Player Ratings: Shakhtar 1-2 Barcelona

Barcelona grabbed a late, late win in Donetsk as Lionel Messi came off the bench to score twice and condemn Shakhtar to a demoralising defeat. watched the game, weighed everything up and dished out the marks out of ten to each and every participant.

Pyatov 5
- A clanger in the closing moment cost his side victory after what was a confident display from the home team's custodian

Srna 6 - May not have been the best of Shakhtar's defenders, but the full-back impressed when he needed to and was also capable of playing man instead of ball.

Shevchuk 7 - His long balls from the back could have been the undoing of Barcelona and was also impressive when pressing forward.

Ischenko 7 - Ensured that neither Henry nor Eto'o scored and could have done nothing about the equaliser when it did come.

Chygrynskiy 6.5
- Like his partner at the back the defender looked strong and capable of keeping the Blaugrana's striker at bay all evening.

Hübschman 7
- Another strong presence in the centre and he led by example organising those around him when Barça went forward.

Duljaj 7 - Never stopped working and closed down Barcelona as Shakhtar played the perfect tactics to stop their visitors from playing their passing game.

Fernandinho 6.5 - Was not quite as effective in the centre, but nevertheless can be proud on a day  

Brandão 7.5 - A huge presence and however controversial he is, the Brazilian caused Barça so many problems with his pace and strength.

Ilsinho 7.5 - Took his goal very well and caused Puyol quite a few problems during the first half when Shakhtar broke away.

Luiz Adriano 6 - Set up the goal and involved himself, but did not test Valdés to the extent that he probably should have done.


Seleznov 6 - Showed a fre good touches, but he also arrived into the action when Barcelona were taking the upper hand.

Willian 5 - Had absolutely no time to do anything of note and did not help his side stay in front.

Lewandowski 5 - Was the final sub and his entrance coincided with Barça scoring twice, but he was not responsible.


Valdés 6 - Actually did not have a bad game and made some very good saves as well as being able to little about the goal.

Alves 4.5 - Truly struggled all night against the huge figure of Brandão and was always chasing his comaptriot down the flank.

Puyol 5 - Did not look comfortable at left-back at all and failed to use his strength to stop Ilsinho scoring.

Márquez 6 - Much calmer than his partner at the back and did what he could to keep Luiz Adriano quiet.

Piqué 5 - His mistimed header saw the ball fly backwards towards his own goal and it was from that the goal came.

Touré 6 - Did impose himself more on the midfield than others and they may be partly down to his experience in the Ukrainian league.

Keita 5 - Tried to be a creative force, but against such a lively midfield was unable to have much time to put his foot on the ball.

Xavi 6 - Normally so composed, even the playmaker did not make much of the play and a lot of the credit has to go to Shakhtar for that.

Iniesta 6 - Showed in bursts what he can do but his performance was nowhere near the standard that many have come to expect.

Henry 5.5 - Hard work can only push you so far, but to be fair to the Frenchman he was unable to move very far against Shakhtar's packed defence.

Eto'o 5 - Could have become the hero again with an equaliser but he stumbled at the vital moment and slid his shot wide of the post.


Messi 8 - Was in the right place at the right time to prod home the equaliser and then scored a stunning winner.

Bojan 6 - His cross from the win led to the equaliser and he also had the chance to score a stunning effort after jinking through the defence.

Gudjohnsen 5 - Had too little time to make a much impression and answer the critics that said he was not good enough at the weekend.

Lucas Brown,