Barcelona 2 Man City 1: Player ratings

Barcelona 2 Man City 1: Player ratings as Manuel Pellegrini's men are eliminated from Champions League

By Kojo Amofa
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Barcelona

Víctor Valdés Made a fine save from Džeko’s header, rarely tested for the remainder of the game. 7/10

Dani Alves Typically assured performance both in defence and supplementing the Barca attack as typified with a goal to add to his first-leg strike. 7

Gerard Pique Rarely troubled. One of the more easier evenings that he will encounter. 6

Javier Mascherano Growing increasingly influential at Barca and again was rarely troubled in his unfavoured centre-back role. 6

Jordi Alba Solid game after missing Barca’s humiliating loss at the weekend. The Spaniard conducted himself well. 6

Xavi The Spain international was typically influential as the heartbeat of the Barca midfield. 6

Sergio Busquets The holding midfielder carried out his job well and was rarely pressured. 6

Cesc Fàbregas Lively and was a constant threat to the City midfield and defence. 7

Neymar Unlucky to be ruled offside in the first-half, still struggling to fully find his form following injury and co-exist with Messi. 6

Lionel Messi (man of the match) A predictable and constant threat. Deserved his goal as he pounced on sloppy defending by Lescott. 8

Andrés Iniesta A reassuring presence following his absence from the weekend game. The World Cup winner provided movement and quality. 7

Substitutes

Sergi Roberto N/A

Alexis Sanchez N/A

Manchester City

Joe Hart Could do nothing about Messi’s goal. A reasonable performance. 6

Pablo Zabaleta Steady and unspectacular. Wasted a decent second-half chance. Unlucky to be sent off for dissent after the referee failed to give City a clear-cut penalty. 5

Vincent Kompany City captain led by example. The Belgian was typically reliable and produced an assured performance that outshone his colleagues in defence. 8

Joleon Lescott In for Martin Demichelis and lucky not to concede a penalty as well as receive a red card. His sloppy mistake almost gifted Messi a goal before the Argentine finally embarrassed the England defender. Unlikely to retain his place in the line-up. 4

Aleksandar Kolarov Failed to make any impact going forward and was increasingly pressured defensively. 5

Fernandinho Made a clearance off the line in the first half. Struggled to make any further impact. 5

Yaya Touré He produced a quiet performance. City needed much more from him to stand a chance. 6

James Milner Worked hard and did a lot of running. Lacked a bit a quality in the final third. 6

David Silva Exquisitely set up Nasri for City’s best first-half chance and had a few other nice touches but couldn’t fully stamp his authority in the game. 6

Samir Nasri Squandered a great opportunity but failed to continue his goal-scoring run. He was wasteful in the final third. 6

Sergio Agüero Clearly struggling for match fitness and after an anonymous first-half suffered a suspected re-occurrence of a hamstring injury. 4

Substitutes

Edin Džeko Almost made instant impact after being introduced as a second-half sub when his header was well saved. Lively. 7

Jesús Navas The game was as good as over when introduced and had little chance of making an impact. 5

Álvaro Negredo N/A

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