Man City 1 Barcelona 2: Player ratings as Luis Suarez sparkles

Player ratings as Barcelona secure a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Manchester City

By Gregor Vasconcelos

Manchester City

Joe Hart Not at fault for goals and denied an embarrassing night for City with three huge saves, including a penalty. 8/10

Pablo Zabaleta Had been playing well until he conceded a late penalty. He was lucky Hart saved it, but he put all of City’s second-half efforts on the line with a poor challenge. 5

Vincent Kompany Struggled to deal with Messi and Suarez in the first half. Allowed Suarez to ghost in behind him for second goal. 5

Martin Demichelis A brilliant block early on denied Messi and he was easily City’s best defender on the night. 6

Gael Clichy Poor going forward and sent off for a rash challenge, which culled Manchester City’s momentum. 3

Fernando Sloppy in possession and couldn’t deal with Barca’s midfield at all – weak display. 4

Samir Nasri Had a decent game, but was taken off by Pellegrini when he enjoyed his best spell of the game. 6

David Silva Took the game by the scruff of the neck and in the second half was City’s best player. Wonderful backheel for Aguero’s goal. 7

James Milner An anonymous presence. Never really threatened to get in behind City’s full backs at any stage to explore the gaps they often left. 5

Edin Dzeko Started brightly, hustling against Barcelona’s defenders, but faded. Missed a glorious chance at 2-0. 6

Sergio Aguero Grew into the game and terrorised Barca after the break. Great finish for the goal. 7

Substitutes

Fernandinho Helped City control the game better, giving them more presence in the middle of the park. 7

Wilfried Bony Was an important presence as City tried to get back in the game, but fluffed the few half-chances he got. 6

Bacary Sagna N/A

Barcelona

Andre ter Stegen Not at fault for the goal, not needed otherwise. 6

Dani Alves His delivery was poor when he got forward and was untested at the back. 5

Gerard Pique Solid and reliable as always with the ball at feet, otherwise largely untroubled. 6

Javier Mascherano A brilliant block denied what looked a certain goal from Nasri, important presence. 7

Jordi Alba Defended well and was a threat from the first minute. Great cross for the second goal. 7

Sergio Busquets The best of Barca’s mid-field trio. Quick to snuff out any danger and build the attack from deep. 7

Andres Iniesta Disappeared in the second-half but played an important part in Barcelona’s domination of the first. 6

Ivan Rakitic Passing and shooting were a little wayward and he just didn’t seemed to be in the same wavelength as his team-mates. 5

Neymar The least effective of Barcelona’s front-line. Played a couple excellent passes, but wasn’t able to exert his usual influence. 6

Lionel Messi Not among the goals for once, still had a huge influence pulling the strings for Barca. Penalty miss tainted his night. 7

Luis Suarez (man of the match) Got a bit lucky with the ricochet for the first goal, but his finish was still excellent, great anticipation for the second. 8

Substitutes

Jeremy Mathieu Came in to shore things up as City pressed and did a solid job of it. 6

Adriano N/A

Pedro
Combined wonderfully with Messi in lead-up to the penalty. 7

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