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Barcelona continued their strong start to the La Liga campaign, as they claimed a 2-0 win over Deportivo Alaves, on Saturday, thanks to a double from talisman Lionel Messi.
The Argentine had a penalty saved in the first-half, as the tie remained goalless despite the Catalans dominating proceedings for large parts. Ten minutes into the second period, however, Messi finally found the breakthrough with a deflected strike. The 30-year old doubled his team’s advantage in the 66th minute, to seal three points for Ernesto Valverde’s men on the day.
Here’s how the Barcelona players fared on the day;
Made a vital save to deny Sobrino in the first period and was alert to situations when needed.
Returned to the right-back position. Booked in the first period. Did very little wrong, but looks much better when utilized in midfield.
Booked for a blatant hand ball in the first-half. Beaten for pace on a few occasions by Sobrino in the first-half. Has started the season poorly.
Once again Barcelona’s best defender on the field. Used his pace well to track back on a number of occasions.
Got forward well with great intent and was involved in the build-up to the opener. Did miss an opportunity to get himself on the scoresheet.
Could not influence the game going forward, but did the dirty work in the middle of the game.
Broke up play and recycled possession. Played a number of teasing balls forward for his teammates.
Dictated the tempo in the game and linked up well with Messi through the middle. Not his best, but a good enough display.
Playing in an advanced role, the Spaniard showed good energy and intent and made some piercing runs down the right-flank.
Looked up for it, buzzing around at the top. Saw a penalty brilliantly saved, but pounced upon the opportunities to score his 350th and 351st La Liga goals in the second period.
Wasn’t afforded a lot of space down the left-side, but worked hard. Seems to lack the quality and the consistency.
Replaced Vidal in the 57th minute. Played a role in the second goal for Barcelona.
Came on for Deulofeu with 20 minutes left. Nothing spectacular, but solid.
Made his debut for his new club with two minutes left.