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October 2, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz) — Lisboa
Referee:‬ C. Çakιr‎
Attendance:‬ 63847‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Benfica 0-2 Barcelona

Goal.com rates those on show in Tuesday's meeting at the Estadio da Luz, decided by goals from Alexis and Fabregas to seal another win for the Blaugrana

By Daniel Edwards

  • Artur
    23
    13
    3.00

    Artur

    Almost paid dearly for a disastrous clearance in the first half, but also weighed in with a handful of excellent saves to keep the score respectable. Could do little on either goal.

  • Maxi Pereira
    7
    39
    2.50

    Maxi Pereira Flop of the Match

    The Uruguayan was left to marshal the right hand side almost alone, and was given an extremely uncomfortable match as the likes of Alexis, Messi and Alba marauded down his flank.

  • Ezequiel Garay
    26
    15
    3.00

    Ezequiel Garay

    Too often caught out by the movement of the Catalan front three in the penalty area, but made a handful of decent interventions when Barca threatened to run away with the match.

  • L. Melgarejo
    9
    19
    3.00

    L. Melgarejo

    Coped well at left back against the threat of Alves, making few mistakes and always marking diligently.

  • Jardel Nivaldo Vieira
    13
    22
    3.50

    Jardel Nivaldo Vieira

    Equal to almost everything thrown at him by the dynamic Barca attack, although his hesitance on Messi's cross cost dearly when Alexis notched the opener.

  • Bruno César
    18
    19
    3.50

    Bruno César

    Somewhat of a surprise to see the former Corinthians star pulled off at half time, after giving Barcelona several problems in the opening 45.

  • Toto Salvio
    22
    15
    3.50

    Toto Salvio

    One of the best players in a Benfica shirt, threatened well from deep and put in a handful of decent crosses that troubled the visiting backline.

  • Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán
    22
    18
    3.00

    Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán

    Started brightly in the Estadio da Luz, his pace from deep causing problems in the Barca midfield. Faded after the break as the visitors took control.

  • Nemanja Matić
    20
    43
    3.00

    Nemanja Matić

    A combative performance from the midfielder, who pulled no punches with a series of heavy tackles that eventually earned a booking.

  • Enzo Nicolás Pérez
    12
    25
    2.50

    Enzo Nicolás Pérez

    Ineffective in his efforts to try and lead Benfica's attacks from deep, and sacrificed for Aimar with barely an hour played.

  • Lima
    10
    21
    3.00

    Lima

    Was handed the best chance of the match for his team with a close-range effort, but could not steer the ball past the frame of Valdes.

Substitutions

  • Pablo Aimar
    45
    9
    3.00

    Pablo Aimar

    The veteran playmaker was sent on for Perez, but could not inspire a comeback.

  • Carlos Martins
    11
    23
    3.00

    Carlos Martins

    Could not turn the tide of the game in the second half after entering for the impressive Bruno Cesar.

  • Nolito
    30
    13
    3.00

    Nolito

    There was no joy for the ex-Barcelona man against his former employers, after entering 15 minutes from the end.

  • Víctor Valdés
    115
    29
    3.50

    Víctor Valdés

    Made a couple of key stops from Bruno Cesar and Lima in the first half to keep Barca on top. Stayed safe after the break to ensure a clean sheet.

  • Daniel Alves
    102
    31
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    The speed of the hosts on the break obliged the Brazilian to take a more conservative approach to the game than is custom. Acquitted himself well at the back.

  • Carles Puyol
    154
    24
    3.00

    Carles Puyol

    Showed no ill-effects from his recent injury lay-off as the club captain slotted in effortlessly alongside Mascherano in the centre of defence, but was then taken off in the second half after a sickening fall, and looks a doubt for the weekend match with Real Madrid.

  • Jordi Alba
    121
    26
    3.50

    Jordi Alba

    His movement on the left alongside Alexis guaranteed a torrid night for Maxi Pereira. Always probing from deep, and given few problems at the back.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    166
    28
    4.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    A storming finish for his team's second capped a decent showing from the ex-Arsenal man, who was always a danger coming from deep.

  • Xavi
    135
    26
    3.50

    Xavi

    An understated performance from the heart of the Catalan team, marked by an outstanding ball which almost led to a second for Alexis.

  • Javier Mascherano
    119
    30
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Given a few problems by a physical Benfica attack, but held his ground well to guarantee a clean sheet.

  • Busquets
    112
    47
    3.00

    Busquets

    Reliable and intelligent as ever as the holding man, although at times stretched by the pace of the Lisbon side's counters. Will feel rather aggrieved to have picked up a soft red card in the closing stages.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    144
    28
    4.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    Converted Barcelona's first with an instinctive close-range effort, and his link-play with Messi was a joy to watch at times. Could have netted more with a little more precision in front of goal.

  • Messi
    284
    52
    4.50

    Messi Top of the Match

    Even during a scoring 'drought' of three games, the wizard never fails to impress. Laid on goals for both Alexis and Cesc with two deft touches.

  • Pedro
    104
    53
    3.00

    Pedro

    Deservedly picked up a yellow for a clear dive in the first half. The most muted of Barca's front three, but worried Benfica when going forward.

Substitutions

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    130
    22
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Came on for the outstanding Cesc, and had time for several magical moments in a game that was only heading one way.

  • Alex Song
    110
    31
    3.00

    Alex Song

    The substitution no Barca fan wanted to see, pressed into action due to a potentially serious injury to Puyol.

  • David Villa
    115
    22

    David Villa

    Came on for Pedro with the game already over as a contest.

Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
10 1
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2