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Christensen Gets 7.5, Raphinha With 5 | Barcelona Players Rated In Lackluster Draw Vs Espanyol

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Barcelona entertained Espanyol at the Nou Camp earlier today as they hoped to secure a positive result in front of their home fans. The Catalan club made a good start to the game as they took the lead in the seventh minute via Marcos Alonso’s goal. Barca went into the half-time break with a 1-0 lead.

Joselu equalised for the visitors from the penalty spot as Xavi’s men ended up being held to a 1-1 draw at Catalonia.

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

GK: Marc-André ter Stegen – 6/10

He didn’t have a save to make in the game and will be disappointed after conceding a goal late in the game.

RB: Sergi Roberto – 6/10

Roberto was solid at the back and was accurate with his passing.

CB: Andreas Christensen – 7.5/10

Christensen was a strong presence in the air and was good on the ball.

CB: Marcos Alonso – 7/10

Alonso tried his best to keep things tidy at the back and scored the opening goal in the seventh minute.

Nou Camp
Nou Camp

LB: Jordi Alba – 5/10

The Spaniard created some inviting chances in the final third but let his teammates down by getting sent off in the 78th minute.

CM: Gavi – 6.5/10

Gavi failed to offer enough protection for his teammates at the back but was a lively presence in the opponent’s half.

CM: Frenkie de Jong – 7/10

De Jong anchored the midfield with conviction and had a couple of bright moments in the final third.

CM: Pedri – 7/10

The Spanish sensation made some decent chances for others around him and made some key contributions on the defensive end of the field.

RW: Raphinha – 7/10

Raphinha engineered some meaningful chances for his teammates in the final third but failed to register a goal.

ST: Robert Lewandowski – 6.5/10

He was a real threat up top but struggled to find the back of the net.

LW: Ansu Fati – 6/10

Fati had two good moments in the game but offered very little down the left flank.

Substitutes:

CM: Sergio Busquets – 6.5/10

Busquets orchestrated one good chance in the final third.

LW: Ferran Torres – 5.5/10

He struggled to get into the flow of the game.

RW: Ousmane Dembele – 6/10

Dembele added some pace to Xavi’s attack.

RB: Jules Kounde – N/A

He didn’t get enough time to influence the game after coming off the bench.

LB: Alejandro Balde – N/A

Balde hardly had enough time to make an impact.

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