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February 8, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
Attendance:‬ 90237‎
 
 
81′ Xavi
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 2-0 Valencia

Goal.com rates the players in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg at Camp Nou on Wednesday night, which the Catalans won to claim their place in the May showpiece

By Ben Hayward

  • José Pinto Colorado
    145
    48
    3.00

    José Pinto Colorado

    Looked solid virtually throughout. Came charging off his line to clear outside his area in the first half - and this time not with his hands. Then saved brilliantly from Jordi Alba when the full-back looked set to score. Also pushed over a Jonas piledriver in the second half, but came out for the ball and missed in the second half and will have been relieved as Mascherano cleared.

  • Éric Abidal
    142
    36
    3.00

    Éric Abidal

    Defended well against Feghouli and Miguel as Valencia had little joy down his side of the pitch. Also made some good runs down the flank and offered decent support to Alexis and his midfield, but his poor positioning early on allowed Feghouli in for a good chance.

  • Piqué
    150
    32
    3.00

    Piqué

    Put under pressure by the Valencia forwards but managed to help himself out of some difficult situations as he showed some neat skills and his usual calm on the ball. Given one or two difficult moments by the pace of Jordi Alba but largely untroubled.

  • Carles Puyol
    162
    31
    3.00

    Carles Puyol

    Switched to full-back as in last week's first leg match and looked assured in the position, having started his career as a wide defender. Spirited as usual, with some key blocks and even played one or two balls into the box at the other end.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    348
    46
    3.50

    Cesc Fàbregas Top of the Match

    Gave Barca the lead with a sublime finish as he lobbed Diego Alves with an exquisite shot. Had two more good chances to extend Barca's lead, but was unable to beat the Brazilian again. Set up Messi for a chance with a glorious ball, though, and laid on the second goal for Xavi.

  • Javier Mascherano
    169
    32
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Solid in the most part in his central defensive role, looking comfortable alongside Pique and Puyol, the Argentine made one vital clearance under pressure from Aduriz as Pinto came for the ball and missed.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    170
    40
    3.00

    Thiago Alcántara

    On Saturday he failed to convince alongside Jonathan dos Santos, but was back next to the master, Xavi, in this match, and appeared far more comfortable, linking up with short, triangular passes with his forwards and midfield colleagues. Also produced one fantastic 'roulette' at the end.

  • Xavi
    225
    35
    3.50

    Xavi

    Returning to the side after a two-game rest, Xavi struggled with Valencia's early intensity but grew in stature as Barca slowly took control of the game. Came close with a neat lobbed effort in the second half and scored the second with a brilliant finish after that.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    155
    90
    2.50

    Alexis Sánchez

    Went down easily in the area in the first half, and the referee waved play on. Was caught offside when Barca could have launched a promising attack and struggled to get the better of the robust Mathieu. Also shot off target in a mediocre game by his standards.

  • Cuenca
    140
    61
    2.50

    Cuenca

    Looks more comfortable on the right than on the left - and it showed in this match. Kept cutting inside instead of running at his man, sent one effort off target from close range when he should have scored, but did set up Messi for a great chance which was spurned.

  • Messi
    420
    88
    3.50

    Messi

    Has looked below his best of late but was hugely participative on the night and did everything but score as he came up against Diego Alves, the woodwork and a heroic block from Victor Ruiz. Some excellent running with the ball, too, but lacked the final finish. He did set up Cesc's goal with a great long pass, though.

Substitutions

  • Daniel Alves
    115
    43
    0.00

    Daniel Alves

    Came on for the last five minutes and was lively as he saw his shot deflected wide right at the end.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    133
    33
    0.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Back from injury, the midfielder came on for a late cameo and earned the applause of the Camp Nou crowd. Little time to impress, though.

  • Tello
    124
    30
    0.00

    Tello

    Came on with a minute left and had no time to make an impact.

  • Diego Alves
    111
    37
    3.00

    Diego Alves

    Hesitant as he stayed on his line for Cesc's opener, which he could probably have cut out, but redeemed himself with a string of wonderful saves from Fabregas himself and Messi. Could do nothing about the second goal and was simply overworked in the end.

  • Adil Rami
    33
    26
    3.00

    Adil Rami

    Some heroic defending from the Frenchman, who came up with a series of blocks and used his pace to get him out of trouble on more than one occasion. In the end, however, he was unable to cope with the inevitable onslaught from the home side.

  • Jérémy Mathieu
    55
    18
    3.50

    Jérémy Mathieu

    Impressed both defensively with some fine full-back play up against Alexis as he restricted the Chilean's influence and in his forward running as he switched dangerously with Jordi Alba. Also set up Feghouli for a wonderful chance early on in the game.

  • Jordi Alba
    72
    13
    3.50

    Jordi Alba

    A Barcelona youth player and much-publicised target for the Catalan club, the Spain full-back impressed - like Mathieu - both defensively and offensively, coming closer than anyone to giving Valencia the vital goal they needed to get themselves back in the game.

  • Miguel Brito
    19
    31
    3.00

    Miguel Brito

    Solid up against Cuenca but less impressive going forward, aside from one or two decent deep passes. Has been in the team for years, but looks to be living on borrowed time in a position Valencia could strengthen in the summer.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    26
    35
    3.00

    Víctor Ruiz

    An impressive display from the former Espanyol man, who produced a no-nonsense performance and cut out numerous balls into the danger area. Like Rami, however, he was overcome by the sheer force of the Barca attack.

  • Albelda
    27
    20
    3.00

    Albelda

    You know what you will get from Albelda and his experienced head in midfield help Valencia to dominate in the early stages as he cleaned up in the centre of the park. But he is less mobile than he used to be and faded in the second half before eventually being taken off.

  • Ever Banega
    38
    26
    2.50

    Ever Banega

    Good and bad from Banega, who showed some excellent touches but also gave away possession far too many times in key areas, which you cannot afford to do at Camp Nou.

  • Sofiane Feghouli
    35
    65
    2.50

    Sofiane Feghouli Flop of the Match

    Rasped the side netting with a fierce drive early on and was unlucky, but should have at least hit the target when Valencia badly needed to take advantage of their early dominance. Was then dismissed for a second yellow on 76 minutes, when he petulantly pushed Puyol, leaving his side dead and buried.

  • Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
    25
    25
    2.50

    Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia

    In for the flu-ridden Roberto Soldado, the Basque forward led the line well and provided an outlet up front, but was off target with a lobbed effort in the first half and beaten to a loose ball later by Mascherano. Did his best, but Soldado was missed.

  • Jonas
    31
    25
    3.00

    Jonas

    A positive presence behind Aduriz, but rarely troubled Pinto in the Barca goal. Some neat touches and stung the keeper's hand with a rasping drive, which Pinto pushed over. Other than that, not too much.

Substitutions

  • Tino Costa
    24
    18
    0.00

    Tino Costa

    Introduced for the final 20 minutes, but was restricted to a very few touches, particularly following Feghouli's dismissal six minutes later.

  • Parejo
    20
    18
    0.00

    Parejo

    Came on for Albelda with six minutes left but Valencia were down to 10 men by then and he failed to see much of the ball.

  • Pablo Piatti
    32
    16
    0.00

    Pablo Piatti

    Came on in the latter stages when Valencia needed a goal but Barca were on top by then and he had very 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