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Alba Gets 8.5, Busquets With 7.5 | Barcelona Players Rated In Narrow Win Vs Real Betis

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Barcelona faced off against Real Betis at the Benito Villamarín Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to collect all three points on their travels. The Catalan giants were solid in the first half but were held to a 0-0 draw at half-time.

Ansu Fati finally broke the deadlock for Barca in the 76th minute when he scored with an accurate finish. However, the home side responded just three minutes later courtesy of Marc Batra’s header. Jordi Alba ended up scoring the winner for the Catalan giants deep in injury-time when he found the back of the net with a powerful volley. The contest ended with Xavi’s men coming away with a 2-1 victory from Andalusia.

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

GK: Neto – 7/10

Neto made a few decent saves at the back and did enough to restrict the opposition to just one goal.

RB: Dani Alves – 7/10

He was solid at the back and made several good runs with the ball down the right flank. Alves has got an assist to show for his efforts.

CB: Ronald Araujo – 7/10

Araujo made some important defensive contributions inside his half and was a threat at the other end of the field as well.

CB: Eric Garcia – 6/10

He made one crucial interception but looked shaky at times on the defensive third of the pitch.

SEVILLE, SPAIN – MAY 07: Jordi Alba of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the La Liga Santander match between Real Betis and FC Barcelona at Estadio Benito Villamarin on May 07, 2022 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)
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LB: Jordi Alba – 8.5/10

The Spaniard performed his defensive duties well and popped up with the winning goal in injury-time with a great volley.

CM: Frenkie de Jong – 6.5/10

He earned the ball back a couple of times and had some lively moments in the opponent’s half.

CM: Sergio Busquets – 7.5/10

Busquets protected his backline well but offered very little going forward.

CM: Gavi – 6/10

Gavi struggled to get a foothold in the game and got substituted in the 78th minute.

RW: Ousmane Dembele – 6.5/10

The French talent made a few exciting runs with the ball but didn’t get too many sniffs at goal.

ST: Ferran Torres – 6.5/10

Torres was a real threat in the attacking end of the field but didn’t do enough to score tonight.

LW: Memphis Depay – 6/10

The Dutch sensation had some lively moments up top but never looked like he would find the back of the net.


ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 6/10

He failed to score after coming off the bench.

RW: Adama Traore – 6/10

Traore struggled to get into the flow of the game.

LW: Ansu Fati – 7/10

Fati came on and scored with his second touch to put Barca ahead on the night.

CM: Riqui Puig – 6/10

He added more energy to Barca’s midfield.

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