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September 2, 2012 8:30 PM BST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Miguel Pérez‎
Attendance:‬ 76352‎
 
23′ Adriano
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Goal.com rates the players who saw action at Camp Nou, with Adriano's goal winning the game for the home team and keeping Barca top of the league

By Daniel Edwards

  • Víctor Valdés
    64
    45
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Barely figured in the match, and it is difficult to remember the goalkeeper being forced into a single save over the course of 90 minutes.

  • Daniel Alves
    77
    25
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    A constant threat during the first period, but complained of a muscle injury with just two minutes on the clock and was withdrawn at the break for Alba.

  • Piqué
    74
    33
    3.50

    Piqué

    Slack early on, giving Soldado far too much space and picking up a cheap yellow card. From that early wobble, an assured performance followed from the centre-back who did well to snuff out the threat of the No. 9.

  • Adriano
    121
    39
    4.00

    Adriano Top of the Match

    A strike to remember from the Brazilian, who left Alves helpless when his long range effort put the Catalans in the lead. Always dangerous going forward and tidy in defence.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    80
    104
    2.50

    Cesc Fàbregas Flop of the Match

    Guilty of missing a golden opportunity for the second when his chip only found the post. Another chance was blazed over the bar, leaving a black mark on what was an otherwise busy, all action display.

  • Xavi
    93
    28
    3.50

    Xavi

    An uncharacteristic loss of possession early in the second half almost opened the door for Valencia. A delicious nutmeg provoked one of the biggest cheers of the night from the Camp Nou.

  • Javier Mascherano
    82
    30
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    The most vocal member of the home defence, Mascherano marshalled well and put in a solid performance. Put his body on the line to deny Jonas a header, paying the price with a nasty blow.

  • Alex Song
    138
    34
    3.00

    Alex Song

    Did not miss a beat throughout his first start in Barcelona colours, continually cutting Valencia attacks off and starting counter attacks. Demonstrated why he could prove a valuable alternative to Busquets throughout a gruelling season.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    82
    33
    3.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    A vital cog in Barca's build up play, always searching for the ball and making himself available. A brilliant individual play early in the second half should have led to the second goal of the evening.

  • Messi
    140
    66
    3.50

    Messi

    Not his most talismanic performance, but at times flawless stuff from the Argentina captain who was a constant danger to the Valencia backline. His selflessness in the first half backfired when Cesc spurned a gilt edged chance.

  • Pedro
    90
    24
    3.50

    Pedro

    Forced a good save from Alves in the first half, having shown brilliant commitment in chasing down a ball that appeared destined to go out of play. Struggled against the determined marking of Cissokho, but always dangerous with the ball at feet.

Substitutions

  • Jordi Alba
    71
    27
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    An injury to Alves gave the young full-back the chance to shine against his former club after the break, and Jordi showed signs of his potential with a busy display down the left flank.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    82
    26
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    The midfielder was given a standing ovation when he replaced Fabregas and injected pace and urgency into a Barca team that had started to lag somewhat.

  • Diego Alves
    53
    9
    3.50

    Diego Alves

    The star of the show for Valencia. Had no chance with Adriano's opener but made several key stops to keep his side in touch throughout the game.

  • Adil Rami
    29
    13
    3.00

    Adil Rami

    Impressive in the centre of defence. Played deep and gave Barca no chance to exploit spaces between the backline, while producing a number of excellent interventions.

  • João Pereira
    29
    11
    3.00

    João Pereira

    Forced to spend almost the entire game on the back foot, with precious few opportunities to prove down the right flank. Rarely caught out.

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    29
    17
    3.50

    Jose Andrés Guardado

    Erratic final ball but was one of the most ambitious in a compact, defensive minded Valencia team and was the focal point of most attacks.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    20
    15
    3.00

    Víctor Ruiz

    Denied an equaliser by the linesman's flag after he stole a march on the Barca defence. Later headed agonisingly over with seconds left, when he should at least have hit the target.

  • Aly Cissokho
    40
    8
    3.50

    Aly Cissokho

    Excellent showing from the left-back on his competitive debut for Los Che. Almost let in Pedro on one occasion during the first half, but for the most part shackled the winger and Dani Alves to keep the defence intact.

  • Albelda
    10
    25
    2.50

    Albelda

    Exasperated at times in his task of keeping Messi under wraps from deep. Resorted to fouling the Argentine wizard on more than one occasion and picked up a yellow card.

  • Sofiane Feghouli
    14
    22
    2.50

    Sofiane Feghouli

    Incurred the wrath of Soldado when he shot over in the first half, wasting a rare opening for the visitors. Disappointing game for the Algerian, who could find no way through.

  • Tino Costa
    25
    8
    3.00

    Tino Costa

    Forced to play almost in his own penalty area for large portions of the encounter due to the pressure exerted by the home team. Diligent work in harrying the Barca midfield, with little attacking threat.

  • Jonas
    13
    19
    2.50

    Jonas

    Endured a frustrating afternoon, starved of the ball up front and with much of his work on the pitch proving fruitless. Almost ended the game with a bang when he sent a delicious half volley flying just over.

  • Roberto Soldado
    31
    13
    3.00

    Roberto Soldado

    A tireless performance full of sacrifice and guts from the striker, who came closer than anyone to putting Valencia on the score sheet with his first half effort.

Substitutions

  • Fernando Gago
    21
    14

    Fernando Gago

    Given a brief run out in the final 15 minutes for Albelda, proving that injury fears would not be ruling him out for the upcoming internationals.

  • Jonathan Viera
    10
    15

    Jonathan Viera

    Played the last 15 minutes as Guardado's replacement, but had little chance to make an impact.

  • Haedo Valdéz
    7
    16

    Haedo Valdéz

    A fleeting glimpse of the Paraguayan, who entered for Feghouli as the game was winding to a close.

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