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February 3, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 45000‎
 
33′ Ever Banega
Messi 39′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

Goal.com rates the players on show as a stubborn display from Ernesto Valverde's men frustrated the Catalan giants who came from behind to draw courtesy of a Lionel Messi penalty

By Tom Webber

  • Guaita
    34
    7
    3.00

    Guaita

    Did not have an awful lot to do on the night as the hard-working Valencia defence and midfield meant he went largely untested. He claimed most of the high balls into his area.

  • Aly Cissokho
    45
    5
    3.00

    Aly Cissokho

    The powerful full-back kept Pedro quiet for the majority of the game. He was tidy in defence but was also keen to push forward and relieve the pressure on his side by contributing to the counter-attack.

  • Adil Rami
    34
    7
    3.00

    Adil Rami

    A solid performance from the Frenchman as he kept the defence organised and tight in the face of one of the country's most fierce attacks. He never looked like being beaten aerially either.

  • João Pereira
    21
    13
    3.00

    João Pereira

    Was leaving a lot of space behind him in the opening 30 minutes but regained his concentration and played a bit more conservatively. A rash challenge in the area enabled Messi to level from the spot.

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    81
    20
    4.00

    Jose Andrés Guardado Top of the Match

    A brilliant display from the Mexican who looks to be enjoying life in a more advanced position on the left. He got into some dangerous positions and was not afraid to pull the trigger and test Valdes. His energy was infectious.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    26
    4
    3.00

    Víctor Ruiz

    Played with great intensity in midfield as he hounded the Barcelona players whenever they tried to settle on the ball. He did not get much time in possession himself, but his influence was important.

  • Ricardo Costa
    32
    6
    3.50

    Ricardo Costa

    Despite picking up an early knock, the Portuguese soldiered on to put in a strong performance. He kept a close eye on Messi and was never too far from a Blaugrana shirt. He read the game very well.

  • Ever Banega
    50
    3
    3.50

    Ever Banega

    The Argentine was very impressive on the ball, getting his head up and looking to pick out the pass. He remained composed to control the ball and rifle in the game's opener and was the creative hub of his side throughout.

  • Tino Costa
    34
    6
    3.00

    Tino Costa

    An average night in midfield for the Argentine as he struggled to link to defence to attack due to the limited amount of possession enjoyed by his team. He put in plenty of work off the ball to make up for that though.

  • Juan Bernat
    37
    5
    3.50

    Juan Bernat

    Provided a consistent outlet on the right and supplied some quality deliveries from the wide areas. The youngster did not look out of his depth against Barcelona and tracked back to help his side defend, too.

  • Roberto Soldado
    35
    14
    3.00

    Roberto Soldado

    Appeared eager to make an influence on the game with some positive play in the first half. Should have worked Valdes with a header early in the second half and wasted a few more opportunities before the final whistle.

Substitutions

  • Jonas
    15
    13

    Jonas

    Brought on for Guardado in the 86th minute and did not have the time to influence the game

  • Pablo Piatti
    21
    10
    3.00

    Pablo Piatti

    Came on for Bernat in the 75th minute and tried to exploit the space left by Alba's runs forward.

  • Canales
    38
    8
    3.00

    Canales

    Replaced Banega in the 64th minute and continued where the Argentine had left off. He was denied a brilliant goal by an equally impressive save from Valdes.

  • Víctor Valdés
    138
    26
    3.50

    Víctor Valdés

    The keeper could perhaps have done better as Banega beat him at his near post in the first half. However, he more than atoned for that with a brilliant stop from Canales before a double-save at the death.

  • Daniel Alves
    62
    50
    2.50

    Daniel Alves

    The Brazilian was nowhere near as threatening down the right flank as he usually is. He seemed to lack the will to get forward and stretch the Valencia defence and contributed to his team's lack of width.

  • Piqué
    65
    41
    3.00

    Piqué

    A competent performance from the Spain international as he swept up a lot of Valencia attacks. His header fell to Banega for the first goal but there was not much more he could do to avoid it.

  • Jordi Alba
    95
    32
    3.50

    Jordi Alba

    The left-back was full of energy against his former club, rampaging down the wing to great effect. He put a few quality crosses into the box and was rarely caught short at the back.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    59
    56
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Not one of his best performances for the Blaugrana as he struggled to get involved in the match. He found himself closed down very quickly and was unable to build anything for his team-mates.

  • Xavi
    76
    46
    3.00

    Xavi

    Saw a lot of the ball in the opposing half and kept the game moving along nicely, but he was unable to engineer anything of significance for his side. Nevertheless, he was always comfortable in the ball.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    106
    33
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Began wide on the left and combined well with Alba, also allowing him to drift inside. He was very bright and made a number of delightful little passes and touches. He was at the heart of all things positive for the visitors.

  • Javier Mascherano
    48
    92
    2.50

    Javier Mascherano Flop of the Match

    The Argentine looked uncomfortable at the back, earning a booking for his poorly-timed tackle on Soldado in the first half. He continued to struggle and was replaced by Puyol in the 55th minute.

  • Busquets
    77
    39
    3.00

    Busquets

    Always made himself available in the middle and distributed the ball well. He was calm on the ball, even when chased down and kept a cool head in a heated midfield battle.

  • Messi
    173
    93
    3.00

    Messi

    Was fairly quiet for much of the first half until his pass led to the awarding of a penalty. He then dispatched it in glorious fashion to score for a record 12th consecutive La Liga game. He contributed very little in the second half too.

  • Pedro
    55
    59
    3.00

    Pedro

    Struggled up against Cissokho and was unable to use his pace in the wide areas. He did not get many opportunities to run at the defender and left Barcelona short of creativity in the final third.

Substitutions

  • Carles Puyol
    93
    23
    3.00

    Carles Puyol

    Replaced Mascherano in the 55th minute and added a bit more solidity to the defence. He also ensured that Barcelona were stronger in the air.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    60
    34

    Thiago Alcántara

    Came on for Xavi in second-half stoppage time.

  • David Villa
    87
    33
    3.00

    David Villa

    Was given a warm welcome when he replaced Fabregas in the 72nd minute. Almost upset them with a shot that dropped just wide of the goal and was generally lively.

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