Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao, 2-1, on Sunday thanks to a flurry of goals in a two-minute span late in the second half.
Pedro equalized the match in the 72nd minute for the hosts before Lionel Messi scored on a free-kick in the 74th minute.
Continue reading below for complete full-time analysis and ratings for the Barcelona players in the victory.
|Player||Half-time Rating||Full-time Rating|
Jose Pinto: Was left standing still on the overhead attempt by Aritz Aduriz in the 30th minute. Luckily, he recovered to deny Susaeta of scoring a wide-open goal.
Dani Alves: Made just one key tackle on the defensive end of the ball and did not contribute much in the attack.
Marc Bartra: Bartra and Mascherano did have some trouble with Aduriz during the first 45 minutes, but they didn't concede a goal, and that is the most important statistic.
Javier Mascherano: Had a shaky clearance in the 35th minute, but his goalkeeper was there to clean up the error.
Adriano: Was the better of the two full-backs in attack with two key passes and a shot on target.
Alex Song: Song has not been bad in the midfield alongside Xavi and Iniesta, but he has not done anything to stand out as of yet.
Xavi: Made 39 passes in the first half, 90 percent of which he completed. He was also the midfielder with the most touches with 47.
Andres Iniesta: Was good, but not great, with 42 touches and a pass accuracy of 88 percent in a first half dominated by the front three.
Pedro: Was a menace in the attack, but he could not find a way past Iraizoz. Pedro had two shots on target and two key passes in the first half.
Lionel Messi: Messi was his normal creative self in the first half as he searched for the first goal of the match. His pass to Pedro in the 13th minute was a thing of beauty, but Pedro failed to finish off the first true chance of the game.
Alexis Sanchez: Hit the top of the crossbar in the 32nd minute with a shot that should have found its way past Iraizoz and into the back of the net.
Pinto: On the Athletic goal, he was left sprawling to the left, but he could not reach the strong finish by Aduriz.
Alves: Was the conductor of the first goal as he provided Pedro with the ball before the Spaniard fired the first Barca goal past Iraizoz.
Bartra: Was at fault for the first Athletic goal after he was dispossessed by Iker Muniain just outside of the box. Just before that error, Bartra made a strong play on Aduriz by stepping up and denying him the ball.
Mascherano: Held strong at the back as Athletic searched for an equalizer late in the game. He also made a steaming run forward in the 85th minute, but his shot soared over the goal.
Adriano: Just like he did in the first half, Adriano was impressive moving forward. Adding to his two key passes on offense were his three key tackles and four effective clearances on defense.
Song: Was very efficient in the midfield with 67 touches and a pass accuracy of 88 percent.
Xavi: Was taken off in the 70th minute in favor of Cesc Fabregas after sending in one key pass and recording a pass accuracy of 90 percent.
Iniesta: The Spanish international turned in an efficient, but far from flashy, game for Barcelona with an 88 percent pass accuracy and six accurate long balls.
Pedro: After so many missed chances, Pedro finally scored in the 72nd minute to equalize the match. Overall, he had four shots on target and two key passes.
Messi: Manufactured the second goal as he earned a free-kick and then slammed home the set piece into the bottom left corner of the net.
Sanchez: Was very active for his 87 minutes on the pitch, and his strong effort was well represented by the numbers he put up. The Chilean had three key passes and a shot on target.
Cesc Fabregas: Surprisingly entered the match for Xavi in the 70th minute and he only made 15 touches while on the pitch.
Cristian Tello: Despite coming on late in the match, Tello did have a chance to score, but he was too hesitant in front of the Athletic goal.
All statistics obtained from WhoScored.com.