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Gavi Gets 9, Lewandowski With 8 | Barcelona Players Rated In Impressive Win Vs Real Madrid

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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 faced off against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final at the King Fahd Stadium earlier today as they looked to secure a victory in Saudi Arabia. Barca made a good start to the game and got their noses ahead in the 33rd minute when Gavi found the back of the net. Robert Lewandowski doubled his team’s advantage in the 45th minute as Xavi’s men went into the half-time break 2-0 up on the scoreline.

Pedri killed the game off in the 69th minute when he found the back of the net. However, Real Madrid got a goal back in injury time via Karim Benzema’s effort as Barcelona cruised to a 3-1 win in the Spanish Super Cup final.

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

GK: Marc Andre ter Stegen – 7/10

The German keeper made a few good saves at the back but will be disappointed after conceding a late goal.

RB: Ronald Araujo – 7/10

Araujo didn’t do much wrong at the back and was accurate with his passing.

CB: Jules Kounde – 6.5/10

He didn’t do much wrong at the back and was tidy with his passing.

CB: Andreas Christensen – 6.5/10

Christensen didn’t put a foot wrong when defending inside his half and made one good chance going forward.

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LB: Alejandro Balde – 6.5/10

He made one important clearance inside his half and was accurate with his passing.

CM: Sergio Busquets – 7/10

Busquets anchored the midfield with conviction and had a couple of lively moments in the final third.

CM: Frenkie de Jong – 7/10

He came back to defend when needed and made one good run with the ball.

RW: Ousmane Dembele – 7/10

Dembele completed a couple of encouraging dribbles on the right flank but failed to register a goal.

CAM: Pedri – 7.5/10

The Spanish talent deserves a lot of credit for scoring in the 69th minute. However, he offered very little in the final third otherwise.

LW: Gavi – 9/10

Gavi came back to defend when needed and engineered a few inviting chances for his teammates to find the back of the net. He has got a goal and an assist to show for his efforts.

ST: Robert Lewandowski – 8/10

Lewandowski was a constant menace in the final third and ended the game with a goal and an assist to his name.

Substitutes:

RW: Raphinha – 6/10

He added some pace to Xavi’s attack.

CB: Eric Garcia – N/A

Garcia came on for the final few minutes of the game.

CM: Franck Kessie – N/A

Kessie hardly had any time to influence the game.

LW: Ansu Fati – N/A

He didn’t get enough time to make an impact.

RB: Sergi Roberto – N/A

Roberto came on as a substitute in the 89th minute.

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