Barcelona vs. Villarreal: Live Player Ratings for Barcelona

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Barcelona vs. Villarreal: Live Player Ratings for Barcelona
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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
Player First half Second half
Pinto 8 9
Montoya 8 7
Bartra 9 8
Pique 9 9
Alba 9 9
Song 7 6
Busquets 9 9
Iniesta 7 8
Alexis 7 8
Cesc 6 8
Neymar 9 9


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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.

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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.

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