PSG 1 Barcelona 3: Player ratings as Luis Suarez stars

Player ratings as Luis Suarez inspires Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in first leg of last-eight clash

Paris Saint-Germain

Salvatore Sirigu Could not have really have been expected to do anything about the first and third goals, but could have got a stronger hand on the second. 5

Gregory van der Wiel Lost Neymar for the first goal, but recovered reasonably well after that, hitting a decent strike which led to PSG’s goal, albeit via a big deflection. 6

Thiago Silva Went off injured after 21 minutes so cannot really be blamed for the loss, but at this point, Barcelona were already 1-0 and their front three were beginning overpower the PSG backline. 5

Marquinhos Positionally very naïve for the first goal, in playing a pass out of defence and following it instead of dropping back, and did not get hold of the Barcelona strikers – though he’s far from alone in that and he did make a few timely interceptions. 5

Maxwell Couldn’t contain the speed and skill of Barcelona’s front three. 5

Adrien Rabiot Lost the ball on a few important occasions, including the first goal, where he unwisely tried to take on Busquets down the line – and failed. 4

Yohan Cabaye Fairly anonymous – could have done with some of the tenacity Marco Veratti provided against Chelsea and dropping back and picking up Messi dropping off, like for the first goal. 5

Blaise Matuidi One of the brighter sparks of the PSG team, showing a lot of skill and neat touches to link up play. 7

Ezequiel Lavezzi Did not do anything wrong, but did not do anything special either – something apparent when looking at the other end of the pitch. 5

Edinson Cavani Apart from one fine half volley from a corner, which drew a fine save, the Uruguayan looked far from world-class. He didn’t exploit a two-on-one situation in the first half, miscontrolled it a few times and was offside on several occasions. 5

Javier Pastore Showed ambition and good touches at times – but only sporadically. 6

Substitutes

David Luiz Will be having nightmares for the rest of the week over the runaround Suarez gave him. Nutmegged him for hisfirst goal and again for the second – a far worse error as he committed to the challenge when he was the last man. 3

Lucas Moura N/A

Barcelona

Marc-Andre ter Stegen Authoratitive in the air and made a great save to deny Cavani. 7

Martin Montoya Solid game at right-back, keeping Lavezzi relatively quiet. 6

Gerard Pique A typically calm and composed display at centre-half, dealing with Cavani well (though that was also, it must be said, due the Uruguayan’s disappointing performance). 7

Javier Mascherano Was very willing, as ever, to put himself about, including throwing his body in the line of harm to stop Cavani’s run in the first half – for which he earned a few bruises. 7

Jordi Alba A fine performance, not only performing his defensive duties competently but showing boundless energy to get up and down the line, with good success, time after time. 8

Ivan Rakitic Very solid game. Did not do anything spectacular (why would you need to with a front three of Messi-Suarez-Neymar?), but linked play up very well with 96 per cent pass accuracy. 7

Sergio Busquets The great Ian Holloway once said: “It’s all very well having a great pianist playing but it’s no good if you haven’t got anyone to get the piano on the stage in the first place.” Busquets was that man tonight. 7

Andres Iniesta Not one of his best performances but as reliable as ever. 7

Lionel Messi A performance everyone would be hailing as superb were it not for the fact this is pretty routine to him. Good run and fantastically weighted ball for the first goal, hit the post with a fantastic, curling 20-yard effort and on a few occasions danced through two or three PSG defenders as if they were mere schoolkids. 8

Luis Suárez (Man of the Match) Looked hungry all game (thankfully not literally this time) and got his just desserts in the second half with two fine goals, nutmegging Luiz on both occasions and also showing great strength for the first and a sublime finish for the second. 9

Neymar Took his goal very well, with a well-timed run and Henry-esque finish and tormented the PSG defence throughout. Finding a good balance of flair and maturity. 8

Substitutes

Xavi Replaced Iniesta after 53 minutes and offered much of the same quality distribution. 7

Jeremy Mathieu Rashly hacked at a driven cross-cum-shot from Van der Wiel and scuffed it behind into his own goal. Partially made up for it with a good block on Cavani’s shot. 5

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