Finally called into action in the second half to make one or two decent saves after seeing virtually no action previously.
Rarely will Puyol have a quieter game. The veteran defender took care of what little Cordoba could offer, and was never dragged out of his comfort zone.
Tracked back well to defend the rare Cordoba break, but his outlook was primarily offensive. Often found pushed high up the right flank, and had a few good combinations with Sanchez out wide.
Played in a somewhat unfamiliar role of left-back, but that did not affect his performance as he defended well, and gave his side some good moments in attack when cutting in off the flanks.
Games such as this will never be a true examination of his defensive credentials, but Mascherano acquitted himself well, doing what was required with little fuss.
In the absence of Messi, Cesc took charge of matters in a false 9 role, and performed with distinction. A series of flicks and one-touch passes saw him link superbly with his team-mates, and he was often able to beat his marker with ease.
Provided an immediate outlet for the back for to release the ball, and sprayed quite a few incisive passes forward. One such touch set up Thiago’s opener, and another released Sanchez for a one-on-one with the keeper.
Scored the first goal of the game with a smart run and cool finished, and could have had a second with a shot from the edge of the area that hit the woodwork. Offered his side a little directness in the centre of the park, and showcased an impressive eye for goal.
Slotted seamlessly into midfield, and appeared perfectly in tune with Barcelona’s passing game. Set up Villa’s second goal with a deft touch under pressure. Unfortunate to depart the match after pulling up with a hamstring injury.
Gave a virtuoso display of his world-class finishing with a pair of goals of the highest quality. His first was a sublime dribble and finish past two challenges, and his second was a strike of absolute precision. Bench players take note – that is how one stakes a claim for a starting berth.
Offered his side some vital width on the right, and stretched the Cordoba defence, in turn opening up space in the middle of the park. He should have had a goal in the first half with a deft chip, but Saizar was not falling for it. However, he came good early in the second half with a straightforward header from a corner, and bundled home a late fifth.
Handled his business at the back quietly after coming on.
Jonathan Dos Santos
Performed well off the bench, keeping the momentum of the attack going ,and always looking to drive play forward.
Once again, his searing pace proved useful off the bench against tiring defenders.