Barcelona clashed heads with Viktoria Plzen at the Doosan Arena earlier tonight as they hoped to grind out a good result away from home in the UEFA Champions League. The Catalan giants made a quick start to the game and scored the opening goal in the sixth minute when Marcos Alonso found the back of the net from close range. Ferran Torres made it 2-0 to Barca just before the half-time interval.
The home side pulled a goal back via Tomas Chory’s penalty in the 51st minute. However, Torres scored again just three minutes later. Chory scored another goal in the 63rd minute before Pablo Torre netted Barcelona’s fourth goal which put the match to bed. The contest ended with Xavi’s men earning a dominant 4-2 on the road.
Let’s take a look at how each Barcelona player fared during the match against Viktoria Plzen.
GK: Inaki Pena – 7.5/10
The Barca keeper made a handful of impressive saves at the back but won’t be happy after conceding two goals in the second half.
RB: Hector Bellerin – 6.5/10
Bellerin got stuck in with some solid tackles and had a few lively moments in the final third.
CB: Gerard Pique – 7/10
He tried his best to keep things solid at the back and was a threat at the other end of the field as well.
CB: Marcos Alonso – 8/10
The Spanish talent cleared his lines when needed and gave Barca the lead with an early goal.
LB: Jordi Alba – 7/10
Alba managed to create a few promising chances for his teammates and has got an assist to show for his efforts.
CM: Gavi – 7/10
He anchored the midfield with conviction but offered very little going forward.
CM: Franck Kessie – 6.5/10
Kessie offered some decent protection for his teammates at the back and was quiet in the final third.
CM: Pablo Torre – 7/10
He struggled to get into the flow of the game and deserves credit for scoring Barca’s fourth goal in the 75th minute.
RW: Raphinha – 8/10
The Brazilian winger managed to orchestrate some good openings for others around him and has got two assists to his name.
ST: Ansu Fati – 6.5/10
He was not shy of having a strike at goal but failed to take any of his chances.
LW: Ferran Torres – 8.5/10
The Spanish sensation was a constant menace in the final third and scored a brace tonight that helped the Catalan side secure the win.
LB: Alejandro Balde – 6/10
He made one good run with the ball.
CM: Marc Casado – 6/10
Casado added some bite and steel to Xavi’s midfield.
CM: Alvaro Sanz – 6/10
His impact on the game was minimal.
LW: Ousmane Dembele – 6/10
He failed to make an impact.