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Dembele Gets 9, De Jong With 8 | Barcelona Players Rated In Narrow Win Vs Real Sociedad

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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 Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp earlier tonight as they looked to secure a good result in the Copa del Rey. The Catalan club made a decent start to the game and found themselves at a numerical advantage in the 40th minute when Brais Mendez got sent off by the referee. Barca went into the half-time break with a goalless scoreline.

Ousmane Dembele finally made the decisive breakthrough for Xavi’s side in the 52nd minute as Barcelona ended up earning a narrow 1-0 win at home.

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

GK: Marc-André ter Stegen – 7/10

The German keeper made a couple of solid saves at the back and secured an easy clean sheet in front of the home fans.

RB: Jules Kounde – 8/10

He didn’t do much wrong at the back and had some joy as well in the opponent’s half.

CB: Ronald Araujo – 7/10

Araujo was a solid presence on the defensive end of the pitch and was good on the ball as well.

CB: Andreas Christensen – 7.5/10

He did what was required of him inside his half and was accurate with his ball distribution.

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Nou Camp

LB: Alejandro Balde – 7.5/10

Balde used his pace well at times and had a good game at left back.

CM: Pedri – 7.5/10

The Spaniard created some decent plays for others around him but had to be substituted because of an injury problem.

CM: Sergio Busquets – 7/10

He offered decent protection for his teammates at the back and was a tidy passer in midfield.

CM: Frenkie de Jong – 8/10

De Jong was a constant menace in the opponent’s half but there was no goal for him tonight.

RW: Ousmane Dembele – 9/10

The Frenchman caused all kinds of problems for the Sociedad defenders and scored the only goal of the game in the 52nd minute.

ST: Robert Lewandowski – 7/10

Lewandowski linked up play well with others around him but failed to register a goal.

LW: Gavi – 7.5/10

He showed his class on the ball and produced a lively display on the left flank.


CM: Franck Kessie – 6/10

Kessie offered very little after coming off the bench.

RW: Raphinha – N/A

He hardly had any time to influence the game.

LW: Ansu Fati – N/A

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

CB: Marcos Alonso – N/A

He came on for the final few minutes of the contest.

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