messi's run in the build-up to Barca's goal in the first half.

  • Sulley Muntari
    378
    53
    3.50

    Sulley Muntari

    Along with De Jong and Montolivo in the Milan midfield, he added a fair amount of steel and sweat, working extremely hard to close down the opposition. Provided one or two incisive balls at the other end of the pitch as well.

  • Valter Birsa
    191
    149
    2.50

    Valter Birsa

    Could not build up to his match-winning performance against Udinese on the weekend, as he failed to test the opposition defence and fluffed his lines from set pieces.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    382
    37
    3.00

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Could not offer much offensively, but put in an admirable shift off the ball, hassling and harrying his Blaugrana counterparts regularly.

  • Nigel De Jong
    386
    40
    3.50

    Nigel De Jong

    Broke up play superbly numerous times on the edge of the box. Did not let up in intensity for one second.

  • Robinho
    461
    75
    3.50

    Robinho

    Played like a man with a mission early on, starting and finishing a move following a defensive mix-up from Barca, but was not quite able to reach those heights again, missing a glorious chance in the second half.

  • Kaká
    908
    51
    3.50

    Kaká Top of the Match

    Showed great awareness to receive Robinho's pass and then slot in the striker for the goal, but like his compatriot, he could not maintain the same level throughout the rest of the match.

Substitutions

  • Urby Emanuelson
    160
    88
    3.00

    Urby Emanuelson

    Provided some surprising toughness in the middle of the park, though he committed one too many fouls.

  • Mario Balotelli
    282
    77
    3.00

    Mario Balotelli

    A solid focal point at the head of the attack, holding the ball up well in his usual manner.

  • Víctor Valdés
    97
    159
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Could do little about the goal and was barely given any reason to worry by Milan otherwise.

  • Piqué
    75
    222
    3.00

    Piqué

    Should take a little of the blame for his failure to communicate with Mascherano during the build-up to the opener. Otherwise, Milan were rarely able to exert pressure on him.

  • Adriano
    82
    174
    2.50

    Adriano

    Pushed forward for most of the match, but could not provide his side with any level of penetration out on the left. Also caught upfield on a few occasions.

  • Daniel Alves
    92
    175
    2.50

    Daniel Alves

    Like Adriano, his willingness to get forward saw him leave a few gaps in behind. He was not much help in the attacking third either, creating little.

  • Xavi
    130
    161
    2.50

    Xavi

    Facilitated Barca's tiki-taka football in his usual efficient manner, and came mightily close to carving apart the defence with a few long balls from deep.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    175
    137
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Played a key part in maintaining his team's stronghold over possession and was difficult for the defence to pick up. Showed typical yet remarkable poise to pounce on a slack pass to release Messi for the equaliser in the first half.

  • Javier Mascherano
    63
    229
    2.50

    Javier Mascherano

    Completely at fault for the opening goal as he hacked a routine clearance off the back of Pique, causing momentary confusion to allow Robinho to steal in to set events in motion.

  • Busquets
    135
    166
    3.00

    Busquets

    Excellent at the base of the Catalans' dominant midfield, positioning himself perfectly to both provide a safe passing option and snuff out the Rossoneri when they looked to break out of their own half.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    118
    174
    3.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    Made a few promising runs behind the defence, and snapped a decent volley into the arms of Amelia on his best opening. A useful nuisance.

  • Messi
    305
    234
    3.50

    Messi

    Took his goal with his customary clinical finishing, and was the most likely source of a breakthrough for the Blaugrana. Overall though, by the Argentine's indomitable standards, it was not his brightest game.

  • Neymar
    173
    333
    2.00

    Neymar Flop of the Match

    He sliced an open volley agonisingly wide with one of the best chances of the game, but other than that, he simply could not get going, or give Barca a viable option up front.

Substitutions

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    89
    190
    2.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Glanced an ambitious header wide on a free kick, but could not find a way through on goal otherwise.

Results
Group A Matchday 2
Times In BST
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
10 1
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2