Barcelona vs Manchester United – player ratings

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24th, April 2008

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BARCELONA
Valdés
Rarely called on, had no say in Ronaldo’s penalty miss. 6
Zambrotta Showed his pedigree and almost scored with a killer shot from range. 7
Márquez Very fortunate to get away with a foul on C-Ron in the area. Otherwise solid. 6
Milito Unlucky to give away the penalty so early on, but recovered well and teamed up well with Marquez. 6
Abidal A reliable outlet on the left flank, where he made some athletic runs. Rarely called into defensive action, but did his job well. 7


Xavi Couldn’t quite unlock United’s defence, but had a fine night. Masterful in possession. 7
Yaya Touré On his way to becoming Europe’s premier holding midfielder. Quick, strong, intelligent, competitive, and also prepared to get forward. 8
Deco A throwback performance from one of Barca’s forgotten men. Got the better of Paul Scholes. 7
Messi Mesmeric in the first half, eclipsing Ronaldo, but faded a little and was rightly substituted with half an hour to go. 7
Eto’o Quiet for much of the game, largely thanks to an inability to climb out of Rio Ferdinand’s pocket. Improved in the second half though. 6
Iniesta Gave possession to United in a dangerous area, but apart from that he had a good night, more so when he switched over from left to right. 7
Subs:
Bojan Looked a little out of his depth. His time will come. 5
Henry Tested Van der Sar with a fierce shot, and went quite close with a free-kick. Looked hungry to remind English fans of his qualities. 6
MAN UTD
Van der Sar
Apart from a few dodgy clearing

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