Barcelona 2-1 Manchester City: How the Camp Nou players rated

Lionel Messi was devastating for Barcelona while City's Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Sergio Agüero had nights to forget


Víctor Valdés 8 Not called upon until a decent save in the 42nd minute from Nasri but topped that with a brilliant tip-over from Dzeko's header

Dani Alves 7 Disciplined defensive display, less inclined than usual to bomb down the touchline until he popped up for his late goal

Javier Mascherano 6 His sense of positioning was found wanting but City's attack did not ask enough questions of the former midfielder

Gerard Piqué 7 Polished early display at the heart of the defence wore off when he found Dzeko's height less to his liking in the second half

Jordi Alba 5 Suffered for not being fully involved, with Nasri finding himself unmarked by the left-back at crucial moments

Xavi Hernández 8 Kept the side ticking over to his passing beat and the City back four lacked a barrier to keep the influential midfielder at bay

Sergio Busquets 7 Tidy and efficient, but had difficulty dealing with Touré's bullying advances towards the edge of the penalty area

Andrés Iniesta 8 Impossible to pin down, the visiting defence were unsure whether to mark him or try to anticipate his moves

Lionel Messi 9 Close to his devastating best, City could not deal with his surges. Hit a post before his goal as good as settled the tie

Cesc Fábregas 8 Did the less glamorous digging at the heart of the carousel before turning creator as his devastating pass set up Messi for his goal

Neymar 8 In an unfamiliar wide-right position he did his share of the donkey work and was unlucky to have a good goal disallowed


Alexis (for Neymar, 80).

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Manchester City

Joe Hart 7 A plunge at the feet of Fábregas in the second half kept his side in the game but he had little chance with Messi's crafty goal

Pablo Zabaleta 5 Missed virtually an open goal in the 55th minute and a second yellow, for dissent over a penalty denied to Dzeko, brought red

Vincent Kompany 8 Seems fated to play alongside less-gifted partners. Did his best to hold the Barça waves at bay and deserved his consolation goal

Joleon Lescott 4 Fallible from the start and lucky not to give away a penalty when he tripped his tormentor, Messi, early in the first half

Aleksandar Kolarov 5 In some discomfort and could not decide whether to track Neymar or hold his position. Booked for fouling the Brazilian

Fernandinho 6 An early yellow for a reckless foul on Busquets acted as a curb on his usual aggressive patrolling of the defence

James Milner 4 Never much of an influence on the game and appeared slow and laboured in such august, quicksilver company

David Silva 7 A gadfly testing the defence, he was clearly in the mood but did not see enough of the ball to cause sufficient damage and faded

Yaya Touré 8 Playing in his more dangerous advanced role he appeared to be City's best hope of turning the tie around before Messi's goal

Samir Nasri 6 Bright start and had the first half's best chance when Silva's flick created space for a shot that was straight at Valdés

Sergio Agüero 4 Still not match fit, he really needed Dzeko or Negredo alongside him to share the workload and was subbed at the interval


Dzeko (for Agüero, h-t); Negredo (Silva, 72)

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