The match had everything: goals, fouls, controversy, hysterical play-acting, great goalkeeping, injuries and a shocking referee performance. The players weren’t at their “best” but were definitely entertaining. How did the players do? Here are the ratings:
Marc-André Ter Stegen – 7/10
A couple of great stops from Cristiano Ronaldo in the first half. Sensible positioning helped him handle Madrid’s other efforts.
Sergi Roberto – 3/10
Superb cross to create Suárez’s opener, but completely cut open defensively by every single Real Madrid attack. Caught flailing at Marcelo and got rightly sent off at the end of the half.
Gerard Piqué – 7/10
Should have done better to track Cristiano for his goal. Defended very well otherwise as Barcelona held on despite a man disadvantage for half the match. Made a surprising amount of forward runs, too.
Samuel Umtiti – 5/10
Lost Benzema in the air for Cristiano’s goal. Was positioned poorly on both Madrid goals.
Jordi Alba – 5/10
Defended very well for most of the game but absolutely should have given away a penalty when he swiped Marcelo’s feet out from under him.
Philippe Coutinho – 6/10
Played reasonably well. Made some key passes including one in the build-up to the goal and a through-ball that left Messi 1v1. Withdrawn at half-time as Barcelona reorganised after the red card.
Ivan Rakitic – 8/10
A masterclass of a midfield display, especially once Barcelona went down to ten men. Ran, pressed, intercepted and even used the ball well. Rakitic has been supreme this season and this game felt like a culmination.
Sergio Busquets – 7/10
Played with his typical confidence. Wasn’t a flawless display as he made a mistake in the lead-up to Real Madrid’s goal, but he was good.
Andrés Iniesta – 5/10
Some nice touches but was largely irrelevant as the game passed him by defensively. Couldn’t live with Real Madrid’s intensity and was withdrawn for Paulingo
Leo Messi – 8/10
Did well in his usual playmaker role; some of his passes were absurd as he dropped deep and gave the Blaugrana a sense of calm and control even as they played with 10 men. He missed a great chance in the first half but made up for that with a stunning goal to give Barça the lead. Danced away from Madrid defenders and curled the ball past Keylor Navas.
Luis Suárez – 7/10
Stupendous flick in the build-up to Barcelona’s opener. Also; effortless volleyed finish for Barcelona’s opener. Alsoalso; driving run and pass to Messi for Barcelona’s second – although he fouled Varane in the build-up. Alsoalsoalso; confirmed his Liga double-double (double figures for goals and assists) for the season. Alsoalsalsooalso; he got three of Madrid’s back-line booked, which in any other game wouldn’t be much of an achievement but in this one feels notable.
Luis Suárez in the league since 2013/14:
31 goals ⚽️
12 assist 🅰
16 goals ⚽️
14 assist 🅰
40 goals ⚽️
16 assist 🅰
29 goals ⚽️
13 assist 🅰
24 goals ⚽️
10 assist 🅰
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Nelson Semedo – 8/10
Came on for Coutinho at half-time. Immediately solidified Barcelona’s right-flank and added a genuine thrust out there too. Completely shut down Madrid’s left flank as a serious avenue of attack.
Paulinho – 5/10
Came on for Iniesta after 58 minutes. Added a lot of energy but very little control. Couldn’t help as an attacking outlet despite some good runs – needed help.
Paco Alcacer – n/a
Came on for Suárez after 92 minutes.
Keylor Navas – 7/10
Did well to stifle Barcelona’s attacks, in particular pulled out a stupendous stop to prevent Messi making it 3-1.
Nacho – 5/10
Very composed in defence (except when Suárez was goading him) but offered nothing in attack. Withdrawn just after the hour as Los Blancos chased an equaliser.
Raphael Varane – 8/10
Calmly did his job. Fouled by Suárez in the build-up to Barcelona’s goal which was the only mistake he made all night, and it wasn’t even really a mistake. The Frenchman is a quiet colossus.
Sergio Ramos – 6/10
Started the end-of-first-half ruckus by driving his elbow into Luis Suárez’s chest. A brilliant bit of gamesmanship that derailed the Blaugrana. Defended well besides that, somersaulting along the disciplinary tightrope as he always does.
Marcelo – 7/10
Constantly raided forward but shamelessly dove to get Sergi Roberto sent off (although Roberto did slap his shoulder). Was a thorn in the side of Barcelona all night long, both in terms of his antics as well as his on-pitch excellence.
Casemiro – 6/10
Didn’t have much to do as Barcelona’s red card rendered his job mostly moot.
Luka Modric – 7/10
Kept things ticking over nicely for Los Blancos. Defended well, moved it well and even managed to show up in the final third.
Toni Kroos – 6/10
Superb forward run and cross for Cristiano’s goal. Was otherwise pedestrian.
Gareth Bale – 7/10
Somehow escaped a red card for stamping on Umtiti’s calf in the first half. Stepped his game up in the second half, scoring Madrid’s second equaliser with a stunning strike from the edge of the box. Seriously, this was as crisp a hit as you’ll see. Finally got booked after 75 minutes for fouling Semedo.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 7/10
Excellent instincts to tap-home Benzema’s brilliant back-post header. Otherwise wasteful, missing two other great chances to score. Withdrawn at the half as he was carrying a knock he picked up whilst scoring his goal.
Karim Benzema – 7/10
Once again showed his class in a big game, creating the opening goal with a supreme back-post header as accurate as any pass. Became Madrid’s first players to notch a double-double, although his is across all-competitions.
Marco Asensio – 7/10
Came on for Cristiano at half-time. Did little until a precision pass found Gareth Bale for his equaliser.
Lucas Vázquez – 6/10
Came on for Nacho after 66 minutes. Added width and purpose in attack.
Mateo Kovacic – n/a
Came on for Kroos after 84 minutes.