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February 1, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 51800‎
 
27′ Jonas
Carles Puyol 35′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

Goal.com rates the players in Wednesday night's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg at Mestalla

By Ben Hayward

  • Diego Alves
    183
    22
    0.00

    Diego Alves

    Looked to have done his homework as he made a brilliant penalty save from Messi in the second half. Also kept out a stinging drive from Abidal after that, but was partly to blame for Puyol's goal as he came out for the ball and missed.

  • Adil Rami
    59
    32
    0.00

    Adil Rami

    His partnership with Victor Ruiz is an impressive one and largely limited the influence of Messi, but Alexis was allowed to escape twice and the centre-back could have offered more support to Miguel on the right, as well.

  • Jérémy Mathieu
    89
    23
    0.00

    Jérémy Mathieu

    His pace on the wing caused Barcelona problems and it was his run past Puyol which set up Jonas for the opener. Could have run more at the Barca defence, as he did in the teams' league meeting back in September.

  • Jordi Alba
    93
    16
    0.00

    Jordi Alba

    The reported Barcelona target looked generally solid at left-back as he restricted the influence of Cuenca down the right-hand side and linked up well with Mathieu down the flank.

  • Miguel Brito
    51
    87
    0.00

    Miguel Brito Flop of the Match

    His clumsy challenge on Thiago led to the penalty and he will have been very relieved to have seen Diego Alves make the save. Given problems by Alexis on the flank and his lapses of concentration could have cost Valencia more.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    64
    24
    0.00

    Víctor Ruiz

    Was beaten by Puyol as the Barca captain levelled for the visitors, but the former Espanyol man formed an impressive central-defensive partnership with Rami and helped keep Messi quiet.

  • Albelda
    66
    21
    0.00

    Albelda

    Put in a shift in midfield as he worked tirelessly to restrict the Catalans' influence. Made countless tackles and kept it simple with his passing. Eventually tired and had to be replaced in the second half by Tino Costa.

  • Ever Banega
    80
    21
    0.00

    Ever Banega

    Recently signed a new contract and showed his importance to this side with some good work in both defence and attack, but was also booked for a foul on Cesc and gave the ball away to Messi in a dangerous position early on.

  • Jonas
    175
    34
    0.00

    Jonas Top of the Match

    Good movement in attack and his partnership with Soldado continues to look impressive. Put Valencia ahead with an excellent finish and looked to get into some good positions for the home side.

  • Pablo Piatti
    75
    28
    0.00

    Pablo Piatti

    He was once dubbed the new Messi but he hasn't really ever lived up to that tag. Did show moments of promise with some exciting forward runs, but wasn't much more impressive than his illustrious compatriot on the night.

  • Roberto Soldado
    85
    23
    0.00

    Roberto Soldado

    Not as dangerous as he has looked this season but still show signs of his quality in attack and was unlucky as Pinto came charging off his line and handled outside the area, a moment which could have swung the match in Valencia's favour but which went unpunished.

Substitutions

  • Tino Costa
    54
    16
    0.00

    Tino Costa

    Came on for Albelda but was unable to provide the added creativity his side needed in the final 20 minutes.

  • Sofiane Feghouli
    47
    25
    0.00

    Sofiane Feghouli

    Replaced Piatti with just over half an hour left but didn't really make much of an impression in an attacking sense.

  • Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
    48
    20
    0.00

    Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia

    Came on for Jonas but never really looked likely to cause Barca problems.

  • José Pinto Colorado
    95
    204
    0.00

    José Pinto Colorado

    Could do nothing about the goal and was largely untroubled but was lucky to stay on the pitch after he handled outside his area under pressure from Soldado. Had he been sent off - as he should have been - the game may have been very different.

  • Éric Abidal
    107
    83
    0.00

    Éric Abidal

    Caused occasional problems by the pace of Piatti down the flank but was largely solid and came close to scoring as his stinging drive was saved by Diego Alves.

  • Piqué
    89
    108
    0.00

    Piqué

    Competent in central defence as he coped well with the threat of Soldado, using his height and strength to make some key blocks in the area. Poor control saw him lose the ball once on the flank but it came to nothing.

  • Carles Puyol
    178
    88
    0.00

    Carles Puyol

    The usual no-nonsense performance from Puyol, who was given the tough task of marking Mathieu as he switched to right-back. Was beaten by the Frenchman as Jonas scored the first goal, but made some key tackles and scored the equaliser, too.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    82
    156
    0.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Cesc hasn't been at his best lately and this game was another example as he struggled to make his mark. Looks short on confidence and took a blow to the head as well.

  • Javier Mascherano
    99
    96
    0.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Back in central defence, the Argentine midfielder looked his usual composed self. Picked up a booking and let Soldado get away from him once, but was solid for the most part in his improvised role.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    85
    117
    0.00

    Thiago Alcántara

    Playing instead of the rested Xavi, the young midfielder didn't have his best game as Barca struggled against an intense Valencia side. He did win the penalty which should have given the Catalans victory, however, only for Messi to miss it.

  • Busquets
    77
    125
    0.00

    Busquets

    Did well defensively, did little offensively. Barcelona, rarely, could have done with more creativity and he isn't the man to provide it. Lost possession too many times but did act as a shield for his defence and was important in that respect.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    88
    126
    0.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    Not his best performance. Caused problems with his pace and twice raced through the Valencia defence, only to screw wide with an awful shot on once occasion and see his other effort saved by Diego Alves.

  • Cuenca
    78
    125
    0.00

    Cuenca

    Has looked brilliant at times this season, but he didn't tonight as he was well marshalled by Jordi Alba. Tried his tricks on the flank but not much came off and he was replaced late on by Tello.

  • Messi
    339
    483
    0.00

    Messi

    Not his night and he has looked off colour, for a few games now. Had one good run early in the game and came close as he hit a good effort just over the bar late in the first half, but his poor penalty in the second period was saved by Diego Alves as Valencia were let off the hook.

Substitutions

  • Daniel Alves
    90
    116
    0.00

    Daniel Alves

    Came on in the second half and should have scored as he raced into the right-hand side of the area, but drilled his shot against the post with Diego Alves beaten.

  • Tello
    85
    83
    0.00

    Tello

    Came on for the last four minutes but had little impact.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
Barcelona
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Midfielder
Real Madrid
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Midfielder
Atl. Madrid
4 0
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 2