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March 13, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán — Sevilla
Referee:‬ Miguel Pérez‎
Attendance:‬ 45000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona

By Paul Macdonald

  • Javi Varas
    77
    13
    4.00

    Javi Varas

    The rookie shot-stopper make a number of important saves, and denied Lionel Messi in particular on a number of occasions, in a superb display.

  • Martín Cáceres
    59
    16
    3.50

    Martín Cáceres

    The Uruguayan found getting forward difficult in the first half, but proved himself to be competent both in defence and attack, as he attempted to keep Barca's front-three quiet.

  • Federico Julián Fazio
    49
    16
    3.00

    Federico Julián Fazio

    Stuck as close to Messi as possible when the striker was in and around the area, and while he wasn't always able to control him, he provided some crucial challenges as Sevilla were forced to hold on in the closing moments.

  • Alexis
    40
    20
    3.00

    Alexis

    He and Fazio struggled to cope with Barca's movement in the first half, but was responsible for some inspired last-ditch defending in the second as the visiting team turned the screw.

  • Fernando Navarro
    51
    18
    3.00

    Fernando Navarro

    An uncompromising display from the stopper, who was at the heart of Sevilla's physical defending as they looked to strangle the space given to Barca. Made a crucial goal-line clearance to preserve their point.

  • Jesús Navas González
    106
    16
    3.00

    Jesús Navas González

    The winger was forced to defend for almost the entire first half, but enjoyed more attacking freedom in the second. Scored a headed equaliser, and almost struck the winner, but saw his effort blocked by the body of Valdes.

  • Gary Medel
    89
    14
    3.50

    Gary Medel

    The Chilean roared and rocked into countless challenges and refused to give the Barca midfielders any time to settle in possession. Was involved in spats with Xavi and Iniesta, and did well to attempt to put both off their game.

  • Ivan Rakitic
    44
    38
    2.00

    Ivan Rakitic

    The match seemed to pass the former Schalke playmaker by, and apart from an early shot that flew over the crossbar, was on the periphery of the action.

  • Didier Zokora
    37
    21
    2.50

    Didier Zokora

    He and Medel attempted to bite at the heels of Barcelona whenever they were in possession, and although he was not as effective as his compatriot, gave his all for the team.

  • Diego Capel
    40
    20
    2.50

    Diego Capel

    Worked hard from a defensive perspective but rarely produced anything positive when he was in possession. Should have taken advantage of Adriano's missed clearance header in the first half, but poor control saw him lose the chance.

  • Negredo
    75
    11
    3.00

    Negredo

    The striker was isolated in the first half, but was far more involved in the second, and his persistence and neat cross helped set up Navas' equaliser. Missed a glorious chance to win the match when he blazed high and wide.

Substitutions

  • Romaric
    34
    14
    0.00

    Romaric

    Given the last few minutes to wind down the clock.

  • Perotti
    88
    7
    3.50

    Perotti

    Came on for the last twenty minutes, and his pace on the break tormented Barca, who couldn't cope with his direct running.

  • Fred Kanouté
    135
    11
    3.50

    Fred Kanouté

    The evergreen attacker was an inspirational substitute, and his wonderful through pass to Negredo helped to set up Navas' goal. The match changed in Sevilla's favour after he was introduced.

  • Víctor Valdés
    64
    74
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    A spectator in the first half, but had no chance for Navas' goal, and he showed good reflexes to block an effort from the winger later in the contest.

  • Daniel Alves
    63
    74
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    Spent much of the match in Sevilla's half, and unselfishly laid in Bojan to open the scoring, but couldn't stop Negredo getting his cross into the area to allow Navas to level the game.

  • Piqué
    55
    73
    3.00

    Piqué

    Sevilla were no threat in the first half, but in the second the introduction of Kanoute seemed to drag him out of position, and looked far from comfortable when the home side broke with pace in the second half.

  • Éric Abidal
    72
    55
    3.00

    Éric Abidal

    Strolled through the first half, but looked less assured in the second, with Negredo's physical presence and substitute Perotti's pace causing him problems.

  • Adriano
    52
    85
    2.00

    Adriano

    Enterprising as always from an attacking perspective, but looked shaky in spells in the second half, and his ill-judged pass across the area almost gifted a goal to Negredo. Hooked with fifteen minutes remaining.

  • Xavi
    92
    63
    3.00

    Xavi

    The playmaker linked well with Messi, and picked out numerous passes in the first half as Barcelona dominated, but was less effective in the second half, as Sevilla improved their pressing game in the centre of the pitch.

  • Busquets
    56
    83
    3.00

    Busquets

    Returned to his regular position in the centre of midfield, and found the second half to be a real physical battle, with Zokora and Medel proving to be uncompromising in their approach.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    210
    78
    4.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján Top of the Match

    A superb display from the Spanish international, particularly in the first half, when his range of passing and vision came to the fore. Wonderful through ball helped assist Bojan's opener, and was at the heart of everything positive produced by the champions.

  • Pedro
    69
    69
    0.00

    Pedro

    The winger's evening came to an abrupt end, limping off with a thigh injury after just ten minutes.

  • Messi
    178
    195
    3.00

    Messi

    Fans of Barca held their breath as the Argentine seemed to injure his knee, but recovered and will wonder how he failed to get his name on the scoresheet. Struck the crossbar, and was twice denied by Varas. Also saw a legitimate free kick disallowed.

  • David Villa
    139
    147
    2.50

    David Villa Flop of the Match

    An extremely quiet night for the usually prolific striker. Apart from one shot in the first half that whizzed over, his involvement was minimal.

Substitutions

  • Maxwell
    41
    57
    0.00

    Maxwell

    Replaced Adriano on the left flank for the final fifteen minutes of the match.

  • Seydou Keita
    48
    57
    0.00

    Seydou Keita

    Came on for Villa for the last five minutes.

  • Bojan Krkic
    139
    80
    3.50

    Bojan Krkic

    Came into the match early due to Pedro's injury, and duly opened the scoring with the simplest of goals. Should have been awarded a second-half penalty, and looked to have regained some of his confidence.

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
26 4
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0