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Levante vs. Barcelona: Live Player Ratings for Barca

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, celebrates his goal with team mates during a Spanish Copa del Rey match between FC Barcelona and Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2014

Barcelona were unable to go three points clear at the top of La Liga as they were held to a draw at Levante.

The scoreline ended Levante 1-1 Barcelona, with Gerard Pique heading an equaliser after Loukas Vyntra had headed the opener for the home side.

Barcelona Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Valdes56
Montoya77
Mascherano77
Pique77
Alba66
Busquets77
Xavi88
Cesc67
Alexis65
Pedro76
Messi66
b/r

Quick first half analysis

Valdes: Statuesque for the goal, untroubled otherwise.

Montoya: Has gotten forward well though no real danger created as a result. Linking well with wide forwards.

Mascherano: Calm on the ball and has covered behind the rest of the defence several times.

Pique: Lost his man for the goal, made up for it with the equaliser.

Alba: Reckless tackle early on could easily have been one card or another. Not involved going forward too often.

Busquets: Controlling the recycling of possession well.

Xavi: Completely on his game, almost perfect in everything he has done so far.

Cesc: Hasn't managed to be a creative influence in playing in midfield so far.

Alexis: Good off the ball movement at times but struggling to get behind a packed defence.

Pedro: The better of the two wide forwards so far, just hasn't found the right end pass.

Messi: Being kept quiet and not many shooting opportunities.

 

Second half quick analysis

Valdes: Made two routine if flashy saves after the break but generally didn't have much to do.

Montoya: The best outlet for a while that the team had to stretch Levante. As with all four wide men, poor delivery let him down.

Pique: Stronger defensively after the break, had two late chances to score.

Mascherano: Solid and dependable. Rarely beaten.

Busquets: Passing in final third was over ambitious, won everything back against the counter attack though.

Xavi: Not as dominant in the second half, subbed.

Cesc: Had played fairly well but unhappy to be subbed.

Alexis: Poor end product all game.

Pedro: Overran the ball at critical moments, not enough link play.

Messi: Livened up late on with a few dribbles but Levante defended well against him.

 

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