Champions League: Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Barcelona Player Ratings (Part 2)

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Barcelona Player Ratings:
Victor Valdes (6.5): Barcelona’s first-choice goalkeeper was at hand to deny Bayern thrice after the interval., Gonzalo Castro and Stefan Kiessling all tried to get the better of the experienced shot stopper, but failed in
their attempts. for the crucial third goal as La Blaugrana wrapped up the fixture. (5.5): Another ordinary outing for the Catalan captain. He was involved in a few mix-ups at the back, while his poor clearance led to Bayern’s first goal.ánchez-c4979 through on goal.  
Eric Abidal (6.0): Apart from allowing Corluka to setup Bayern’s goal, the ageing defender had a solid night out. He supported his team-mates in attack whenever he could and gave a good account of his defensive abilities.
Cesc Fabregas (6.5): He was deployed in a withdrawn midfield role and provided Alexis Sanchez with a lovely through ball. The former skipper was close to adding his name to the score-sheet, but he missed the opportunity to do so.
Andres Iniesta (6.0): The Spanish international was below his usual best and was rightly substituted at the hour mark for Thiago Alcantara. Injuries have taken a toll on his performance which was evident from his rusty performance. (5.0): The former Argentinean captain partnered Carles Puyol in defence and was never stressed by the rivals. He was careless in possession and was caught out of position by Bayern attackers. defensively.
Alexis Sanchez (8.5): The Chilean international has started to repay the faith of Pep Guardiola, who spent millions to bring him to Catalonia. Despite being caught offside on several occasions, the exciting winger scored twice for Barcelona
and was lively throughout the match.
Lionel Messi (8.0): El Pulga was as effective as ever, setting up Alexis Sanchez with an exquisite through ball and scoring the third goal for La Blaugrana. He should have added more to his tally but his excellent chip only managed to hit
the post in the dying minutes of the match.
• Substitutions Alcantara (6.0): The young midfielder came at the hour mark in place of Andres Iniesta. He was always positive in his approach and added much-needed pace to the Barcelona attacks. (5.0): The exciting attacker gave another subdued performance for Barcelona as he spurned a good goal-scoring opportunity with poor fist touch.
Isaac Cuenca (5.0): Was introduced in the match with five minutes remaining and never had enough time to make an impact.
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