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January 19, 2013 5:00 PM GMT
Estadio Municipal de Anoeta — Donostia-San Sebastián
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 28855‎
 
41′ Chory Castro
Messi 7′
63′ Chory Castro
Pedro 25′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Sociedad 3-2 Barcelona

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at the Anoeta as the home side came back from two goals down to inflict the Blaugrana's first league defeat of the season

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Claudio Bravo
    61
    12
    3.00

    Claudio Bravo

    Horrendous early clearance to set the events of Barca’s opener in motion, but recovered afterwards to prove a solid presence between the posts.

  • Carlos Martínez Díez
    63
    7
    3.50

    Carlos Martínez Díez

    Found greater confidence as the game wore on and got forward more and more in support of those in front of him. His endeavour was rewarded at the death with a enticing cross that was turned home for the winner.

  • Mikel González Martínez
    39
    19
    2.00

    Mikel González Martínez Flop of the Match

    A terrible giveaway early in the first half nearly cost his side a goal, but he was lucky to see Pedro strike the post. Never really settled into the game.

  • Íñigo Martínez
    45
    10
    2.50

    Íñigo Martínez

    Very unconvincing early on with a few haphazard moments positonally, but solidified somewhat once Barce were reduced to 10 men.

  • Alberto De la Bella
    48
    7
    3.00

    Alberto De la Bella

    Lost sight of Pedro, who tracked infield to score the second. A crucial mistake to blot an otherwise decent display.

  • Markel Bergara
    44
    9
    3.00

    Markel Bergara

    A committed performance in central midfield, as even though Barca's attack threatened to boil over at times, he stood his ground, providing plenty of defensive cover.

  • Asier Illarramendi
    49
    9
    3.00

    Asier Illarramendi

    Alongside Larranaga, he wrested control of the midfield from Barca in the second half - not an easy task even with the visitors down to 10 men. Put in a fair number of tackles and was very productive on the ball as well.

  • Xabi Prieto
    61
    8
    4.00

    Xabi Prieto

    Very difficult to track with his late runs into the penalty area. Went close with a shot that his the side netting in the first half and constantly put pressure in the likes of Busquets with his relentless desire to get forward.

  • Chory Castro
    153
    10
    4.00

    Chory Castro Top of the Match

    Really grew into the game after his side fell two goals behind. Showed superb composure on the ball and a willingness to get on the end of crosses - as exemplified by his well-taken first and the shot that forced the own goal off Mascherano.

  • Antoine Griezmann
    69
    7
    3.50

    Antoine Griezmann

    Grew into the game once Sociedad pulled one back, showcasing a willingness to run at the defence and hug the touchline, giving his side plenty of width. Very active in the second half.

  • Carlos Vela
    108
    8
    3.50

    Carlos Vela

    Made a real impact on proceedings with a deft cross the set up the opener, before forcing Pique into a clumsy foul that led to the centre back’s dismissal.

Substitutions

  • Rubén Pardo
    42
    8
    2.50

    Rubén Pardo

    Another body in midfield to help Sociedad close out the result.

  • Imanol Agirretxe
    82
    8
    3.00

    Imanol Agirretxe

    The hero off the bench, ghosting between the centre backs to score the winner at the death.

  • Diego Ifrán
    39
    7
    2.50

    Diego Ifrán

    Did not contribute to the game much in his spell off the bench.

  • Víctor Valdés
    75
    219
    2.50

    Víctor Valdés

    Made a good save to stop Chori and was unfortunate to be beaten by Mascherano's own goal. However, he was not the most convincing, appearing rattled when pressed by the forwards.

  • Daniel Alves
    53
    167
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    Essentially functioned as an auxiliary winger in this game, such was the amount of times he was found as the most advanced player on the right flank. His attacking prowess was on display with a devilish delivery that Pedro converted for Barca’s second.

  • Piqué
    59
    221
    2.50

    Piqué

    Put his side in an difficult position, leaving them with 10 men after two entirely avoidable bookings - the first for failing to move 10 yards away from a free kick, and the second for an untidy trip on Vela. Not a happy outing for the cente back.

  • Carles Puyol
    118
    85
    3.00

    Carles Puyol

    Forced to do a lot more defensive work after Pique's sending off, but coped well, even though he was stretched for pace a few times.

  • Jordi Alba
    64
    145
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    Forced into a few awkward clearances when Sociedad put him under pressure in his own half, but was otherwise solid, overlapping well down the left.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    69
    146
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Did not quite carry on the momentum of his recent form into this clash, as though he played decently enough, he lacked the element of panache that defined his previous performances. Sacrificed for the more defensive Mascherano after Pique’s sending off.

  • Xavi
    90
    140
    3.50

    Xavi

    Dictated the tempo of the match in the opposition half with his poise on the ball and awareness of his team-mates. Set the events of the second goal in motion with an astounding pass from deep that picked out Dani Alves completely unmarked.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    184
    97
    4.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Able to beat his first marker almost at will, as Sociedad simply had no answer for him. He set up Messi’s first goal and was always on hand to play nifty passes with his team-mates.

  • Busquets
    71
    148
    3.00

    Busquets

    Did his job satisfactorily in front of the defence, mopping up a few attacks, but was caught out once or twice by Sociedad on the break.

  • Messi
    232
    239
    3.50

    Messi

    Started the game on fire, coming close with an early one-on-one before breaking the deadlock with a well placed finish from the edge of the area. His the post with a cheeky effort, but despite his quality occasionally permeating, he was not quite able to match the intensity of his first half after the break.

  • Pedro
    68
    153
    3.50

    Pedro

    Desperately unlucky to see a fantastic curling shot bounce off the post, but would not let that bother him, popping up to turn home a Dani Alves cross for Barca’s second goal. Worked very hard at closing down the Sociedad defenders, forcing them into a few mistakes.

Substitutions

  • Adriano
    46
    87

    Adriano

    Unable to make an impact after being thrown on in the closing stages.

  • Javier Mascherano
    49
    192
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Summoned off the bench to shore up the defence in the wake of Pique’s red card, but within minutes of his introduction, he inadvertently deflected a shot past Valdes for the Sociedad equaliser.

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
26 4
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0