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September 19, 2010 6:00 PM BST
Estadio Vicente Calderón — Madrid
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
Attendance:‬ 54000‎
 
Messi 13′
 
Piqué 32′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Atletico Madrid 1-2 Barcelona

The champions emerged from the Vicente Calderon with the points. Goal.com rates the players on show...

By Paul Macdonald

  • David de Gea
    474
    27
    0.00

    David de Gea Top of the Match

    The young shot-stopper kept his team in the match, producing fantastic saves from David Villa, Xavi, and Pedro, and was helpless for either goal.

  • Tomas Ujfalusi
    130
    173
    0.00

    Tomas Ujfalusi

    Was far more effective from an attacking perspective than on defensive duties, but his ridiculous lunge on Messi that merited a red card cannot be tolerated.

  • Diego Godín
    39
    23
    0.00

    Diego Godín

    Has been an assured addition in defence but was caught hopelessly under the ball and allowed Pique to escape him to score.

  • L. Perea
    26
    28
    0.00

    L. Perea

    Atletico look far less composed defensively when the Colombian is playing, and once again he seemed incapable of tracking runs and regularly gave the ball away.

  • Álvaro Domínguez
    25
    21
    2.50

    Álvaro Domínguez

    Fortunate to remain on the pitch after being cautioned early on, and despite committing numerous fouls afterwards, remained on until subbed midway through the second half. Struggled to deal with Pedro and Dani Alves in his unconventional left-back slot.

  • Reyes
    40
    35
    3.00

    Reyes

    Always capable of running with the ball at his feet, but Barcelona in the form of Andres Iniesta and Maxwell doubled up on him well and restricted his space.

  • Paulo Assunçao
    41
    17
    3.50

    Paulo Assunçao

    Like his compatriot Raul Garcia, struggled to cope with the passing ability of Xavi and Iniesta, and chased shadows for the majority of the first half.

  • Raúl García
    40
    17
    2.50

    Raúl García

    Got up superbly to power home Atletico's equaliser, but struggled at times to get anywhere near Barcelona, who were able to pass their way through at will.

  • Simão
    60
    91
    2.50

    Simão Flop of the Match

    Continues to deliver a good set piece but offered little else from open play in the final third.

  • Sergio Agüero
    58
    37
    2.50

    Sergio Agüero

    The Argentine had been a fitness doubt beforehand, and it showed; Kun's touch was off and appeared to be on the periphery of the action. Replaced early in the second half.

  • Diego Forlán
    63
    33
    2.50

    Diego Forlán

    The Uruguayan was isolated for long spells of the match and was not afforded a chance of note during the entire 90 minutes.

Substitutions

  • Antonio López
    31
    15
    2.50

    Antonio López

    Replaced Dominguez at full-back but wasted a decent opening by shooting tamely into the side net.

  • Tiago
    29
    21
    0.00

    Tiago

    Thrown on to be a creative spark but was unable to pick out the killer pass when required.

  • Diego Costa
    32
    44
    2.50

    Diego Costa

    Came on for Aguero at the beginning of the second half but did absolutely nothing of any note.

  • Víctor Valdés
    136
    57
    0.00

    Víctor Valdés

    The Spanish international did not cover himself in glory when he came out to claim Simao's corner but got nowhere near it and allowed Raul Garcia to head Atletico back into the game.

  • Daniel Alves
    173
    28
    0.00

    Daniel Alves

    Was not only an excellent attacking option but his pressing high up the pitch forced Atletico into making mistakes and won possession back for his team.

  • Piqué
    220
    40
    0.00

    Piqué

    Showed the composure of a striker to brillantly control and volley home a superb goal, and marshaled the back line with Puyol well.

  • Carles Puyol
    193
    33
    0.00

    Carles Puyol

    Came back from injury into the atmosphere of the Vicente Calderon, and gave a captains performance as the match became heated, ensuring a calming influence remained in Barcelona's back line.

  • Maxwell
    146
    42
    2.50

    Maxwell

    Dealt with the real threat of Reyes running at him, and with the support of Iniesta, managed to keep his runs to a minimum, while offering support of his own at the attacking end of the pitch.

  • Xavi
    220
    42
    3.50

    Xavi

    The midfield orchestrator slotted through balls all evening, and had his teammates converted the scoreline would have been far more handsome.

  • Busquets
    175
    50
    3.00

    Busquets

    Preferred to Mascherano in midfield and continues to improve week on week, keeping the play simple and getting in crucial interceptions.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    192
    38
    4.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    The Spanish World Cup winner left the pitch to a standing ovation for his international exploits, and ran the match from the midfield alongside his compatriot Xavi.

  • Pedro
    160
    46
    3.00

    Pedro

    Sliderule pass set up Messi's opening goal, and gave Dominguez a torrid evening by constantly remaining on the move and in tandem with Messi and Villa.

  • Messi
    454
    76
    3.50

    Messi

    Another imperious performance from the little Argentine, particularly in the first half. Besides from his impudently taken opening goal, constantly ran at the Atletico back line and gave them no end of problems. Late injury will be cause for concern for the champions.

  • David Villa
    187
    76
    2.50

    David Villa

    The normally lethal hitman missed three excellent opportunities, and lost out in his duel with David de Gea, who denied him every time. Always willing to take possession, though.

Substitutions

  • Seydou Keita
    75
    74
    2.50

    Seydou Keita

    Came on in the closing stages to help see out the win.

  • Javier Mascherano
    155
    103
    0.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Came on in injury time - and still picked up a yellow card for a late tackle.

  • Bojan Krkic
    72
    95
    0.00

    Bojan Krkic

    Was given the last minute as Messi was carried off.

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