Barcelona vs. Osasuna: Live Player Ratings for La Liga Title Chasers Barca

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2014

Barcelona's Daniel Alves celebrates at the end of their Champions League, round of 16, second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday March 12, 2014. Alves scored the second goal in Barcelona's 2-1 win. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Barcelona played Osasuna in their Sunday afternoon La Liga fixture, looking to claim back ground on the top two in the title fight.

They did that in style by wrapping up a 7-0 win, with Leo Messi becoming the highest Barcelona scorer of all time as he hit a hat-trick. Alexis Sanchez, Andres Iniesta, Cristian Tello and Pedro also all found the net.

Barcelona Player Ratings

Barcelona first half analysis:

VALDES—Utterly untroubled, made one save before the rebound was put in, offside though.

ALVES—Raiding forward constantly and really linking well with Alexis. Great overlapping.

MASCHERANO—Covering well behind his full-backs, looking assured in his defensive work.

BARTRA—Hasn't had much to deal with.

ALBA—Has been strangely uninvolved given the room ahead of him to attack. Lost the ball in a dangerous area early on.

BUSQUETS—Controlling everything. Quick passing getting his team moving forward.

XAVI—Great quick moves and getting involved inside the penalty box too.

INIESTA—Running the game. Wonderful footwork and vision and a thunderous goal.

ALEXIS—Some of his link-up play has been excellent, constantly making angles. Deserved his goal.

MESSI—As with Alexis, great linking up and movement off the ball. A record-breaking goal.

PEDRO—Involved in flashes though not as much as the other two forwards, but has been a good outlet for diagonal passes inside the box.

Barcelona second half analysis:

VALDES—Made a couple of saves from long-range shots but had little to do.

ALVES—Was superb in the final third, created so many chances.

MASCHERANO—A bad tackle landed him a yellow card. Solid otherwise.

BARTRA—Not disturbed much at the back other than missing a clearance off a set piece.

ALBA—Had a few nervy moments at the back but improved and offered more going forward.

BUSQUETS—A fine match, controlling and dictating play as ever.

XAVI—Played an hour and ran the show for most of it.

INIESTA—Was at his very best today, jinking past defenders, opening up space and setting up chances.

ALEXIS—Less involved after the break but still a fine all-round attacking display.

PEDRO—Came to life after the break and got a deserved late goal. Could have had another. Superb running at the defence.

MESSI—Hat-trick hero and record breaker. Looked increasingly sharp, showed good awareness and finished coolly, as always.


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