Barcelona vs. Villarreal: Live Player Ratings for Barcelona

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterDecember 14, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 11:  Neymar (R) of FC Barcelona celebrates with Alexis Sanchez after scoring his team's 4th goal during the UEFA Champions League, Group H match between FC Barcelona and Celtic FC at the Camp Nou Stadium on December 11, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Neymar scored both goals as Barcelona beat Villarreal 2-1 on Saturday.

The victory leaves the Catalan giants three points clear of second-place Atletico Madrid, who will face Valencia on Sunday.

Following are the Barcelona player ratings from the encounter.

Barcelona Player Ratings
PlayerFirst halfSecond half

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 14:  Alexis Sanchez of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Hernan Perez (L) and Tomas Pina of Villarreal CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou on December 14, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.
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Half-time analysis

Pinto: Didn't have a save to make in the first half.

Montoya: Proving a useful attacking outlet from the right flank.

Pique: Completed 96% of his passes in the opening frame.

Bartra: Has so far won all of his aerial battles.

Alba: His cross from the left earned the penalty after the ball struck Mario's hand.

Song: Hit the upright from in close in the sixth minute.

Busquets: The metronome of the Barcelona attack.

Iniesta: A rather subdued performance so far.

Alexis: Forced Asenjo into a spectacular save from point-blank range.

Cesc: Not completely comfortable in the forward line.

Neymar: Sent Asenjo the wrong way in converting the penalty.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 14:  Neymar of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou on December 14, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Imag
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Full-time analysis

Pinto: Came up big when forced to make his lone save of the night.

Montoya: Got some stick from his teammates for a series of misplaced crosses.

Pique: Made a pair of vital interventions in the final 20 minutes.

Bartra: Lost Musacchio on the corner that led to the Villarreal goal.

Alba: It was his first match in three months, but he looked in mid-season form.

Song: Was replaced by Xavi midway through the second half.

Busquets: Completed an impressive 94% of his passes.

Iniesta: Forced Asenjo into a superb stop with a volley from an Alexis pass.

Alexis: Controlled Cesc's sublime ball before dishing to Neymar for the match-winner.

Cesc: A much better second half was capped by setting up Neymar's second of the night.

Neymar: He now has 10 goals in all competitions for Barcelona.

Xavi: Calmed things down for the hosts when the score was level.

Pedro: Narrowly missed scoring Barcelona's fourth after being set up by Neymar.

Sergi Roberto: Made a late cameo after replacing Cesc.