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May 26, 2013 7:00 PM BST
Estadi Cornellà-El Prat — Cornella de Llobregat
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
Attendance:‬ 27578‎
 
 
 
Pedro 86′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

Goal took in the action in Catalunya, where the Liga champions took derby spoils after quality goals from Alexis Sanchez and Pedro

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Cristian Alvarez
    7
    5
    3.00

    Cristian Alvarez

    Both Barca goals were taken with such quality, that it would be cruel to point a finger in his direction. In truth, the Blaugrana rarely had a shot on target otherwise.

  • Raúl Rodríguez
    4
    4
    3.50

    Raúl Rodríguez

    Alexis Sanchez was able to skip past him far too easily in the buildup to Barca's first, but otherwise, the centre-back was solid and uncompromising in his duties.

  • Juan Daniel Forlín
    5
    4
    3.00

    Juan Daniel Forlín

    Put in a lot of miles covering the zone in front of the back four, but perhaps benefited from the fact that the Barca midfield and attack were not in top gear.

  • Javier López Rodríguez
    4
    3
    3.50

    Javier López Rodríguez

    The right-back's defensive performance was a sight to behold at times, as he was a one-man wrecking crew at the back, putting in a number of challenges to stop the likes of David Villa in their tracks.

  • Joan Capdevila
    5
    7
    3.00

    Joan Capdevila

    The left-back may lack the legs of his Deportivo heyday, put made up for it with plenty of positional nous and safety-first defending throughout the game.

  • Diego Daniel Colotto
    3
    7
    3.00

    Diego Daniel Colotto

    Another victim of Alexis Sanchez's quick feet during the events of the opener as he was beaten with consummate simplicity. He recovered from that miscue though to make a strong finish to the game, closing down the opposition well.

  • Víctor Sánchez Mata
    5
    3
    3.00

    Víctor Sánchez Mata

    The midfielder clearly set out to show his former club what they were missing with a display full of running and purpose in the middle. Looked comfortable on and off the ball, defending well and passing with reasonable accuracy.

  • Verdú
    0
    9
    2.50

    Verdú

    Largely irrelevant in the hole, as his team's primarily defensive strategy meant that his contributions were always likely to be limited. Subbed off in the second half.

  • Wakaso
    10
    12
    2.50

    Wakaso

    The Ghanaian midfielder was a pitbull in the centre of the park, playing on full throttle all game to disrupt his Barca counterparts off their passing sequences. But his simmering temper finally got the better of him late on, when his protests after receiving a yellow card led to a quick-fire dismissal.

  • Stuani
    4
    8
    3.00

    Stuani

    Occasionally put the Barca full backs on alert by looking to stretch the flanks on the counter, but was too inconsistent and starved of service to be a match-winner today.

  • Sergio García
    7
    3
    3.00

    Sergio García

    Led the line decently for his side, looking a threat during short spells in the second half, particularly when linking with his teammates. Never managed to get a clear sight at goal, however.

Substitutions

  • Simão
    9
    4
    3.00

    Simão

    The well-travelled winger made his bow late in the second half, and put in a tidy shift on the ball.

  • Víctor Valdés
    45
    13
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Never called upon to make a serious save, but took care of the routine tasks professionally.

  • Daniel Alves
    63
    9
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    Showed plenty of stamina and speed to motor up and down the right flank to support both the attack and defence. The likes of David Villa hardly provided a good target for his right boot to pick out in the box, however.

  • Piqué
    49
    13
    3.50

    Piqué

    Read the game well to make sure that most of Espanyol’s incursions into his territory were little more than half chances. In truth, not the greatest test for him, but he never let his guard down and was assured at the back.

  • Jordi Alba
    53
    9
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    Worked very hard out on the left, always making himself available as a passing option, while not forgetting his responsibilities in his own half, recovering his defensive position well after forays forward.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    46
    35
    2.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    In what has become a recurring theme for the former Arsenal man's season, his display in a false nine role left a lot to be desired. Though a good run off the ball saw him hit the post in the first half, he did not offer enough as the focal point of the attack.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    59
    11
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    The midfielder looked slightly off color throughout, compared to his usual impeccable standards, but he still played a role in progressing the attack into the final third on occasion.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    79
    8
    3.00

    Thiago Alcántara

    The midfielder made his 100th appearance for the club this evening at the tender age of 22, and put in a display full of poise and intelligence. He always seemed to make the right decision on the ball, and kept the attack ticking over nicely.

  • Javier Mascherano
    55
    8
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Largely a comfortable game for the Argentine, who was fleet of foot to track runners off the ball around the 18-yard area. His aerial ability, often touted as a weak point, was also spot on today as he won his fair share of balls in the air.

  • Alex Song
    71
    14
    3.50

    Alex Song

    Often found in hot pursuit of the opposing man on the ball in his own half, and to his credit, did his part to protect his defence from danger. Also showcased a few glimpses of his ability in the other half of the field, with a clipped ball to Cesc Fabregas reminiscent of his trademark in an Arsenal shirt.

  • David Villa
    33
    56
    2.00

    David Villa Flop of the Match

    Helped to fashion the opener with a neat return pass to Alexis Sanchez that set him up for the strike. However, his own fortunes in front of goal were decidedly less rewarding, as he fired wide when picked out in a great position inside the box in the second half.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    136
    9
    3.50

    Alexis Sánchez Top of the Match

    Perhaps the news of Neymar’s arrival was the kick up the backside that the Chilean needed, as he shook off a stuttering season to threaten constantly with his pace, and score what might be his best goal in Blaugrana colors. With virtually no space, he evaded two challenges and bent superbly into the far side.

Substitutions

  • Pedro
    67
    18
    3.50

    Pedro

    Not for the first time this season, the forward was clinical off the bench. He combined brilliantly with fellow sub Xavi to poke home a clipped pass late on that assured his team of maximum points.

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