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Depay Gets 8, Gavi With 7.5| Barcelona Players Rated In Narrow Win Vs Espanyol

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Barcelona welcomed Espanyol at the Nou Camp earlier tonight as they focused on securing a positive result in front of their home fans in La Liga. Barca produced a strong performance in the first half but couldn’t make the decisive breakthrough in the first half as they went into the half-time interval with a goalless scoreline.

The home side earned an early penalty in the second half which Memphis Depay successfully converted to give Barca the all-important lead. Xavi’s men protected their narrow advantage well and managed to grind out a 1-0 win in the Catalan derby.

Let’s take a look at how each Barcelona player performed during the match against Espanyol.

GK: Marc-André ter Stegen – 7/10

The German shot-stopper made a couple of solid stops and would be quite pleased after securing a clean sheet at home.

RB: Oscar Mingueza – 6.5/10

He was strong in the air and didn’t do much wrong at the back. Mingueza got replaced in the 87th minute.

CB: Gerard Pique – 7/10

The Spaniard kept things tidy inside his half and did enough to earn a shutout in the derby.

CB: Eric Garcia – 7/10

Garcia marshalled his backline with conviction and also won a few aerial duels for his team. He even passed the ball well from the back.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 20: Memphis Depay of FC Barcelona is tackled by Leandro Cabrera of Espanyol leading to a penalty awarded to Barcelona during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou on November 20, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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LB: Jordi Alba – 7/10

The Spanish left-back made a couple of interceptions and orchestrated two good chances for his teammates in the opposition half.

CM: Nico Gonzalez – 7/10

He had some lively moments in the game and created a couple of decent openings for his teammates.

CM: Sergio Busquets – 7/10

Busquets had a few promising moments in the opponent’s half and deserves credit for offering some solid protection for his backline.

CM: Frenkie de Jong – 7/10

He created some meaningful openings for others around him and worked hard defensively as well.

RW: Gavi – 7.5/10

He tracked back to defend inside his half when needed and made a few impressive runs with the ball down the right flank.

ST: Memphis Depay – 8/10

Depay caused all kinds of headaches for the Espanyol centre-backs and kept his composure to convert his penalty early in the second half.

LW: Ilias Akhomach – 6/10

He struggled to get into the rhythm of the game and got substituted at half-time.

Substitutes:

LW: Abde Ezzalzouli – 7/10

He made multiple exciting runs with the ball after coming off the bench.

RW: Philippe Coutinho – 6/10

The Brazilian offered very little during his time on the field.

CM: Riqui Puig – 6/10

He was tidy with his passing.

CB: Ronald Araujo – N/A

Araujo came on to see out the three points.

LW: Yusuf Demir – N/A

He didn’t get enough minutes to warrant a rating.

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