Levante vs. Barcelona: Live Player Ratings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2014

VALENCIA, SPAIN - JANUARY 19:  Nabil El Zhar (L) of Levante competes for the ball with Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the la Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia on January 19, 2014 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Barcelona defeated Levante, 4-1, in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal tie.

The Catalans received three second-half goals from Cristian Tello, who recorded his first ever hat-trick for Barcelona. 

The other goal was an own goal scored by Juanfran in the 53rd minute, which was a goal that helped spark the Barca comeback. 

Nabil El Zhar scored the lone Levante goal of the match in the 31st minute after a defensive debacle on a set piece by Barcelona. 

Below are complete player ratings and analysis from Barcelona's triumph in Valencia. 


Barcelona Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Jose Pinto66
Dani Alves6.77
Marc Bartra66.5
Carles Puyol5.76
Alex Song6.57
Sergi Roberto6.56.5
Lionel Messi6.89.5
Cristian Tello6.510
Javier MascheranoN/A6
Alexis SanchezN/A6


Half-time Analysis: 

Jose Pinto: Pinto made a strong reflex save on El Zhar in the 31st minute, but the rebound bounced right back to the Levante forward, who pounced and scored the first goal of the match. 

Dani Alves: At right-back, Alves picked up 86 touches, but none of them ended in a solid chance for the Barca attack. 

Marc Bartra: Picked up a yellow in the 26th minute for a handball, but does have a 97 percent pass accuracy. 

Carles Puyol: His header off of the Sergio set piece in the 31st minute found the feet of El Zhar, who finished on the second of his two chances. 

Adriano: The left-back had a chance to show off some flair in the 23rd minute with his creative chip over the head of Javi Jimenez in the Levante goal, but the shot did not end up on target. 

Alex Song: Song played in front of the center-backs in a more defensive role and was relatively quiet throughout the first 45 minutes. 

Xavi: The midfield maestro was active in the middle of the pitch with 65 touches, but he failed to deliver a final key pass during the first half of play. 

Sergi Roberto: The youngster had a chance to be a part of a strong attacking play in the 15th minute, but his attempted pass to Messi had too much mustard on it. 

Cristian Tello: Tello only had 26 touches in the first half as most of the attack ran through the right-wing pairing of Dani Alves and Pedro. 

Lionel Messi: The star of the team had an average first half based on his standards with just 40 touches and an 80 percent pass accuracy. 

Pedro: In the fifth minute, Pedro cut through the defense to get off a shot that nailed the bottom left corner of the post. 


Full-time Analysis:

Pinto: With his team in control of possession for most of the second half, Pinto barely had to do anything to prevent Levante from scoring again. 

Alves: The creative full-back continued to start attack after attack in the final 45 minutes and he was rewarded for his efforts with a chance on goal in the 58th minute. Unfortunately for Alves, his screaming shot barely missed the top crossbar. 

Bartra: With no chances on goal by the visitors in the second half, Bartra was able to play an easy rest of the match alongside Javier Mascherano once Puyol went off injured. 

Puyol: The center-back left the match due to an apparent leg injury in the 57th minute. He ended the night with 39 touches and the defensive header that led to the first Levante strike by El Zhar. 

Adriano: He was less active in attack than his fellow full-back, Alves, but Adriano did win all of his aerial battles and committed just one foul. 

Song: You may not have heard Song's name called too much on the commentary, but that is a good thing for a defensive-minded midfielder like himself. He had the third-most touches on the team with 96.

Xavi: After a quiet first 45 minutes, Xavi came to life in the second half by marching forward more in attack. As always, he was the fulcrum of the midfield with 124 touches and a 90 percent pass accuracy.

Sergi Roberto: The 21-year-old did not have his best game on the pitch in a Barca kit on Wednesday night. He touched the ball just 65 times and was not a factor in the second half. 

Tello: Tello was the star of the night as he recorded a second-half hat-trick. Once he scored his first goal in the 60th minute, the confidence began to flow out of the 22-year-old, who also netted in the 81st and 86th minutes. 

Messi: The superstar recorded his 120th assist for the Catalans in his 400th club appearance. The assist came on a through ball that perfectly set up Tello to charge in for his 60th-minute strike. Messi would go on and set up Tello on two more occasions in the second half. 

Pedro: Left the pitch in the 77th minute with few contributions to the Barca attack. The winger had two shots and 67 total touches. 



Javier Mascherano: Mascherano replaced Puyol in the 57th minute and he got to sit back and enjoy the attacking display put on by Tello and Messi. 

Alexis Sanchez: Sanchez entered the match in the 77th minute and failed to make a huge impact in the attack because of how well Tello and Messi were combining. 


All statistics obtained via WhoScored.com.




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