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March 7, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ S. Moen‎
Attendance:‬ 75632‎
 
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55′ Tello
 
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Champions League Player Ratings: Barcelona 7-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Agg 10-2)

Goal.com rates the players as the Catalans seal a sensational success over their German rivals on Wednesday

By Ben Hayward

  • Víctor Valdés
    428
    103
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Could do nothing about the goal and was otherwise a spectator.

  • Daniel Alves
    455
    101
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    Not as impressive as he can be but still a positive influence down the right-hand side. Tried his luck from long range on a couple of occasions.

  • Piqué
    429
    128
    2.50

    Piqué

    A forgettable first half in which he lost possession and was caught out of position. Also should have got a head on Xavi's cross. Improved after the break but perhaps could have got a tackle in as Bayer scored the consolation.

  • Adriano
    418
    79
    3.00

    Adriano

    Did well defensively and linked up well down the left-hand side before departing in the second half.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    711
    88
    3.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Didn't have his shooting boots on but provided an assist for both Messi and Tello, as well as some excellent link-up play.

  • Xavi
    708
    82
    3.50

    Xavi

    Slightly below his best but still controlled the midfield along with Iniesta before both departed. Provided an assist for Messi's first with a brilliant through ball and was given a rest with the tie long over.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    722
    81
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Buzzed around the Leverkusen area and set up Messi's second goal in a lively display. Replaced early in the second half, along with Xavi, with his presence no longer needed.

  • Javier Mascherano
    529
    94
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Positive in defence in the absence of Puyol and did just enough to put off Derdiyok as the Germans almost pulled a goal back in the second half. But in truth, he was rarely tested.

  • Busquets
    459
    114
    3.00

    Busquets

    A quiet night for the midfielder, who kept it simple and played some good passes. Little to do defensively, especially in the second period.

  • Messi
    5841
    497
    5.00

    Messi Top of the Match

    Five goals in a wonderful performance from the Argentine. Opened the scoring with a neat effort clipped into the corner, cut in from the right to slot home a great second, chipped Leno with his right foot for the third, netted a fourth from an angle and then curled in a great fifth. And it could have been more. A perfect performance.

  • Pedro
    432
    211
    2.50

    Pedro

    His worrying dip in form continues and on a night when Barca scored seven, he never looked likely. Looks to be lacking confidence and missed one fantastic opportunity. Not as involved as he should have been.

Substitutions

  • Muniesa
    434
    73
    3.00

    Muniesa

    Came on for Adriano and slotted in well at the back. Not responsible for the late Leverkusen goal.

  • Seydou Keita
    463
    59
    3.00

    Seydou Keita

    A late substitute, the Malian threatened with a header and was a positive presence.

  • Tello
    1492
    72
    4.00

    Tello

    Scored within a minute of his Champions League debut and added another six minutes later. One for the future and on this evidence, the present as well. Much more dangerous than Pedro.

  • Bernd Leno
    124
    158
    2.00

    Bernd Leno

    Made one good save early on from Pedro, but was poorly positioned for Messi's first goal and should have saved Tello's second. A miserable night.

  • Daniel Schwaab
    47
    82
    2.00

    Daniel Schwaab

    Started well and made some strong tackles in the first half, but was ultimately overrun by the brilliance of Messi and Tello. Could have done with more support from this midfield.

  • Ömer Toprak
    45
    63
    2.50

    Ömer Toprak

    Much like Schwaab, he cannot be blamed too heavily as Messi produced a masterclass, but none of the back four got tight enough on their rivals and Barca's forwards were allowed far too much space around the Bayer box. Caught out time and again.

  • Michal Kadlec
    48
    62
    2.00

    Michal Kadlec

    Did well up against Pedro, but the Tenerife-born winger wasn't on his game anyway. Struggled, like the rest of his defensive team-mates, to deal with the threat of Messi, who cut in to score once from the right and clipped another over Leno from a position Kadlec should have been covering.

  • Stefan Reinartz
    41
    76
    2.00

    Stefan Reinartz

    Unable to provide much of an outlet on the right and was pegged back deep to help with the defending. That still didn't stop both Messi and Tello casuing havoc down that channel. Offered little in an attacking sense.

  • Simon Rolfes
    49
    63
    2.50

    Simon Rolfes

    Chased shadows for most of the game, as he was clearly out of his league. The captian had neither the technique nor the quickness required to match Barca in midfield, and was a reactionary. Did well to assist Bellarabi's goal, but it was far, far too little, and far too late.

  • Lars Bender
    88
    49
    3.00

    Lars Bender

    The only Leverkusen man who could compete with Barca in midfield, the tireless Germany international shackled Dani Alves, denying Barca width on the right. Senselessly substituted by Dutt early in the second half.

  • Renato Augusto
    47
    51
    2.50

    Renato Augusto

    Some brief moments down the left as he ventured forward in the first half, he also helped restrict the threat posed by Dani Alves. Leverkusen were pushed back for large spells, however, and he had little impact in the attacking third.

  • Gonzalo Castro
    72
    140
    1.50

    Gonzalo Castro Flop of the Match

    Made one vital intervention in the second half, but was beaten at will by substitute Tello, who came on and scored both of his goals down the left. Also allowed Messi to escape for Barca's first.

  • Stefan Kießling
    48
    64
    2.00

    Stefan Kießling

    Looked dangerous early in the contest, running into the channels and dragging Pique out of position, but what is an attacking player to do in such a one-sided match? In the end, disappeared completely from the action.

  • Eren Derdiyok
    40
    55
    2.50

    Eren Derdiyok

    The striker had a thankless task, receiving little of the ball at the business end of the pitch. One neat piece of skill fashioned a chance that drifted across the face of goal, but not a night he will remember fondly.

Substitutions

  • Bastian Oczipka
    35
    51
    2.50

    Bastian Oczipka

    Replaced Renato with 23 minutes left but offered little as Barca continued to rack up their goal tally.

  • Karim Bellarabi
    250
    38
    3.50

    Karim Bellarabi

    Came on as a late substitute and troubled the hosts with his running. Played a great 1-2 with Rolfes and scored a consolation goal with a brilliant finish. With two goals in as many games, he surely must be closing in on a starting berth.

  • Andre Schürrle
    48
    55
    2.50

    Andre Schürrle

    Came on as a second-half substitute and showcased his motor on occasion, but those instances were few and far between. For all his talent and ability, he had no lasting effect on the game. Could take a lesson from Bellarabi.

Results
 
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