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October 30, 2012 9:00 PM GMT
Estadio de Mendizorroza — Vitoria-Gasteiz
Referee:‬ José Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 19840‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Alaves 0-3 Barcelona

Goal.com rates the players at the Estadio de Mendizorroza as Tito Vilanova's side ran out comfortable winners over their Segunda B opposition in this Copa del Rey first leg tie

By Charlie Scott

  • Urtzi
    15
    5
    3.50

    Urtzi

    Caught Alexis Sanchez's headed effort in the 13th minute comfortably, before parrying Andres Iniesta's low shot away 10 minutes later. Could do nothing about Villa and Iniesta's unstoppable strikes either side of half-time, but was out of position as Fabregas scored a third late on.

  • Agustín
    3
    9
    3.00

    Agustín

    Like his centre-back partner Hernandez, should really have done better in the air against the likes of Sanchez and David Villa. Lost his footing in the 40th minute at just the wrong time, allowing Villa to control Andres Iniesta's driven pass and fire the ball past Urtzi to give Barcelona the lead.

  • Javi Hernández
    5
    7
    3.00

    Javi Hernández

    Despite enjoying a significant height advantage over the attackers he was facing this evening the defender was beaten a number of times in the air by Sanchez, and looked shaky when the ball was on the deck.

  • Óscar Rubio
    7
    7
    3.00

    Óscar Rubio

    Wasted a good opportunity to conjure a chance for his side at the end of the first half when he failed to read the return pass sent his way by Guzman, but did cause trouble down the right as Barcelona's Martin Montoya was caught out of position more than once in his desire to get forward.

  • Beobide
    3
    7
    3.00

    Beobide

    Had Alaves' first attempt at goal in the 25th minute when he sent a swirling effort a yard or so over Pinto's crossbar from 25 yards out. Passed the ball confidently from his position in central midfield over the course of the game.

  • Jaume Delgado
    3
    12
    2.50

    Jaume Delgado Flop of the Match

    Was overrun in the central areas as Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Sergi Roberto performed well for the away side.

  • Jonan García
    4
    7
    3.00

    Jonan García

    The midfielder put himself about as Alaves resorted to some of football's darker arts in the second half, but will have been frustrated with his laxness in possession as his passing became increasingly wayward.

  • Manu García
    5
    8
    3.00

    Manu García

    Put in a cynical block on Dani Alves in the opening moments of the match as the full-back looked to burst into the penalty area and that was about as close as he got to catching him all night as the Brazil international ran riot down the right for his side. Lost possession inside his own penalty area as Iniesta increased Barcelona's lead early in the second half.

  • Barahona
    3
    8
    3.00

    Barahona

    The young midfielder had very little impact on the game up against such talented opposition, and gave the ball away cheaply on a number of occasions. Withdrawn late on.

  • Guzmán
    4
    9
    3.00

    Guzmán

    Wasted his side's best chance to score when he shot wide early in the second half, and this proved costly as Barcelona went straight up the other end and increased their lead through Iniesta.

  • Viguera
    3
    9
    2.50

    Viguera

    Did little of note in the first half apart from send Busquets crashing to the deck with a petty push on the half hour mark. Proved no threat to the Barcelona defence in a disappointing performance. Withdrawn late on.

Substitutions

  • Llamas
    3
    6
    2.00

    Llamas

    Had no time to make an impact after coming on very late in the game for Viguera.

  • Sendoa
    3
    7
    2.50

    Sendoa

    Was poor during his second-half cameo, failing to hold on to the ball a number of times as his side tried to get back into the game.

  • Luismi
    4
    6
    3.00

    Luismi

    Was bright after coming on as a second-half substitute. Always made himself available to his team-mates and looked to get the ball forward as quickly as possible.

  • José Pinto Colorado
    73
    15
    3.00

    José Pinto Colorado

    Had very little to do during the match as Alaves struggled to work the ball into many dangerous positions.

  • Bartra
    115
    8
    3.00

    Bartra

    Very comfortable in the centre of the Barcelona defence alongside Javier Mascherano. Was rarely troubled by Guzman and Borja Viguera as the Alaves frontline failed to pose a threat going forward. Replaced by Alex Song on the hour mark.

  • Daniel Alves
    110
    15
    3.50

    Daniel Alves

    The Brazilian full-back marked his return to the starting line-up with some fine runs down the right-hand side. Alexis Sanchez should have given Barcelona the lead following a jinxing run and cross from the former Sevilla man in the 13th minute. Provided a great assist for Cesc Fabregas in the dying moments of the game.

  • Montoya
    88
    9
    3.00

    Montoya

    Was perhaps a little too eager to attack from his position at left-back. Although the young full-back provided some dangerous crosses he was caught out of position high up the pitch more than once as Rubio pushed forward from right-back for the home side.

  • Busquets
    122
    17
    4.00

    Busquets

    Showed some neat touches in the opening half hour before fading slightly towards the end of the first half after being caught heavily by Borja Viguera. Regained his composure following the break and barely gave the ball away in the second 45 minutes. Always an outlet for his side when they were in possession.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    142
    14
    4.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Failed to influence the match in the first half as he continued to drop deep in search of the ball and found himself crowded out in the centre of the pitch. Improved as the game wore on and did well to rob Manu Garcia to set up Iniesta's wonder-strike and then managed to score Barcelona's final goal with a close-range header following some fine play from Alves on the right-hand side.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    168
    9
    4.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján Top of the Match

    Darted along the edges of the Alaves penalty area without providing the necessary penetration to force a breakthrough until the 40th minute when he fired a firm pass into the path of Villa, that his team-mate then hammered into the roof of the net to make it 1-0. Scored an outstanding curling effort early in the second half to increase his side's lead to two goals.

  • Javier Mascherano
    85
    21
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Put in some crunching tackles from his position at centre-back as the game became fiery as it wore on. Looked capable both when the ball was in the air and on the ground.

  • Sergi Roberto
    100
    8
    3.00

    Sergi Roberto

    The youngster was prominent in the centre of midfield alongside Sergio Busquets and Iniesta and showed his promise with some typical Masia-style passing from the middle of the pitch.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    85
    54
    2.50

    Alexis Sánchez

    Wasted a glorious chance to give Barcelona an early lead when he headed straight at Urtzi in the 13th minute, then contrived to miss a similar opportunity just minutes later. Was unfortunate to have a goal chalked out for offside in the 55th minute. Too wasteful when through on goal over the course of the game.

  • David Villa
    147
    13
    4.00

    David Villa

    Opened the scoring in the 40th minute with a smashing effort from 18 yards after receiving the ball from Iniesta and benefiting from a timely slip from the Alaves centre-back Agustin. Caused the Alaves defence problems all night with his movement on and off the ball. Replaced by Cristian Tello late on.

Substitutions

  • Alex Song
    87
    10
    3.00

    Alex Song

    Replaced Bartra on the hour mark and was confident in both his passing and tackling.

  • Jonathan Dos Santos
    80
    11
    3.00

    Jonathan Dos Santos

    Little time to leave his mark on the game after replacing Iniesta after 75 minutes.

  • Tello
    66
    21
    3.00

    Tello

    Introduced as a second-half substitute for Villa. Blazed one shot hideously wide after creating some space on the left.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
Barcelona
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Midfielder
Real Madrid
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Midfielder
Atl. Madrid
4 0
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 2